Mazie is not brilliant but she is gutsy. She takes chances and lives through disaster after disaster with the support of her favorite movie characters and an amazing number of people who are charmed by her innocent and enthusiastic nature. But don’t get the sense that this tale is all hearts and flowers. It’s not by any means. For every person Mazie meets who’s on her side, there’s someone else who wants to use…or kill…her.
Whether absorbing that a rich, handsome society man has chosen her to marry, a girl raised on a dairy farm, or suffering the consequences of being falsely convicted of killing her husband she adapts to her environment, makes friends, picks up an amazing collection of useful criminal tips, and takes the openings God, who she envisions as Atticus Finch, offers without more than a moment of hesitation.
With minor corrections for clarity and typos, the above review is what I wrote in the Notes section of my Kindle the moment I reached the last page, already regretting the end to my journey. The sourest note in my read was going back to the beginning only to read the dreaded “debut” in the blurb on NetGalley where I picked up my copy. This means there’ll be a wait before I can throw myself into another Juliet Rosetti title.
This book is a tribute to the changes eBooks have made to the publishing environment. Though traditionally published, it does not follow the traditions of romance novels, especially not in the female protagonist. I think it’s the flexibility of the eBook medium that led Loveswept to take a chance on The Escape Diaries. I could be wrong, but traditional publishing does not have much of a reputation for stretching the boundaries of genre as this book does.
The Escape Diaries offers an unusual, but very likeable, female lead in Mazie, and the romantic interest (who I’m not naming for fear of spoilers) comes into the book much later than you’d expect and with a deliberately unclear role. If you’re looking for a comfort read that allows you to predict the big movements with some certainty, this is not it. But if you’re open to off the wall humor, strange behavior, crazy decisions, and even crazier reasons for them, well, you won’t go wrong in spending your time cuddled up with Juliet Rosetti’s debut. My only suggestion would be to try and do your reading where you can share some of the lines you find precious, because a shared laugh is a laugh tripled.