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…

My Thoughts


Annie is unbelievably happy with her life. Her wedding to Alexander – her college sweetheart is fast approaching, and it seems as though she is about to get her happily ever after. However her joy is short lived, as Alexander has in fact texted their wedding planner and informed her that he won’t be coming, something that is every bride-to-be’s worst nightmare!.

As she tries to come to terms with what went wrong with her relationship, she takes up running alongside an exercise class that has her so exhausted she can barely function afterwards, something she is somewhat grateful for. Annie ends up running in to someone from the Drama Camp she attended many years ago, and she is shocked to see the handsome man he has become. Their friendship easily falls back in to place, and she finds it incredibly refreshing to be able to have a conversation that doesn’t come back to her failed relationship as it so often does with her ‘core four’ friendship group.

When Annie’s almost in-law’s contact her and ask her to take the honeymoon they had planned as they are utterly appalled by their son’s behaviour, it is the exact break Annie needs, and when a drunken conversation results in Patrick agreeing to go along with her, we know this holiday is about to open Annie’s eyes up to what life really has to offer.

I absolutely adored this story from the moment I picked it up. Annie is one of those characters that you love the moment you meet her, she has a heart of gold and certainly didn’t deserve the way Alexander had treated her. As her confidence was well and truly shaken following being jilted at the alter, it was lovely to follow her story as she began to build herself back up once again, possibly even stronger than she had been before!. Patrick is utterly swoon-worthy and has you rooting for him from the moment he enters the story. He treats Annie with the kindness and respect she deserves and is a wonderful friend to her when she needs it most.

The storyline is so wonderfully structured and flows beautifully from beginning to end. There is so much more than a tale of romance in this novel, as we also get to see the strength of friendship and how it is never truly too late to rethink the path your life is taking. Full of delightful characters who add fun and depth to the story, this is definitely a must read book by the fantastic Laura Jane William’s!.

About the Author

Laura Jane Williams was born in 1986 in Derbyshire, England. Her 2019 debut novel Our Stop was an international hit, and she is currently adapting it for screen. Her non-fiction includes Becoming, Ice Cream for Breakfast, and The Life Diet, and she has contributed essays and articles to the Telegraph, the Guardian, Marie Claire, the Independent, Cosmopolitan, as well as to a collection by Stylist Magazine, Life Lessons from Remarkable Women. She was previously a columnist for both Grazia and Red. Her next novel is the hotly-anticipated The Love Square, out in summer 2020.

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*Thank you to Ellie Pilcher at Avon Books and Laura Jane Williams for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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