The Lucky Escape | By Laura Jane Williams
Contemporary Romance | Book Review | NetGalley E-arc
Narrative and Plot
When I signed up for an e-arc of The Lucky Escape, I was expecting a fun rom-com escapist novel. The book did surprise me initially as it took enough time to get to the escapist part. But it was worth the wait. I enjoyed the whole extravagant trip and with good company too.
The narrative focuses entirely on the main character, Annie who kind of finds her voice in the book. The concept is something I have been familiar with the Kangana Ranaut starring movie Queen. Though it didn’t live up to that, this had a sweet arc of its own.
The plot however, felt a bit wavering in the third half and had me puzzled at what direction it was going. It gave a wholesome ending but it could have either stopped while on a high or took a bolder risk.
Characters and Conflicts
The two main characters Annie and Patrick were great to read. The romance was set up nicely. The bizzare idea of going on a honeymoon with a stranger was well justified. The entire trip was fun to read with surprising revelations about the characters.
However, in the third act the characters start to contradict themselves. Patrick himself felt diminshed into a love interest towards the end. Annie seemed to backtrack after taking her leap without any inhibitions.
The story took a surprising turn making it feel like it had overstayed its welcome . All that conflict managed to do was backtrack the character arc a little bit and then push it forward full circle.
That’s not to say that it was an unpleasant ending. The book was heartwarming and gleeful. It deals with various aspects of self growth and coping mechanisms. Not to mention, the ensemble cast with three dimensional supporting characters. As in life, you never come out of any kind of grief without a support system and Annie was lucky in that regard.
The Lucky Escape, is a jolly good one-time read for the summer season. If you love travelling from one destination to other all the while enjoying the comfort of your reading nook , this rom com is your pick.
I received an e-Arc of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.