The Women Who Ran Away
Irish women Deira and Grace are both undertaking deeply emotional journeys. They are both running away from the grief of a lost relationship both mentally, physically and emotionally.
As the miles pass, you get an insight into the lives of both women, and why they are so deeply affected by the men who have been so significant in their lives.
Deira is going on a journey that should have been with her partner Gavin. She ‘borrows’ his sportscar and sets off, uncertain of where her journey will take her.
Similarily Grace is also travelling alone. She is set to follow an itinerary set by her late husband, a deeply controlling man.
The books promises great opportunities, and endless possibilities for the two women who decide to travel together. I was excited to see what they would experience and if they gained comfort from their trip across Europe.
Deira and Grace are very different women but the problems that they face are hugely relatable. I was happy that fate threw them together as they embarked on a fascinating treasure hunt taking them through beautifully portrayed European cities. It was refreshing that the women on the road trip were complete strangers so the book revolves around a new friendship and how it is sometimes easier to confide in a stranger than close loved ones.
As with all Sheila O’Flanagan novels, this is a real page-turner with light-hearted elements as well as the soul searching and grief that the women had to process. The locations are described vividly and I enjoyed the literary references written into the itinerary by Grace’s English professor husband. A great holiday read, or for anyone who craves an escape from the complexities of life.
Thank you to AnneCater, the publisher and author for a copy of the book and invite to the blog tour. The book has been reviewed honestly.
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