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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (67 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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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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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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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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Lovely book

Very funny book with a touch of sadness and a great twist at the end. The narration was excellent very well done. I loved it.

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Dreadfully slow and cliched

I thought that the premise for this story sounded interesting - but the reality was a painfully slooooow narration of an over-descriptive account of the platitudinous internal thoughts of a middle class suburban cliche of a woman whose “escape” from her life was predictable and dull.
Do yourself a favour . Skip to the end.

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Great little lighthearted story

Great lighthearted read!
perfect gift for mum this Xmas!

good ending - I only hope she meets up with her new friends in another story...

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  • Sarah
  • East Yorkshire
  • 13-11-18

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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Adored every bit of it

Great story, great characters, fantastic narration, I'd give it 6 stars if I could. No hesitation in recommending this book to anyone.

Story moves at a good pace to keep you wanting more - you are never bored with this one - and the narration really brings them to life.

You do get behind the main character and want to know what else she is going to get up to.

Only thing I'd wanted more of was the ending, but it wrapped it up well and hopefully there will be a sequel. I dare say Connie has only just started her adventure. Maybe the continent next? What would Roger say?!

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Great fun!

Who could fail to fall in love with Connie McColl? A wife, mother and grandmother for so long she's become part of the furniture. There can't be many women who didn't find some aspect of her troubles were relevant to their own life. When she escaped onto her journey of discovery, I cheered for her. She maintained her dignity throughout. Some of her adventures made me smile, others made me weep, but Connie remained a heroine for every exhausted woman from John O'Groats to Land's End. Exquisitely narrated by Diana Croft, the essence of Connie captivated me and held me close. I so hope and pray she finds the happiness and respect she truly deserves. Applause all round for this joyous book

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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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  • 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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  • D. M. Otis
  • 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

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  • Patricia Smith
  • 10-01-19

A fun & enlightening story!

I enjoyed this story as I could relate to parts of it. It was a feel good book with a few twists. & the reader did a nice job of bringing the different characters to life.

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  • KK
  • 10-11-18

A Joy from start to finish!

I LOVED this book!!!!! A delightful journey! The writing was wonderful and the narrator made it come alive!

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  • Sparkle
  • 20-08-18

Feel Good Tutorial for Young to Old Marrieds!

A light funny listen you won't want to pause! Soooo true to life! Some aspects of this life story line are seldom written about and are well appreciated. Every married person will identify with something in this novel; it is well written at a good pace, narration is excellent story telling. Her second novel is not in audio format. Too Bad...

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  • Ann Shelby
  • 03-08-18

Loved it!!

I myself am at a similar stage & the book truly spoke to me in several area. Glad I took a chance on it since I really did buy “a book for its cover”!

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  • shoppergirl
  • 02-06-18

A fun read

Nice light and entertaining book with some interesting twists. Enjoyable read. Would recommend a good fiction novel

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  • Sally R.
  • 16-05-18

I'm sure I'll listen many more times!

I loved this book! I want to spend more time with Connie and all of the colorful people she met on her journey. The characters in this story are multi-dimensional. And real. I smiled alot while listening. The narration is right on; a perfect compliment to the story. It's very easy to tell who's speaking. I just finished listening for the second time and picked up a number of things I missed previously. Would love to read more by Dee MacDonald!