Book Review: The Getaway by Emily March

About the Book:

Title: The Getaway

Author: Emily March

Series: Lake in the Clouds #1

Page Length: 384

Publication Date: Sept. 6, 2022

Publisher: Forever

Synopsis: After years of putting her family first, Genevieve Prentice is making a fresh start—but it’s never easy to leave the past behind.

Widowed young, Genevieve Prentice dedicated her life to raising her four children. Now, though, they’re all grown and scattered to the wind, and Genevieve is ready for a change. In a flash of inspiration, she puts her home on the market and heads to Lake in the Clouds, Colorado, to renovate a rustic waterfront lodge with her sister. But just as they begin, Genevieve gets the shock of a lifetime: the arrival of her son.

Jake Prentice built a career out of being dependable, one that left him perennially stressed and overworked. Finally heeding his mother’s words of wisdom, he’s quit his job and is ready to find out what truly makes him happy. And now, as he stands surrounded by open sky and fresh, pine-scented air, he’s got no regrets . . . until former colleague Tess Crenshaw appears at the lake, forcing him to reassess what—and who—he really wants.

As they work together to renovate the lodge, Genevieve and Jake embark on a heartfelt and inspiring journey to learn about themselves, each other, and the true meaning of family.

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The first in the Lake in the Clouds series, The Getaway is about the Prentice family. Genevieve is a widow with four kids. Widowed at a young age, Genevieve has dedicated her life to raising her children, and now that they are grown, she is ready for a major change. She decides to put her house on the market and travels to Colorado to renovate a cabin with her sister Helen. Her decision is a catalyst for all kinds of changes in her family as her children face their own lives, goals, and relationships.

This was an enjoyable family drama with realistic characters and issues. Genevieve is a devoted mother, but her children are no longer home, and they no longer prioritize the family. Family strife has pushed them further apart, and they don’t have the fun family gatherings they used to have. Life is different when your kids are no longer kids, and it’s something I think a lot of readers will relate to.

I thought all of the characters were developed and layered. Genevieve and her kids aren’t perfect, and life sometimes gets messy and complicated. The book shows how Genevieve and Jake, in particular, face the familial issues, work pressure, and budding relationships. Jake always felt like the fixer of the family, much like his father was before he died. However, he has his own epiphany, which results in an entire lifestyle change. He and Genevieve both go on amazing journeys, and you really get to understand what the characters are going through and how much they’ve grown.

Lake in the Clouds is an idyllic place to reset. It sounds beautiful, and the author’s writing really brought the setting to life. It has that charm of a small town, and the scenery is a wonderful backdrop to a heartwarming family drama. I would definitely recommend The Getaway to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction about healing, finding yourself, family, and learning to love again.

Thanks to Forever Publishing for sending me a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.



Favorite Parts:

  • The family dynamics.
  • The relatability.
  • The setting.
  • The romance.

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