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Book Review: The Lucky Escape by Laura Jane Williams

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I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and Avon Books U.K. in exchange for an honest review.

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Blurb

ONE CANCELLED WEDDING

When the day finally comes for Annie to marry Alexander, the last thing she expects is to be left standing at the altar. She was so sure he was Mr Right. Now, she has no idea how she could have got it so wrong.
 
ONE UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER

After a chance meeting with Patrick, an old friend who reminds her of who she used to be, Annie takes a vow of her own: she’ll say yes to every opportunity that comes her way from now on.

ONE SPARE TICKET FOR THE HONEYMOON 

Could a spontaneous trip with Patrick be the way to mend Annie’s heart? She’s about to find out as she embarks on her honeymoon – with a man who’s not her husband…

My Thoughts

After reading (and throughly enjoying) Our Stop, I had a feeling that Laura Jane Williams was one to watch. Whilst I haven’t read The Love Square (yet), I knew I had to read this one and – let me just say – I’m so glad I did.

In a world where we’re lucky for any kind of escape (I’m choosing books, and whatever requires as few nasty Covid tests as possible 😂), it was nice to switch off for a moment and forget my problems. Of course, Annie’s circumstances at the beginning of the book are less than ideal. Her fiancé Alexander jilts her at the altar, with no explanation. What follows, at least for the first half, is a great sense of loss, confusion and a woman taking the time to put herself together again.

The pre-holiday part of the book did drag a little bit but I think it was important to read as so many of the same books have something bad happen and then the protagonist just gets on with it?? It was nice to see Annie’s friends and family rally round here and – when she’s reunited with an old friend – the book really picked up.

What follows is what I’d call an “unhoneymoon” as Patrick and Annie journey through Australia. Not only did this part showcase some gorgeous locations, fabulous food and some crazy characters, it also allowed the reader to see growth of a relationship and self discovery which I absolutely loved.

Williams is brilliant at creating connections and this book is no different. It’s a gorgeous bit of sun, sea and self acceptance.

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