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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  5,530 ratings  ·  657 reviews
In her luminous new novel, Barbara Delinsky explores every woman’s desire to abandon the endless obligations of work and marriage—and the idea that the most passionate romance can be found with the person you know best.

Emily Aulenbach is thirty, a lawyer married to a lawyer, working in Manhattan. An idealist, she had once dreamed of representing victims of corporate abuse
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Paperback, Large Print, 448 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Random House Large Print (first published January 1st 2011)
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 Gigi Ann
I am a Barbara Delinsky fan, I have read many of her books, but I must say I was a little disappointed with this book. I just could not connect with the main character, Emily, at all, I found her a bit spoiled and self-centered, and just a bit boring. I could not make the connection between her and the coyotes, it seemed a bit weird to me. However, that does not mean I won't read anymore Delinsky books. (I love her books.) I just think being from the older generation, this book will probably be ...more
Pamela
Emily is 32; living in New York; working 16-18 hours a day at a large law firm; married to James, a wonderful man whom she loves dearly, who also happens to be a lawyer, and who works more hours than she does. Like every other morning, when Emily wakes up at 6 am she’s already receiving and sending text messages from her boss, husband, clients, sister, and colleagues, etc. She gets to work and it’s while she’s dealing with a file that she feels the walls closing in on her. She immediately leaves ...more
Sara
You know how sometimes you just have to be in the right place in your life to enjoy a book? Well, this one's not doing it for me. I think I would have liked it better in my younger years. Now, I'm too old, jaded, synical. The protagonist Emily, is a lawyer, escaping from her life in NY. Her husband is also a lawyer, they own a house, a nice car, are both young and beautiful and struggling to conceive a child. Emily does not feel fulfilled in her life and is looking for more. Perhaps if Delinsky ...more
Sandy
Today at 5AM I dropped my significant other off at his work. Instead of turning right out of the parking lot as I always do, I turned left and kept going. Yeah, I can relate to this book. It's a different mind-set, driving off into the unknown, leaving the known and dissatisfaction behind. For a while I imagined just driving and driving, stopping in new or even revisiting old places, getting a room, checking in relaxing, walking, exploring, visiting. There are no time constraints, no pressures, ...more
Ameena
At one point or another everyone searches for an escape from their busy life. An escape from work, family, technology, friends, obligations. An escape from the harsh reality of the real world. And the promise of escape from my whining child – even a short-term one – is what drew me to this book in the first place.

This is the story of 32-year-old Emily – wife of James, employee of Lane Lavash, and a woman who dreams of becoming a mother. Emily thinks she’s living the dream in New York City until
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Debbie
I really like Ms. Delinsky's books, but this was not a favorite. It got off to a good start and had some action toward the end, but the majority of the story was a little too "nothing" for me, and I found myself not able to relate to the main character a lot of the time. We were never given sufficient reason for why she would want to escape the way she did, and I would have liked to have seen a few more pages explaining why she found both her husband and her job so unbearable. Once the story go ...more
Sandy
Nice, quiet read. Nothing too complex, the characters were people I could relate to and the plot was simple. Who, if they really had the chance, has not wished they could not quit everything they were doing and run away for a few days and just "find themselves"? The main character in the book did just that and she ends up running back to the place where she found her first love (not her current husband) and where her closest girlfriend lives. But wait, before she leaves "her current life" she ge ...more
Georgina
For the mostpart I enjoyed Escape. An easy read and a story I could identify with.

However...

**SPOILER**

I didn't expect the hostage situation, in fact I found it inconsistent with the storyline. I think what bothered me most was both James and Jude seemed completely out of character in handling the situation. James may have been a great negotiator but I don't believe he would've walked into such a dangerous situation, especially with a baby on the way - he was portrayed as way too responsible fo
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Nicole
I'm very surprised by the number of stars this book received. I have read others by Delinsky that were also escapist fiction, but much better than this one. I read in the afterword that she wrote this book on the advice of her fans. I don't think that was a very good idea. We fans are not authors--what do we know? Premise was ok, the whole "coyote" thing--stupid. And, there were too many things going on at once, but not a lot of detail. I feel like I need to emphasize how lame I felt the coyote ...more
Sheila DeChantal
Emily Aulenback is a successful 30-year-old lawyer married to James - who is also a lawyer. While once she dreamed of representing victims of abuse... instead she sits in her cubicle day after day talking to people who drank tainted water. Day after day the job drones on, the long hours, James putting in even more time than she does, the demands of the lifestyle they had created. Emily lives by her blackberry, her computer, and her watch.

