Ellie Dwyer’s Great Escape by Diane Winger

Ellie Dwyer's Great Escape


You’re never too old to run away from home

Ellie Dwyer, 61, is convinced bad luck comes in threes, and not just garden-variety, oh-well bad luck. How many people have to flee not one, but two natural disasters? And in between the wildfire and the hurricane, her husband of nearly forty years suddenly up and left her for no reason she could fathom, disappearing from her life without a clue to his whereabouts.

Determined to reinvent her life, Ellie sets out on a journey across the country – her own “great escape.” Along the way to nowhere in particular, she buys a camper, becomes friends with a remarkable older woman, and starts to believe that good luck might also come in threes.

Or does it? That depends on how she defines good luck.

My thoughts

I chose this because I needed a book with a character with my name for one of The Fiction Cafe Reading Challenge questions. I’m not sure I would have come across it otherwise and that would have been a pity because I loved it❣️

Ellie’s life has really come unstuck since her husband walked out after 40 years of marriage and completely disappeared from her life. A hurricane has destroyed her home and she is living out of the back of her car when she makes friends at a camping ground and discovers the joy of being a permanent RV nomad. Her journey of self discovery and recovery from the tragedies that befell her, with the help of the wonderful people she meets along the way, is authentic and triumphant. I loved reading about the RVing experience, the mistakes and learning curves, the beautiful places she visits, and her personal transformation from careworn to confident.There were some very poignant moments too, and one which left me in tears. But overall the book is uplifting and inspirational and I’m so glad I came across it.

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