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The Runaway Wife

Coleman, Rowan (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Runaway Wife
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"When Rose Pritchard flees her abusive husband in the middle of the night, there's only one place she can think of going. Millthwaite is a remote village deep in the Lake District, hundreds of miles from her unhappy home. It's also Rose's only link to Frasier McCleod. They met just once, long ago, but his kindness sparked a connection that has sustained her ever since"--Page 4 of cover.
Authors: Coleman, Rowan
Title: The runaway wife
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2013
Edition: Gallery Books trade paperback edition
Characteristics: 410 pages ; 21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Includes a reading group guide
Originally published: Great Britain : Arrow Books, 2012
"A novel"--Cover
Summary: "When Rose Pritchard flees her abusive husband in the middle of the night, there's only one place she can think of going. Millthwaite is a remote village deep in the Lake District, hundreds of miles from her unhappy home. It's also Rose's only link to Frasier McCleod. They met just once, long ago, but his kindness sparked a connection that has sustained her ever since"--Page 4 of cover.
Alternate Title: Run-away wife
ISBN: 1476725233
9781476725239
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Statement of Responsibility: Rowan Coleman
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Fiction Wife abuse Fiction Runaway wives Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Wife abuse
Runaway wives
LCCN: 2013009696
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May 12, 2014
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This novel is told by Rose Pritchard, a woman who has fled her home in London to the remote Lake District village of Millthwaite, taking her young daughter Maddie with her. The reader only gradually discovers the reason why she fled, learning each piece of information a shred at a time until the true story of the domestic abuse Rose suffered is laid bare. The reader does know early on that she fled due to something her husband did, but the true extent of the abuse is not made clear until near the end.
Rose has come to this village because of an encounter years earlier when she was pregnant with Maddie, when a young man searching for information on Rose's father, a painter, treated her with kindness and respect and connected with her in a way that Rose found meaningful and enduring. The village is his only clue to where he might be, but her flight to the village also finds another figure from her past, the father who left her and her mother when she was nine, and who has not contacted her since.
The troubled relationship with the man she once adored is something she wasn't looking to revisit and doesn't know if she can stomach at this point in her life, but the presence of Maddie and Maddie's own eccentric nature bring both Rose and her father to make the effort.
Rose's lack of a normal adolescence has her experimenting with love in ways not always well thought out, but this experimentation and the support of her best friend increase her confidence to the point that she is ready to face her husband and deal with the situation as she needs to to move forward.
At times, this novel seems light, but there is a real respect for the complexity of domestic abuse and how women get caught up in this destructive dynamic.

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