Friday, November 01, 2013

Review: The Runaway Wife

About the Book:
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.

My Comments:
It is so easy to see where other people are doing it wrong.  Why does she let him treat her like that?  Why does he drink so much?  Why does he chase all those loose women?  Why does she dress like a tramp?  What do people say about me?  What do I do that "everyone" sees and shakes their head over?  

Rose is a woman who has been emotionally abused for years by her husband.  But one night she  had enough and fled.  Did she head to the local women's shelter, or the police station or any such  place?  No, she follows a dream; she goes looking for a man she met once.  In the process she finds the father who abandoned her years ago.  Her new life is wonderful; she has friends, she has men interested in her, she is creating a new relationship with her father.  Can it last?  Should it last?  

This is one of those books that is much more about the characters than about the plot.  Rose could easily see what was wrong in the lives of those in her path; this book is about her learning what is wrong in her life and putting it to right.  It is the story of a woman who is learning what love is and reaching out to gain it in her life; however it is not a romance novel.

The other character who fascinated me was Rose's daughter, Maddie.  Maddie is different that other children. She is very bright and very socially inept.  She doesn't like change.  She is a picky eater.  My "mother of autistic child" radar went off right away predicting that autism would be Maddie's diagnosis.  In this case Maddie was not diagnosed; rather, she was loved and cherished for who she was and it became obvious that what happened at home had far more effect on her than her mother ever realized.  

If it is important to you, there are references to intimate activity but no actual intimate scenes.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via Edelweiss.  Grade:  B+

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