One evening in early August, while mashing the potatoes for dinner, Connie McColl decides she’s had enough…
Connie McColl 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…
On her journey from England to Scotland, Connie stops in on long-lost friends and makes all sorts of colourful 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 will this summer change her life forever?
Connie is my new heroine. At sixty six years of age, she shows us it’s never too late to make changes in your life.
I doubt very much that Connie is on her own with how she feels. I know I for one have wished many a time that I could just up and leave for a few days in the hope that the rest of the family may one day realise just what I do for them. I’m sure they probably feel the same also. Getting married and falling into a routine can be nice but it can get boring and people can also start taking one another for granted.
Connie being sick of this, decides to put her foot down and go off in Kermit, her brilliantly nick named green car, to clear her head and have a good think about what she wants in life.
On Connie’s travels she meets some truly wonderful people. Some old, some new. If more people were like her I think the world would be a much better place. It was a wonderful journey of which I felt I was very much on a road to self discovery also. The freedom of being able to go where you wanted was just so idyllic and my heart at times felt like it was going to burst with Connie’s selfless actions.
The Runaway Wife is one of the loveliest books I have read this year. It will make you want to make changes in your own life as well as become a better person. A heartfelt and engaging read that I never wanted to end. Highly recommended.
My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
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Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.
She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.
Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!
Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.