The Runaway Wife: A laugh out loud feel good novel about second chances

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Hilarious! I loved every page… ' Dawn at Crooks on Books

One evening in early August, while mashing the potatoes for dinner, Connie McColl decides she’s had enough…

Connie is tired of solving one family crisis after another - usually involving her unruly grandchildren - 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...

As Connie journeys from England to Scotland on an unexpected adventure, she finally begins to rediscover herself. And she starts to wonder, will she ever be ready to return home? Or will this summer change her life forever?

The Runaway Wife is an inspiring and joyously uplifting novel about being true to yourself. If you loved The Kicking the Bucket List and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry this book is for you.

What readers 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


‘I was laughing out loud… totally did not see the ending coming! WOWSERS! 5 stars for me!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


OMG! What a touching and inspirational book this is!! It made me howl with laughter and it made me sob my heart outConnie is my absolute hero and I loved her to pieces from the moment I met her! A mixture of hilarious and bittersweet moments… I absolutely adored every single step of her journey… one of my favourite books of the year… A memorable, feel-good treat.’ My Chestnut Reading Tree, 5 stars 

Made me laugh and cry and laugh again, especially at the end. That was a little bit of genius!... beautifully written and the characters are lovingly drawn to make them come alive. I absolutely loved the ending, that really had me chuckling…’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 ‘A funny romantic comedy… a book about love, friends, family and self-discovery. There were moments where you would laugh out loud, and then it would have you crying into a tissue… really emotional and tugged at the heart strings! A fun, life-affirming read! Stardust Book Reviews ‘A breath of fresh air! Wry and sharply observed, I was rooting for Connie the moment I met her. Fabulous!’ Kat French 

‘Once you start reading you can't stop… Goodreads Reviewer


‘Had me laughing out loud, getting emotional and taking the main character to heart… if I could give this book more than five stars, I would.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

The Runaway Wife is uplifting and inspiring.’ Novel Deelights

I love Connie! Like reading sunshine emerging on a grey day… Uplifting, riveting… Reminded me of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.’ Dawn, Crooks on Books


I LOVED Connie… she was hilarious, thought provoking, at times sad and insightful and I enjoyed every aspect of her and her travels. 5 stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Very enjoyable, funny (absolutely hilarious at the end!), quite sad in places, yet thought provoking story, proving it's never too late to make a change in your life if you're not happy.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


I absolutely loved this book! Goodreads Reviewer

68 reviews
Claire McPartlin
April 24, 2018
This was a very enjoyable story about Connie, a wife and mother who'd had enough of being taken for granted by all her family, and set off on a road trip to 'find herself'. She really needed a break from her family and wanted to figure out if she really loved her husband enough to stay with him, or whether they were just in a rut that they needed to get out of. She didn't tell anybody, just upped and went, which was very brave of her, especially since she'd been married and started her family young and was now 66 years old and hadn't done anything on her own before. Of course (most of) her family thought she was mad and wanted to know what she was playing at, but that was more because they didn't have anyone around to cook, clean, babysit etc. Right ungrateful lot they were, apart from her eldest single daughter Diana who cheered her on and thought it was a fabulous thing to be doing. She had no idea where she was going, but started off from Surrey and managed to get to Scotland, stopping at various places along the way. She also managed to get into a variety of situations, including being nearly arrested in a protest she wasn't really in, being an extra in a Scottish soap, and even inadvertently getting roped into being a getaway driver after a robbery - well nearly - very funny! She met some lovely people on her journey, and camped out under the stars on more than one occasion in the little tent she'd bought herself. Connie was such a lovely, caring person and it was so nice to see her enjoying herself and doing what she wanted for a change. Very enjoyable, funny (absolutely hilarious at the end!), quite sad in 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 by Dee MacDonald in the future.
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Sherri Thacker
April 24, 2018
Connie who is 66 years old has decided she’s been taking advantage of for far too long and she “needs” to get away from it all and take an adventure. Does she ever!! I was laughing out loud at several spots in this book. The characters she meets along the way are very interesting and it makes for great entertainment. Being that I’ve never been to London or Scotland, it made me feel like I was there! And I totally did not see that ending coming! Wowsers!!! I really enjoyed Connie’s travels and hope they’ll be another book with more adventures!! 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you for this complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Blue Moonie
July 5, 2019
Serendipity brought me this author, & I'm very happy that it did! What a wonderfully written voice she has ~ it spoke to me at the perfect point in my life. I wasn't ready for the story to be over when it ended, & so happy to discover that it continues in a second book! Thank you, Dee McDonald ~ I can't wait to learn more about Connie's adventures.Your writing has given me much to think about as I explore my own forward path in this earthly sojourn.
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