Then one day... suddenly she decided she has had enough. S
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Sara
I too was unable (or unwilling) to finish the book. So much about it is wrong, from the cookie-cutter characters to the unnatural dialogue. I should write more, but I get tired thinking about it. I'm just glad I didn't waste any more time in attempting to finish it.
Iris
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Dana
For decades I have loved the works of B. Delinsky, Anne Rivers Siddens and Nancy Thayer. In the last month I have read the newest novel of all 3 authors and am astounded by what they have lost. Delinsky was always a sure bet for a mesmerizing, gripping and beautifully written novel. Escape escaped all of these adjectives. There were at least half a dozen typos and several grammatical errors, as well! What is going on w/ the editing these days?
The premise of this book was a good one: What happens
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Beth

I am a big Barbara Delinsky fan. When I saw her new novel was out, I knew I had to read it.

This book starts off with a bang. Emily leads a very fast moving, stressful life. One day she has decided she has had enough and just ups and walks out of her job without so much as a word. She goes home, grabs a bag and off she goes, ending up in a town where she spent a very memorable summer. Yep, just ups and leaves her husband and job. There have been times when I would love to take off and just leave
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Laurel-Rain
What if you looked around one day at the accouterments of the "perfect life" you were leading, and literally couldn't breathe? What if the dreams you had and the people you love feel more like "gadgets" in your world, until you scarcely notice them? What if you feel invisible?

Successful New York lawyer Emily Aulenbach experiences all of these feelings one Friday, and acting on impulse, she leaves her office, goes home long enough to grab a few possessions, and takes off. Where will she go? Her p
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Mary (BookHounds)
Who hasn't thought about tossing everything and just running away? This story starts out simply enough with a Emily, a corporate lawyer in New York, realizing her life isn't what she thought it would be. She loves her husband and like being a lawyer, but finds herself more on the side of those she is supposed to be defending her client against. Emily decides she has had enough and simply walks out--on everything. She ends up driving until she discovers herself in a familiar setting where her bes ...more
Sonya Alford
I was given the very exciting opportunity to review 'Escape'. This book was published on 5th April 2012 by Canvas, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Limited. Barbara Delinksy is the author of more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. She has been published in twenty-five languages worldwide. I’ve never actually read any of her books so it was a new experience for me.

One Friday morning, New York lawyer Emily suddenly comes to realise that somewhere in her
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Lisa
I liked it but there were some irritants. I had no problem with her stalking the coyotes -- but I have coyotes in my backyard and they don't just hang around when you approach. They run. Fast. So that was just an eye roller for me, everytime she went to connect with herself by staring into the golden eyes of the coyote. Yeah, not gonna happen.

The second was it was based in a fictional town in N.H. and the characters were given the backwoods accent that would have been completely easy to leave ou
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Katie Kenig
Makin' your way in the world today takes everything you got. Takin' a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you gotta go where everybody knows your name.... Emily needed a Cheers. I'm just sayin'. I kept singing the theme song to myself while I read the book.

From the outside, it looks like Emily has it all. She's got the gorgeous husband, the expensive home, the high-paying job at the top-notch law firm. But New York hasn't been kind to Emil
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Pirouette
Barbara Delinsky's writing is very variable. Some of her books tear out your heart and are unputdownable, and others so less interesting...

I listened to this book in audio, and so I heard more than 11 hours of the heroine's introspection and burn-out. Very little action and a lot of thinking.

James, the husband, is lovely. Devoted, stressed but kind. Jude, the ex, is an unreliable idiot. Apart from being handsome, I can't think what we are supposed to like about him.

