The author??s original intent for “Escape!” was a fast-paced romantic thriller suitable for escaping boredom while flying on a coast-to-coast airliner. While gazing at the rolling landscape beneath the wings, Henderson imagined a hot fugitive couple running from cold contract killers, while eluding pursuit by the FBI and every other law enforcement agency along their 2000-mile route from Lake Michigan to the Pacific Ocean. Among the plot??s surprises was one for the author: the unexpected emergence of the assertive and spicy Elissa Bennett Pope as the story??s brightest star.
Elissa is the daughter of Italian-American parents in Chicago??s wealthiest suburb, groomed from puberty to marry a multi-millionaire like Patrick Livingston Pope, heir to Chicago??s Pope Machinery empire. Unfortunately, her prize had become a pugilist, beating her to pulp from time to time. Her desperate urge for freedom ended in a bitter divorce, and she escaped with just enough resources to become an independent real estate broker, property manager, and ??" for personal therapy ??" a summer stock theatrical performer.
When California architect Grey Harper arrived in peaceful Lake Forest to convert a former military base into a $60 million luxury housing development, Elissa??s agency found a suitable cottage for him to rent. It was while meeting in that cottage that a strange intruder set in motion Elissa??s most hectic escape ever ??" running with Harper for their lives, for more than 2000 miles in a Mercedes-Benz roadster, to a clifftop climax at Harper??s spectacular home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
Throughout the journey, Elissa is never quite sure whether Harper is just a brilliant architect with a California tan, water-blue eyes surrounded by crinkles whenever he smiled, a masculine voice and a wry sense of humor ??" or a widower with a dark past, accused by the FBI of murdering his Chicago client to cover-up a major screw-up. Elissa??s survival is at stake in either case, and she must always rely upon her own wits and courage and cash, every minute of every day ??" and night!
Online reader reviews of this novel have all posted four or five stars, including this brief comment: "If you're looking for a fun read, you've found it! The pace and twists rank right up there with Dan Brown but with better developed characters and a more realistic (but no less exciting!) plot, making this a book that's hard to put down." (Posted by MariC on Amazon)
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|Size: ||699 KB|
|Publisher: ||Pine Tree Press / Pine Tree Arts|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9780692612880 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|