Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Runaway Wife by Rowan Coleman

From the internationally bestselling author of Lessons in Laughing Out Loud comes a moving and heartwarming novel about a woman who escapes an abusive relationship and flees with her young daughter in search of a kind stranger she met many years earlier.

Remembering the letter that says, “You are a remarkable woman and you deserve all the happiness, contentment, and love in the world. I, for one, know that I have never met anyone quite like you,” Rose Pritchard turns up on the doorstep of a B&B in England’s lake district. It is her last resort, as she and her seven-year-old daughter Maddie have left everything behind. They have come to the village of Millthwaite in search of the person who once offered Rose hope.

Almost immediately Rose wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake—if she’s chasing a dream—but she knows in her heart that she cannot go back. She’s been given a second chance—at life, and love—but will she have the courage to take it?

Blending wit, insight, and emotion with a sensitive touch and a warm dose of humor, Rowan Cowan has crafted a poignant novel that will linger with you long after the final page has been turned

The 411 by Maria:

Rose was in an abusive marriage. One day she opens the door while her husband is away and a kind stranger changes her life. When she finally gets the nerve to leave her husband the only place she thinks to go is on a post card sent by the kind stranger that she only met once years 7 years prior. 

Finding herself on the run with her 7 year old daughter in tow she makes her way to a Bed and Breakfast in the town searching for the man who changed her life with an impromptu visit and some kind words.   

While there her life completely changes and she runs into her past, a past that shaped the woman she was and the one she will become. 

While it took me a while to get into the book which I now know for some reason has something to do with the different words used by International authors. Every time I have had trouble getting really into a book, I turn the book over to find out the author isn't from the States. Well, I call myself the Amateur Book Reviewer for a reason. Anywhooo...when I finally got into it, it did move quickly. Rose is a great female lead who only wants to be loved and made to feel she is worthy! 

I found her 7 year old daughter Maddie to be one of my favorite characters and was entertained by her character. An old soul for sure and one of the reasons I loved the book so much.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was received.

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