• 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 (378 ratings)

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By: Dee MacDonald
Narrated by: Diana Croft
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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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Well written and narrated

I thoroughly enjoyed this read from first chapter till last. Very thought provoking and I thought very real. Diana Crofts’ narration was one of the best I’ve listened too, her accents and tone of voice were perfect.

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Well Worth the Read

The story-line is what makes this listen totally worth it. The performance of different accents is better than average, but leaves something to be desired, which is why I gave it 4 stars. Connie is a lovely, older Irish homemaker with an adult family and Grandkids. It takes Connie's manufactured inner spunk to, even temporarily, separate herself from a family where Connie has, for at least 7years, allowed herself to become enmeshed by her husband and adult kids. Connie's first road trip alone in her older car, Kermit, is well worth riding along in the passenger seat while Connie ventures out to visit old friends and make new friends (characters al) from Ireland to Scotland. I admit that middle-aged women might enjoy this book most, although non-religious Connie exhibits the wholesome behavior of higher conscience in every decision she makes, even to the point of generously delaying her freeing trip when she discovers her dear friend is dyng of cancer. Connie is a delight around every corner of her get away, including rearranging her home/family life after she gets back home in her new red convertable.

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Very Entertaining

Very entertaining, great audio reading, was a great way to relax my mind with humor and entertainment. A surprise plot twist. I would definitely recommend this for a relaxing, fun audiobook that allows the mind to rest & enjoy the dialogue!

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Lovely story.

A lovely story about an unappreciated wife and mother rediscovering herself on a road trip. As well as the fun and positive influenceshe has on the new friends she meets on her adventure .

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Just okay

I can see how others would find this enjoyable, and I may come back to it another time. I usually enjoy this type of thing, but this one’s just not my cup of blacktop. Just one vignette after another, some stretching belief in their seamlessness. Potential ***SPOILER***: I skipped to the end, which had a twist but was very convenient for her.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-22

Entertaining

At first I thought, here we go, another midlife+ coming of age story, but enjoyed her little excursions and found the Newcastle episode particularly poignant. Hadn't quite twigged the name hint for the twist at the end.

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  • Lesley Goodman
  • 10-06-22

Would recommend, a light listen.

As one of the other reviewers said, the scenarios were a little unlikely and the story not totally believable. However, it was a pleasant listen, especially the Edinburgh section as that's my home town. The accents were OK, except for Don's voice/accent which was a little creepy. The idea of taking off in your 60s appeals (I'm 64 and divorced) and frankly if I could afford it, I'd be off in my little car on a saga adventure!! Worth a credit and a listen. Didn't see that ending coming!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-22

loved it

the story is unusual and very entertaining. I enjoyed every minute of it. I am almost 50 and i could relate to what goes through the main characters mind. inspiring...

The narrator did a marvelous job! I will look out for more

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  • carly munroe
  • 09-13-22

A lovely surprise!

Came across this book by chance & seeing as the characters are older than the ones in my usual books I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it as it’s not so relatable.
I was wrong! Absolutely loved this book.. laughed out loud , shed some tears & inspired me for the future. Narration was great apart from a couple dodgey accents but I loved her all the same! Defo a feel good book , highly recommend x

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  • krissi
  • 09-07-22

Tedioud

Was looking forward to this hopefully feel good book. Half way through began to tire of the endless ridiculous scenarios. Couldn't finish it and have requested a refund.
Irritating and boring.

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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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  • Goddessmmoon
  • 11-19-22

A good listen

A very interesting story line sometimes a bit far fetched but in all a good book