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The Escape Diaries

(Life and Love on the Lam #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  512 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Introducing the hilarious new heroine, Mazie Maguire, in Juliet Rosetti’s irresistible debut novel that follows the outrageous adventure of a woman on the run.
Wrongly convicted of killing her philandering husband, Mazie Maguire is three years into her life sentence when fate intervenes—in the form of a tornado. Just like that, she’s on the other side of the fence, runni
ebook, 316 pages
Published December 10th 2012 by Loveswept (first published January 1st 2012)
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Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Soooooo. Blogger Shame. Yes. The Escape Diaries landed on my review pile in, erm, 2013? And I'm just finishing it. LOL Oops!

The Escape Diaries is a madcap romp as Mazie--convicted of murdering her husband-- escapes prison during a tornado and leads the FBI and a slew of bad guys on a week long chase--picking up a motley crew of helpers (and a fan club) set on proving her innocence.

Okay so Mazie. I grew to like Mazie. She's s
Not so long ago, reviewing one of those contemporary romances with single moms, I said how I'd like to read romance novels where the roles were reversed. Like the single parent would be the hero; the heroine would be a secret agent (police officer, firefighter, whatever) or a sports hotshot or a badass jailbird on the loose and the hero would be an innocent bystander (an artist, baker, craftsman, whatever, by profession) caught in trouble. Maybe it's my luck, but the books I read so far were not ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

I can't believe I never heard about this book before! This is a hidden treasure folks, come and read it!

Okay, let's get started. Mazie is in prison because she killed her husband. There is a video tape which shows the murder and there is her nightgown with her husband's blood all over it. But in fact she's innocent. When a tornado hits the city she escapes from the prison and she's determined to find her husband's real murderer. But the road has too many curves. Her pictures are everywhere,
Who would ever think an escape from prison and running for your life while trying to find your husband's real killer could be so funny at times???

Mazie Maguire was falsely accused, convicted and imprisoned for killing her spoiled Momma's Boy, cheating husband. Not funny, he probably deserved it, anyway. right? Mazie sees an opportunity and escapes prison when a tornado hits and chaos is all around her. Her travels and escapades become the stuff of urban legends as she flees for freedom! She beco
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

Maizie Maguire is in a Wisconsin prison, for murdering her husband. She has been there for four years. Maizie still insists she 's innocent; no one is listening.
On a hot September day, our heroine is working garden duty. The sky darkens, there is lightning, and the winds become frightening. Before the prison officer can get them inside a tornado rolls through the prison yard. In the confusion, Maizie's on the run. Readers, hold onto your hats, it's going to be a very bumpy ride!
The rest of this
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A dazzling debut!
For the past three years Mazie has been in prison for killing her no good husband. When mother nature provides her with a freak opportunity to escape, Mazie seizes it. Little did she know it was the first of several escapes she would have to engineer over the next several days.
As the feds hunt for Maize so do reward seekers. She also becomes a media darling as half the population cheers her on. With a little help from a hunky journalist, Maize has an epiphany. She needs to find
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
If Stephanie Plum Series and the Fugitive had a baby, you’d get something like “The Escape Diaries: Life and Love on the Lam. This was a fantastically humorous murder mystery.

Wrongly convicted convict, Mazie Maguire, is picked up by a tornado while in prison...kicking into motion Mazie’s unplanned prison break. Desperate to keep her freedom and to prove her innocence Mazie plight is a haphazard trip into a crazy and unbelievably funny adventure. Chased by a crazed plumbing store security guard,
Claire Robinson
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-swept
3.5 Stars.

What a great start to a series.

The Escape Diaries is a little different from the norm, in that the main character Mazie Maguire starts out the book in prison for murdering her husband, but after a freak tornado, she manages to escape by means of an errant roof!

What follows are a few hilarious encounters, and a load of witty observations about how life has changed on the outside since her incarceration, while Mazie tries to prove her innocence.

