Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Review: The Runaway Woman by Josphine Cox

Lucy lives a normal life in a normal street. Was she a fool or an angel to want to run away?
Lucy Lovejoy married her childhood sweetheart at 16, but since then she’s lost a little more of herself with each passing year. Those looking from the outside think she’s like any other wife and mother, but there is no warmth or love at the centre of Lucy’s family – her children have watched their father belittle her for years and are, much to her sadness, following in his footsteps.

With her 40th birthday approaching, Lucy discovers that her good-for-nothing husband is having an affair with her sister, a double-betrayal for Lucy, and it shatters her.

Sitting on a bench one day – she looks back at her life, and feels like she’s done nothing with it. So, mustering up all of her courage she decides to leave her family and the home she’s devoted so many years to, she decides to go out into the world and start a new life.

What will Lucy discover?

Hardcover, 432 pages

Terri's Thoughts

I received a copy of this book from the publisher HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  According to Edelweiss the expected publication date is February 10th 2015 however I believe this to be a re-release.

This is a story about a woman who has put others before her for her whole life and in doing so lost who she was.  Also in doing so it caused people to walk all over her and take advantage of her.  At first I thought this would make a really interesting story.

Lucy's husband and sister were utterly despicable.  How two people can treat family the way they did I do not know.  My problem was that as they continued to treat Lucy as less than a person I started to find Lucy a little bit annoying.  How can somebody not stand up for themselves?  How can someone have no interests outside of caring for others?  I wanted to scream at Lucy as much as I wanted to scream at the people in her life.

As the synopsis suggest this is a story about Lucy finding her way in the world and as a result herself.  For me it took too long to get to this point.  I could only dwell on Lucy's unhappiness for so long.  When it finally gets to the point of her journey it felt rushed and happened so quickly I was questioning what happened.

If you like your stories wrapped up nice and neatly with a big shiny bow this may be of interest to you.  Although a potential spoiler here this story does not leave any loose unhappy ends.  It was almost too neatly wrapped up.

All in all it was an OK read for me

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