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Escape by Barbara Delinsky
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Aug 18, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

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 out. Because there really aren't all that many people in New Hampshire who speak that way. I know, because I live in a non-fictional town in the backwoods of N.H. and we use our R's.

And thirdly, there is constant reference to when she had been in this place 10 years ago. Like, that the town would not forgive her for leaving. Or that she would be recognized, etc. She was in the town for a summer 10 years prior. Anyone who lives in N.H. knows that summer is exactly six weeks. I find it highly unlikely that she would have made this huge, lasting impression on a town in that amount of time. And there was constant reference to her sleeping in the garden shed. Why? The inn had not been owned by her friend's family, so why would they be in the shed? It was like Delinsky needed to create these connections that were not necessary and in my mind detracted from the story.

Which, as I said, I liked. Just not a five-star novel. And I feel I am being a bit generous giving it four!!!!
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Alyce Rocco I liked the bits about the coyotes because it reminded me of Native American (and other) spiritualism ~ and I tend to believe we humans have the ability to communicate with animals (and insects, maybe even plants) with our thoughts.

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