Sort of like the Female version of Harriso
Connie N.
#1 in the Life and Love on the Lam series

What fun! I had no expectations from this book and really didn't know anything about the series or the author, but now I'm a fan. At first I wasn't sure how I was going to like it since the main character escapes from jail right at the beginning. We don't know anything about her and don't know what to expect. But she turned out to be a regular trusting and naïve woman who got involved in something beyond her control. And her escapades are so over-the-top
2.5 Stars

*This review contains minor spoilers.*

The Escape Diaries had some funny parts, but overall, it didn’t work for me. The more I think about it, the more creeped out I get.

This is the story of Mazie Maguire who was wrongly convicted of murdering her husband. One day when she is out on work detail, a tornado hits and she manages to escape. She goes on the run, attempting to avoid being recaptured while she tries to prove her innocence. Of course, that also draws the attention of the real
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quite original story of how an escaped felon tries to prove her innocence.

Mazie Maguire is serving a life sentence for the murder of her husband when a tornado hits at the right place at the right time and allows her a window of escape. With almost nothing to lose, she grabs the chance and flees, and we follow her adventures as she uses the wisdom of her former inmates to evade the police, makes new allies, uncovers truths and nearly dies a time or two.

She was a little naive to trust (view spo
Margaret Fisk
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Oh my gosh. This is a wild ride full of personality and laughs with hundreds of quotable lines to share with whoever happens to be around.

Mazie is not brilliant but she is gutsy. She takes chances and lives through disaster after disaster with the support of her favorite movie characters and an amazing number of people who are charmed by her innocent and enthusiastic nature. But don’t get the sense that this tale is all hearts and flowers. It’s not by any means. For every person Mazie meets who’
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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Have you ever read a book that left you with a book high? I mean the feeling of wow that was an awesome book or wow I couldn't put it down. This is the case for Juliet Rosetti's The Escape Diaries. I started the book on Sunday night trying to finish the book before it came out, but life was against me. So, I was able to finish this book this morning. WOW! is all I can really say. With this kind of start you I'm beating you want to know what this aweso
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

In this lighthearted, funny, romantic caper, Mazie Maguire barely hesitates before scrambling over the fence when a tornado touches down in the prison yard. As she struggles through swampland, cornfields and cow herds, Maizie, wrongly incarcerated for the murder of her feckless husband, is determined to find the real killer and prove herself innocent.

The first tip in The Escape Diaries is to "Be Prepared", but Maizie's impulsive flight from the Wisconsin jail leaves her floundering. At first sh
Strap yourselves in because Juliet Rosetti takes us on one crazy ride in The Escape Diaries. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Mazie Maguire and her adventures and you will too. This book was a great blend of humor, suspense and mystery with a touch of romance.

Mazie has just escaped prison, courtesy of a tornado crashing through the prison fence, and she takes the opportunity to run. Mazie is a highly entertaining character and I loved her sense of humor and the way she looked at life. S
Cocktails and Books
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
Hilarious, well-written, sweet love story, interesting, are all appropriate when describing The Escape Diaries. Main character Mazie Maguire, convicted of killing her husband, escapes from prison during a freak tornado using tips she learned from her fellow inmates and from watching The Fugitive. What Mazie finds on the run is not what she expected. Instead of turning her in, people are cheering her on and helping her elude the authorities. One member of her fan club is an intrepid photojournali ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I adored this book. Mazi MacGuire is funny, independent, she knows what she wants, and she goes after it come hell or high water. The perfect chick lit heroine.
Mazi is on the run….and she’s not looking back.
After escaping prison during a freak tornado, Mazi decides to find her husband’s real killer just like her favorite movie escapee. What she doesn’t plan on is adding on to her single entourage with a yappy dog, a handsome electrician, and two Mexican teenage boys. Add to that the media cov
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 3 out of 5.

Mazie Maguire is wrongly convicted of killing her cheating husband. A well-timed tornado, three years into her sentence, provides her with the means of escape. She first attempts to keep ahead of the Feds and then tries to prove her innocence, with the help of a reporter who is quite taken with her.

The author managed to keep this novel light, even though Mazie is, in essence, an escaped convict. The prison humour was entertaining. Actually there was a part that I read wide-eye
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, net-galley
This quick, fun and slightly off the wall comedic story was the perfect antidote for a day in bed with the flu. With a wrongful conviction for the murder of her ex-husband, Maizie is determined to use any and every piece of information available to find the "real killer".

