From the first page of Escape to Love by Emma Calin I was hooked. Could you just imagine the terror felt by Maria , a woman who has taken her special needs daughter and ran to safety from a violent situation. She has been home all day during a storm and she is waiting for her daughter, Lucy to come home from school. She hears sirens and goes outside to investigate what was going on. She asks the police what was wrong and to ask them to help her find her daughter. They tell her that there is a prison nearby and a prisoner has escaped. She goes home and thankfully hears her daughter's voice in the kitchen. When she goes in the kitchen though, her daughter is not alone. There is a man who begins by saying his name is Alan, and her daughter tells her that this man saved her life when he pulled her out of the river. He goes on to explain that there were two prisoners that escaped and he is not the rapist.She is bewildered by the fact that he called her Madam and seems to be educated.
Her poor daughter has been terrorized her first day of school by other girls who wanted her to steal for them and she refused. She ran home as fast as she could but she fell into the river on her way. While listening to what her baby has gone through Maria has been crying. She starts to ask the man, who said his name was Alan, what has really happened. He tells her that he saw Lucy in the river holding onto a tree and all he thought of was saving her.
Maria is confused by her feelings towards this man. Shouldn't she be afraid of him? Shouldn't she run outside and alert the police? There was something in his eyes that she was responding to. The problem facing Maria is that she has been unable to trust anyone again, especially a rapist. Why then is she not afraid of this man.
This is a story of learning to love, to trust again and suspense. I give this book a 5/5. I really loved the way this author portrayed the main characters. I was given this book by the author for the purpose of a review, but all opinions are 100% my own.