The Runaway Wife by Dee MacDonald

The Runaway Wife

By Dee MacDonald

  • Release Date: 2018-04-24
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
Score: 5
From 15 Ratings
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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 


  • Fantastic

    By fabkaz
    I have just finished reading this book as a mature lady I really could relate to Connie. It’s well written and the author makes all the characters come to life I especially loved Don 😊😊😊 can’t wait for another book
  • A world I enjoyed being an invisible part of.

    By half awake
    Very enjoyable , looked forward to picking it up again every time.
  • Great read

    By graciecar
    The author really understood the need for us all to put ourself first sometimes. It’s funny, entertaining and an easy read.
  • An escapism treat

    By impy20541
    This is an escapism treat about a wife who does just that and this tells her adventure as she revisits memories throughout the uk. You will need to suspend some belief, as, all men fancy her and all women want to be her friend....and....the promised “laugh out loud” moments are there, but, it’s no side splitter of a tale and, in my opinion, the better for it. I enjoyed it. A refreshing opportunity to share a mature woman’s adventure and I look forward to more! Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookoutre for the opportunity to preview this book.
  • Warm and lovely

    By RonIOM
    This is a wonderful book, it just flows along and takes you with it. It made me laugh and cry and laugh again, especially at the end. That was a little bit of genius! The story follows Connie, a 66 year old mother and wife, who is used as a doormat by her family until one day she decides she's has enough and sets off on an adventure to find herself and work out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. She meets an array of new friends, catches up with old friends and has experiences she's never had before. It was a joy to explore new parts of the UK through Connie's eyes, especially the wilds of Scotland and to be with her on her voyage of discovery. The book is beautifully written and the characters are lovingly drawn to make them come alive. I absolutely loved the ending, that really had me chuckling and I can't wait for the next instalment. Connie is such a lovable character, she's the sort of person you'd want to go on a road trip with! Thanks to Bookouture, Net Galley and the Author for an ARC copy in return for an honest review