In a cleverly woven integration of film, television and desperation, Mazie and her cast of characters seem to travel from one near disaster to the next in her quest. From characters that will make you laugh out loud, to situati
Diane ~Firefly~
Wow, this was a lot of fun to read. Poor Mazie was wrongfully convicted of her soon to be ex husband's murder and while on veggie picking duty at the jail, survives a tornado and escapes. Her adventures are far fetched but fun and I like that she has tons of second thoughts about being on the run as she really doesn't know how to survive it.

Somehow she becomes a heroine to the people during her mad-capped escapes from justice and runs into a guy who sort of believes her and wants to help her cle
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an ebook written by an acquaintance of mine. Its setting is around here and Milwaukee. It is a hilarious story of a young woman escaping from Wisconsin's prison for women thanks to a tornado. She has been in prison for four years for the murder of her wealthy philandering husband. Of course, she is innocent. And once on the run decides to find out who really killed Kip. Read this is just a few days while on planes. I am looking forward to the second book in the series.
Emily Higgins
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Mazie Maguire is wrongfully convicted of shooting and killing her husband. After 4 years in jail, a tornado hits the jail farm where Mazie is assigned to picking tomatoes, allowing Mazie to escape. Using unorthodox methods, she is able to elude capture and attempt to find out who really killed her husband. This story is amusing and entertaining.
Stefanie Wille
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
An extremely fun read!
I just wanted to keep reading until I finished the book, which I did, given some time for classes and eating.
I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the format.
There is nothing that I didn't like about this.
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
Funny book with a bit of a mystery. Mazie is hilarious! Looking forward to reading more in this series!
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This was great! There was enough craziness to be fun but enough reality not to be stupid. I liked that there was a variety of people that Mazie comes into contact with: some who were crazy, frothing at the mouth fans, some who wanted to shoot her onsite, concerned citizens, and disgusting perverts. Mazie isn’t a superwomen with magical kickass abilities but she is a hardworking girl with gumption.
Kathy Davie
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First in the Escape Diaries* romance series. This story is set mostly in Milwaukee.

* I'm guessing here that Escape Diaries is the name of the series and that Love and Life on the Lam is the title.

The publisher has provided this story ARC.

My Take
LMAO, boob fighting?? This story was just too funny. A few weird bits, but on the whole, yeah, I'd buy this. It's just too funny, and I'm already wanting to re-read bits of it.

How dumb is Mazie that she never insisted on having the tape analyzed? She knew
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
In The Escape Diaries: Life and Love on the Lam by Juliet Rosetti, Mazie Maguire has been convicted of the murder of her lying and philandering husband. She has been in prison for the past three years paying for a crime that she didn’t commit and receiving the letters that come from her mother-in-law with the poisoned food she sends but luckily Mazie never receives. Now she is serving punishment in the garden of the warden for giving a cough drop to another prisoner. Something that is prohibite ...more
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite, 2013
OK. We know already from the synopsis that the main heroine of this book was wrongly convinced of killing her husband. And we know that she escapes from prison.
But we have no idea what's going to happen then. I mean, escape is escape, but here we are taken on a rollercoaster ride with its ups and downs and such hilarious situations that had me laughing out loud.
I adored Mazie from the very beginning. She is sometimes silly and naive but who isn't? She is funny, independent and actually knows wha
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Escape Diaries
Author: Juliet Rosetti
Series: Life and Love on the Lam, #1
Pages: 294
Publisher: Loveswept
Date: December 10, 2012
Wrongly convicted of killing her philandering husband, Mazie Maguire is three years into her life sentence when fate intervenes—in the form of a tornado. Just like that, she’s on the other side of the fence, running through swamps and cornfields, big box stores and suburban subdivisions. Hoping to find out who really murdered her husband, Mazie must stay
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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Oh Mazie, Mazie, Mazie. This woman is by far one of my favorite characters to come out of fictional literarure not only is she amazingly resourceful, strong willed and determined but she’s fashion minded yet tough country girl. Her voice was so distinct fun and never failed to grab my attention, her dialogue was witty and her experiences both an interesting rollercoaster and a road way for character development. I loved her and the Interactions she had with the other characte
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