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The Runaway Wife

A Laugh Out Loud Feel Good Novel About Second Chances
Narrated by: Diana Croft
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
4.5 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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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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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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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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Great Read

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

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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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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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Wonderful

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

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good story.

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

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light nice story

i loved her adventurous escapade across the UK , while she'd changed mentally, become more liberated. I just wished we had more stories towards the end when she reached home ....How the whole family would deal with the life-changing family situation (divorce etc) the end of the book was to hasty. however the story overall was a pure delight

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first audio book. <br />

lovely story kept me going till the end.
first audio book looking forward to more.

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Loved this story !!

Loved this story alot ! The narrator was great as she did all the different characters voices and accents which made it a much better listen ! Would defo recommend this book to my friends !Sad it ended when it did tbh as i'd have loved to have known what happens next and if Connie ever met up with Don again !!

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  • JEYCEE
  • 12-07-18

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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  • Lavonna Adams
  • 04-06-20

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
  • 25-04-20

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
  • 11-03-20

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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  • J. Miller
  • 08-02-20

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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  • eisdelin
  • 13-01-20

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
  • 14-07-19

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
  • 15-04-19

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
  • 16-02-19

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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  • Mom of Many 10
  • 04-02-19

Loved it, laughed

Loved this book. Made me laugh and the characters felt very real. So uplifting and great narration aside from American accent