Minda’s drunk review of The Lucky Escape by Laura Jane Williams
What I drank prior: I was at a coworker happy hour and had a few glasses of red wine. Then a few more when I got home.
ONE CANCELLED WEDDING
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.
ONE UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER
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.
ONE SPARE TICKET FOR THE HONEYMOON
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 nother husband…
My Summary: After being jilted at the altar by her ex-fiancé, Annie needs to rethink her priorities, which Have been based around said fiancé for a long time. Since college when they started dating. As she looks ahead to a life she didn’t plan for, her former almost-in-laws offer her the chance to take the all-expenses-paid honeymoon they had planned for. Um, you should say yes girl. She does. But only after she runs into an old friend who reminds her of who she used to be and what life can offer. Does this mean a new love on the horizon?
Side note: If someone offers you a free vacation, the answer is always yes, imo
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I really enjoyed this slow burn, but aggravating!, romance novel. And think it’s more layered than *just* a romance novel, which I appreciated. It was more a—albeit very late—coming of age novel, but Coming to terms with yourself—your wants and needs. I would have appreciated some more steamy scenes though.
Characters: Let’s start with Annie. She’s your typical “hasn’t found herself yet” protagonist. Slightly irritating but gets better as the story progresses. Patrick, her new/old friend, is great—very in-the-moment kinda guy but with more layers than you’d expect. I really felt for him most of the time, but also thought he wasn’t all that great at times. My read, not the authors I think. Adzo, her bff and colleague, was probably my favorite character, but I wish they played up their friendship earlier on. Other main characters were Freddie, ger seeet younger sister, and Alexander, the douche bag ex.
Plot: The plot moved along fairly well, if not a little strangely structured. Because we meet Annie day-of wedding, it’s hard to really get a sense of her relationship or how she actually acted around her ex. Lots of telling not showing I guess? And, while I thought it was strong to not just end with the honeymoon, there was a lot (like a lot a lot) that happened post-honeymoon that probably could have been better placed before. E.g. setting up her friendship with Adzo or her relationship with her mother. I did absolutely love hearing about Australia though. It sounded like a dream vacation!
Writing Style: Pretty straightforward first-person from Annie’s perspective. This is less grating as she grows into herself.
Drink Pairing: A cosmopolitan seems appropriate here. Maybe cran vodka for the first half.
Rating: 4/5 shots