Book nine of the challenge, I am one away from my goal and I am excited and this is from my original list.
The Lucky Escape
Laura Jane Williams
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 not her husband…
I’m actually surprised that this is the first Laura Jane Williams book that I have read because I’ve had a few on my TBR list for a while but I was definitely in the mood for a bit of light-hearted reading and I wanted something that I was sure would make a good sunny day read.
From the description, this book sounded like a lot of fun but I was pleasantly surprised by how much more there was to this story than what I expected. As well as exploring a new flirtation, being more adventurous and living life in the present, it explored unhealthy relationships but not the extreme kind, the kind that most of us could easily fall into and the sacrifices and consequences both big and small that can come from them, but I like that it was approached with a sense of empowerment for Annie to help with her growth as a character.
The setting was fantastic, the honeymoon was total luxury and had me yearning for a bit of travel and pampering, but I liked the contrast when Annie and Patrick came home and how their lives compared when they got back to their normal. I really liked both Annie and Patrick their chemistry was great and I liked that Patrick brought out Annie’s adventurous side but that they both spurred each other on as they got to know each other better. There was also a really lovely relationship between Annie and her sister and I really liked Adzo but I wish we’d gotten a little bit more from her character.
What I enjoyed about the writing is that it is really relatable and full of observations that are really obvious once you read them but that I wouldn’t have really thought about before and it was nice to have some of these messages to give the reader a bit of empowerment too.
The Lucky Escape did make a good summer read and I’m excited to delve into other books by this author.