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ARC Review: The Lucky Escape by Laura Jane Williams



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.

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.


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…


The Lucky Escape is the first book I’ve read by this author and I really enjoyed the story and the characters.  It’s a lovely feel good romantic comedy and it was a delight being transported to the beaches and vineyards of Australia.  I enjoyed the whole premise of the story; a recently jilted bride accepts an all expenses paid luxury honeymoon for herself and a friend by way of recompense.  She happens to take along a friend she has met again recently, a friend she used to know 10 years ago and although she doesn’t know him that well they get along really well, he’s friendly, makes her laugh and she feels comfortable in his presence.  

I absolutely adored the parts of the book set in Australia and there are some wonderful descriptions of the scenery and Annie and Patrick’s day trips out and about and it is here we see their relationship begin to blossom.  I loved the relationship build up, their flirty and playful banter and generally getting to know each other and I was really invested in the storyline at this point.  Disappointingly the ‘honeymoon’ was over fairly quickly and it would have been fabulous if we could have spent more time here.  Once the story returned to London, the pacing felt slow and I had trouble engaging with the storyline while Annie and Patrick were working out their issues. 

On the whole the characters are varied, fun and easy to like.  Annie is intelligent, beautiful and funny.  I loved the relationship she had with her younger sister and the grown up advice this 13 year old was issuing.  Annie had a difficult relationship with her mother, however they managed to work through their issues as the story developed.  Patrick came across as a little too much of a joker at times, but I did like his character, he’s very chatty and easy to get on with, caring, confident and adventurous.  ‘The Core Four’ were brilliant and a fantastic friend support network to Annie during this unsettling time.  

The Lucky Escape is a light and entertaining read and the perfect escapism.  It is well written but needed more time in Australia.  I haven’t read any of this author’s previous books but I do have one or two on my TBR which I will be reaching for in the near future.     

Publisher:  Avon             
Publication Date (UK):  10 June 2021
Format:  Paperback 
Page Count: 356
Genre:  Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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