To be honest, during the fi
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Jodi
Sometimes you just need to stop the world and try to get off which is what Emily does when she walks out on her job (lawyer at a big NYC firm), her husband (with whom she is trying to get pregnant, unsuccessfully) and her life (which she doesn't have) and travels to Bell Valley to find herself. This isn't a typical story. She doesn't fall back into the arms of her first love, Jude, although he also returns to Bell Valley as the prodigal son. Instead, Delinsky takes Emily through a self explorati ...more
Janel
This started out with so much promise....The idea of a woman just up and ditching everything to discover herself and what she really wants. Sounded thought provoking, exciting, and I was expecting an adventure. But what I got was very anti climactic, predictable and filled with characters that never came to life for me. First of all the place she decides to "escape" to gave me claustrophobia,(how are you escaping if everyone there knows everything about you?) and Jude (ex boyfriend) was just a b ...more
Amanda
Oh my gosh, I loved this book so very much! This is a book I see myself reading over and over again. This story follows a husband and a wife that find themselves caught up to much in work, money and ego. The "escape" each of them takes is not only life changing for them, there spouse but for so many others as well. You wont want to put this book down until its done and now I am wishing for a sequel to know more of what happens! You will laugh, cry and be on the edge of your seat going through al ...more
Nathalie Abigail
“So maybe being a best friend entailed the ability to forgive.”

At the first sight, I found this book was not that kind of the most wanted book to be read for my leisure time. Besides that, me, myself and I was not in the mood of reading such romance fiction since the mode or the flow of the story sometime makes the end of the story predictable as easy as flipping the palm of your hand.

However, the small question written on the cover triggered my unconsciousness which led to the unstoppable wond
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Susan Wilinski
Oh, my gosh, I wanted to like this book. I haven't really liked anything that I have read in months and have not read any of Barbara Delinsky's books before even though I have often seen her name on the library shelves. I decided to try this one, and it was just awful. There were too many characters that were not fleshed out completely and too many plots and subplots going on to hook the reader into caring about what happens to the protagonist, Emily. She leaves her life behind. You are to assum ...more
Drick
A 32 year old woman on a fast-track, high pressure legal career, one day looks at her life that is controlled by demands, technology and pressure hits a wall and walks off her job and heads out of NYC to she knows not where. She leaves her job, her husband and her lucrative career to try and find herself eventually ending up a little New Hampshire town where 10 years earlier she had found love and friendship. The story is written from the woman's perspective and chronicles her search to find her ...more
Susan
A long time since I have read any Barbara Delinsky novels. I enjoyed very much "Lake News", largely because its background of Boston and New Hampshire (both of which I have visited). but other novels I tried struck me as trite and formulaic. However the storyline of "Escape" appealed~" from the back cover blurb & reviews as Emily, working in a large, impersonal law firm in New York and like her husband James working all hours glued to her Blackberry, suddenly walks out of the office, disillu ...more
Karah
Eh. I was not thrilled with this book. I thought the beginning sounded interesting, and the first few pages drew me in...and then it just seemed to.... stop. So a big NYC lawyer up and leaves her job, big case, and husband and travels to a tiny town in the Northeast. And then she just stays there and so does the story. Had I not been listening to the audio version of this, I might not have finished, but it gave me something to do in the car. The reader's upper NE 'accent' was horrible and the th ...more
Diane
Emily, as far as everyone would believe, has it "ALL", but finds herself to be "lost". She chooses to take action by escaping her current life, returning to an easier time and place taht she knows and loves. Part love story, part mystery, Delinsky has written a great "beach read" !
Lorrie
New York lawyer couple trying for 7 years to find happiness...revisit one of the wife's teenage haunts. The small town where she first fell in love and was also best friends with her first love's sister, Vickie Bell, quickly absorbs the wife. The wife, Emily, just walks off the job one day...who wouldn't like to do that every once in a while? Emily ends up in her past with her first love, her wolves, the animal refuge, and her best friend at her B&B. I found Emily to be quite self absorbed a ...more
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