• The Runaway Wife

  • A Laugh Out Loud Feel Good Novel About Second Chances
  • By: Dee MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Diana Croft
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (330 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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Fully deserves a "You Go Girl"

Started this thinking it would be a bit silly and more of a romp than a compelling story. Boy, was I wrong. I was hooked on Connie McCall from the Get-Go and when she takes a Runner from her dull life in Sussex and heads North I was in the passenger seat with her in both Kermit and Rosie. The fascinating people she meets on the road, some that she reconnects with after many years and every single one of her decisions to "Go Home" answered by, "Well, maybe not today. Maybe tomorrow" had me cheering for her. I am a couple of years older than her and have lived a very different life, but the road to self-realization is never easy. Glad I went with her.

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Not Exactly 'Hilarious' ...

... but enjoyable. The premise was promising, and I expected more ... but the product is rather two-dimensional and superficial. Still, take it for what it's worth - a light novel with a variety of characters linked together by one woman's road trip. The narrator is excellent, and her varied accents understated and believable. Worth a credit.

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Just an okay story, but great narration.

Disappointed that this story has so much blatant sin in order for the wife to "find herself". Definitely not a Christian story by any stretch of the imagination. I was able to get through it, but I won't listen to any more by this author.

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Runaway wife

Loved it!I would love to tag along with Connie,picking up hitch hikers,getting picked up herself!An adventure all wives could use! Diana Croft was a terrific narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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Truly Delightful

This book has to be my all time favorite. Perfect narration for the Connie character and all those she encountered. I loved every chapter. Every long-time married woman at one time or another longs for Connie’s courage.
Are there other books by Dee McDonald narrated by Diane Croft? I hope so.

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a must read whether running away or not.
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Runaway Wife great listen while you are traveling!

I loved the book so much, I treated myself to the audio to enjoy the British accent + the story again. If you are married & middle aged - YOU WILL LOL all the way thru it! You will cheer her on & even want to give her advice as to her next "turn" in her little green car! Halfway thru you may start taking notes for your own "Runaway Trip!" delightful! realistic! enjoyable! on point for middle-aged & stuck in a rut of under-appreciated!

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Adventurous, heartfelt story.

This book warmed my heart listening to all the adventures Connie had. Reminds as all that life is precious and should enjoy meeting new people, you'll never know where it might take you.

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I loved it.

It was just what I needed. light, funny and very well written. Well performed.

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  • Carrie Brown
  • 08-15-18

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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  • Caroline
  • 08-12-18

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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  • Sarah
  • 11-13-18

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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  • MRS SALLY A JAMES
  • 08-08-22

Pure Escapism

This story was made so memorable and enjoyable by the narrator, I loved all her different accents and tones, they kept me enthralled. Loved the story, there secretly is a Connie in all of us.

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  • Rachel Keeling
  • 06-05-22

Mid life crisis road trip/romp easy listening

I liked the idea, probably as it’s close to home, thought provoking at times and funny at others. Far too many coincidences to forget it’s fiction but a good heart warming tale.

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  • Devon
  • 04-06-22

Uplifting, amusing, sweet story

Really enjoyed listening to Connie s journey and meeting the friends along the way. A great story 👍

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  • BettyBoopsta
  • 03-19-22

lovely light listen

I'm inspired to do the same. not entirely predictable and a good few laughs along the way. a good mix of characters. a great story about getting older and enjoying

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  • tumpleby
  • 02-07-22

I loved this book

Pure escapism of a lady in her 69’s finding herself it is a real joy to read and I sincerely hope there’s a follow up.

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  • anasta
  • 01-22-22

Yes!

A good story and one which most wives can relate to - at least at some point in their marriage.
I thought it was well plotted and good fun.
Didn't expect the end reveal though!

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  • Viv H
  • 01-06-22

superb! so funny!

Enjoyed this so much, at times I laughed out loud listening in bed. really great pace in the story, great characters & well narrated which really helped. Not my usual genre but so pleased I took a chance on this... will most likely give you a giggle.