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Publisher's Summary

"Hilarious! I loved every page...reminded me of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry." - Dawn at Crooks on Books

One evening in early August, while mashing potatoes for dinner, Connie McColl decides she’s had enough. Sixty-six-year-old wife and grandmother, Connie, is tired of solving one family crisis after another, while her husband Roger spends all day at his beloved golf course. Surely it must be time for her to shake off her apron and start living again? So Connie packs a bag, gets in her little green car and drives off.

On her journey from England to Scotland, Connie stops in on long-lost friends and makes all sorts of interesting new companions along the way. As Connie has the time of her life, sleeping under the stars and skinny dipping in the sea, she finally begins to rediscover herself. And she starts to wonder, will she ever be ready to return home? Or could this summer change her life forever? 

Connie’s begins to discover that it’s never too late to have some fun and you’re never too old for an adventure.

The Runaway Wife is an inspiring and joyously uplifting novel. If you loved The Kicking the Bucket List and A Man Called Ove then this funny audiobook is for you. 

What listeners are saying about The Runaway Wife:

"A warm, funny, brilliant read! I love the warmth and humour that jumps from the page. Connie is proof that you’re never too old to have an adventure! I LOVED the ending!!!!" - Sue Watson

"What a breath of fresh air! Wry and sharply observed, I was rooting for Connie the moment I met her. Fabulous!" - Kat French 

©2018 Dee MacDonald (P)2018 Bookouture

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  • JEYCEE
  • 12-07-2018

Laugh out loud

Very enjoyable, hilarious at the end!, sad in some places, yet thought provoking story, proving it's never too late to make a change in your life if you're not happy. I look forward to reading more of the author

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  • J. Miller
  • 08-02-2020

Fully deserves a "You Go Girl"

Started this thinking it would be a bit silly and more of a romp than a compelling story. Boy, was I wrong. I was hooked on Connie McCall from the Get-Go and when she takes a Runner from her dull life in Sussex and heads North I was in the passenger seat with her in both Kermit and Rosie. The fascinating people she meets on the road, some that she reconnects with after many years and every single one of her decisions to "Go Home" answered by, "Well, maybe not today. Maybe tomorrow" had me cheering for her. I am a couple of years older than her and have lived a very different life, but the road to self-realization is never easy. Glad I went with her.

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  • Debbie
  • 10-12-2020

Just an okay story, but great narration.

Disappointed that this story has so much blatant sin in order for the wife to "find herself". Definitely not a Christian story by any stretch of the imagination. I was able to get through it, but I won't listen to any more by this author.

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  • Lavonna Adams
  • 04-06-2020

Never settle.

Listening to this story was a nice reminder that it's never too late to change your life. Loved it.

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  • Summer Layne
  • 25-04-2020

Not Exactly 'Hilarious' ...

... but enjoyable. The premise was promising, and I expected more ... but the product is rather two-dimensional and superficial. Still, take it for what it's worth - a light novel with a variety of characters linked together by one woman's road trip. The narrator is excellent, and her varied accents understated and believable. Worth a credit.

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  • Deedra
  • 11-03-2020

Runaway wife

Loved it!I would love to tag along with Connie,picking up hitch hikers,getting picked up herself!An adventure all wives could use! Diana Croft was a terrific narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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  • eisdelin
  • 13-01-2020

Most enjoyable, a little of everything

I totally enjoyed the book and the narration. It included intrigue, adventure, character development, humor, depth and just a little sadness.

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  • bakingbabe
  • 14-07-2019

totally enjoyed

Thoroughly enjoyed thus easy read. u love the surprises tucked into this sometimes funny, sometimes serious, sometimes poignant novel. Great reader too.

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  • Sue
  • 15-04-2019

Not my favorite

A predictable and cutesy-perfect book. No character growth, no challenges = no story. Storyline was presented in picture perfect scene after scene, and all with no heartache, no struggle, no family issues. It all just went along too smoothly for me. Ending was far-fetched and overly convenient to assuage the wife's guilt. Spoiler alert - an older woman eventually has an affair, leaves husband. Period.

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  • Valerie L. Irons
  • 16-02-2019

Great Read-Follow your heart

I am a member of a Bookclub in Chicago IL. The books we had read in previous months had been so heavy, that for my choice I wanted something easy, light and funny. I truly don’t remember how I came across this one, but I am glad I did. It was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is soooo relevant to life today, probably past also. For me, I feel it shows that if you follow your heart and that still small voice, things will work out. Not only for you, but those who are in your life also. Our meeting is today and when I get a chance I’ll share their reviews of this book with you also.

Great read. Thanks!

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  • Carrie Brown
  • 15-08-2018

Totally hooked!

This book was amazing! I’m a 30 year old woman who enjoyed listening to the life of this 66 year old run-away wife. I wish I could hear more of the amazing Connie.

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  • Caroline
  • 12-08-2018

A wonderful experience!

This has been a wonderful way to fill my time on my long train journey. The characters were great and their story took me on a journey of laughter, sadness and a realisation that life really is for living whatever our age. An audiobook is a fabulous way to experience the story. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a smile, laugh and occasional tears.

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  • Sarah
  • 13-11-2018

Just ok

I can see that I’m in the minority here but sadly I found this story just didn’t hit the spot for me personally. I like an occasional easy read and this one was nice enough, but I found myself zoning out quite frequently. I felt that too many of the secondary characters weren’t fully developed (although I loved Kath) which stopped me from fully engaging and caring about them. The general narration wasn’t bad at all, but some of the accents were awful (they seem to get worse the further north Connie travels!) I do wish that otherwise good narrators, who just can’t do accents, wouldn’t be hired to take on this sort of work where so many are required - I find it so distracting! I’d say that if you want a “brain off” book or a palette cleanser after a few too many gritty listens, then this would be worth a go - it’s inoffensive.

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  • A J Camp
  • 02-03-2021

Fabulous book, great for a lockdown read.

A really great book and very uplifting, possibly written with women in mind, but great to read.

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  • J Smith
  • 09-10-2020

Great story

Loved this story. Really got the main character. Excellent narration. I would recommend. Great listening.

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  • Kel
  • 12-04-2020

Great Read

Such a good book, thoroughly enjoyed hearing about Connie's adventure. A must read for sure

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  • CoffeeReadRelax
  • 07-10-2019

lovely easy to read story

this was a pleasent read that in parts i could relate to. Connie was a great character along with everyone she met on her journey. it made me laugh out loud in places and quite emotional in others. I'm quite sad its over and will definately be looking for another book by the same author.

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  • Lynne E.
  • 03-10-2019

Very different

This is certainly not my usual read but I have enjoyed every minute. Perfectly narrated and covering every emotion. I’m off now to see what else Dee has written and hopefully narrated by Diana Croft.

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  • Caroline J. Curran
  • 13-08-2019

Wonderful

Couldn't stop listening I laughed I cried simply wonderful we need more books like this xxx

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  • Book reader
  • 01-06-2019

good story.

good story, bit far fetched in parts, nether the less enjoyable. looking forward to the next book.

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