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The Wife Who Ran Away Audio CD – 1 Jun 2014

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471263398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471263392
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Tess Stimson was born and brought up in Sussex, England, and read English at St. Hilda's College, Oxford before joining CNN and ITN, reporting and producing regional and world stories and travelling to hotspots and war-zones all over the globe. Her novel, The Adultery Club, was a Top Ten Bestseller and has been translated into 15 languages. Her other titles include The Wife Who Ran Away, What's Yours Is Mine, The Cradle Snatcher, The Infidelity Chain, Hard News, Soft Focus, Pole Position, and Beat the Bitch (non-fiction). Her new novel, The Lying Game, is out now. Tess lives in Vermont with her husband and three children, where she is working on her next book, An Open Marriage, which will be published in 2014.
For more information, visit or follow Tess on Twitter and Facebook.

Product Description

There are some things you can never leave behind... Kate Forrest is invisible... her husband doesn't seem to know she's alive and her two children have become stroppy adolescents. With her fortieth birthday approaching, Kate walks out of her life, and gets on a plane to Italy. With no responsibilities, she soon finds herself caught up in the arms of a man half her age. But eventually Kate will be forced to choose between her past and the future.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Dec. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Kate decides on impulse to leave her stressful life. She does what many of us might dream of doing. She takes a taxi to the airport and hops on a plane to Rome instead of going back to work after her lunch break. She is approaching her fortieth birthday and it seems as though nothing gets done unless she does it.

Kate has recently had a miscarriage and her husband Ned said all the wrong things including that the miscarriage was a blessing in disguise almost in so many words. Kate is earning a six figure salary and her husband is supposed to be a freelance journalist but spends more than he earns. Her mother, Eleanor, expects everything done for her and teenagers Agness and Guy rarely do anything to help.

The story is told by all the main characters in turn which is a format which doesn't always work. I felt as though the characters didn't really have different voices and I took an instant dislike to Ned as a character whether he was talking in his own voice or when he was seen through the eyes of the other characters.

I could see how Kate had contributed to her situation by doing everything herself but if you are a capable you just do get on with things without wondering whether you can do it all or even whether you should do everything.

I felt as though there was perhaps too much going on in this story and that maybe some of the sub plots should have been omitted. The ending was a bit of a disappointment - to me at any rate. In spite of all this it was an enjoyable read and I did want to see what happened to the people involved. I'm sure the author's many fans will love this story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kindle fan on 21 Mar. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I think this book strikes a chord for mothers who sometimes just daydream about running away from a lifetime's commitment of shopping, cooking, washing, organising lives for people who don't notice a thing! The story meanders through the reality of what would happen if you did just run away - the upshot is that people appreciate you more. I find having a big strop and refusing to iron clothes usually has the same effect.

Anyway, it's a nice rainy afternoon/holiday read - not entirely believable but leaves you with a feel-good feeling
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F Keegan on 7 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
Kat is in a rut, her husband Ned is next to useless, despite being a free lance journalist he spends more time dossing around the house, forgets anniversaries and in general may as well be a third child in their family. Guy and Agness are the two real children in the relationship, Guy, a sweet teenage boy who is struggling with bullying at school but won't tell and Agness, a stroppy 14 year old. Kat's job is demanding, sure it pays well but it seems lately they want blood for that salary and there is always someone nipping at her heels for her job.
Acting impulsively one day , Kat gets on a plane and heads to an old friend in Italy telling no one and secretly hopes that Ned will drop all and come woo her back home. Only it doesn't quite happen as she had hoped and when things go really wrong at home forcing her return Kat has to question what she really wants in life.
The story is told through the eyes of the key characters and I really enjoyed seeing the dilemmas faced from their perspective. The only character I can say I truly liked was Guy, my heart broke for him and what he was going through, the rest I just wanted to shake. Nevertheless it may as well have been a true tale as I am sure many relationships pose the problems that Kat and Ned go through. An average read for me but reasonably enjoyable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on 9 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
At times I'm sure that we've all felt like we're being taken for granted but could you just pick up and leave? That's precisely what Kate does in this story. Whilst out shopping on an errand for her mother, who then phones to say it's no longer needed, Kate is pushed to her limit and decides there and then to take up and leave with literally just the clothes on her back.

She heads to the airport and books a flight to Rome and turns up on the doorstep of her old friend Julia. However, because of her busy work life schedule it's two days before her family even notice that she's gone, they just assume that she's busy at work and didn't come home!

We soon find out that Kate has recently suffered a tragic miscarriage a couple of months previously that she's still coming to terms with, her husband has been gambling and lost a large sum of money which she's had to work hard to clear the debt as he's not been working much as a freelance journalist, her job is under threat by a new younger colleague, her children Guy and Agness expect to be waited on hand and foot, and her mother and sister expect her to pay everything for them too because she's earning good money. Everyone wants a piece of her and there's not enough to go around...

Whilst in Italy she is literally swept off her feet by a young lover who likes her for being simply herself, not the busy career woman, wife, housekeeper, mum or daughter. But will this last or is it just simply a perfect distraction to get over the troubles at home?

The story is told from different viewpoints from events prior to the day Kate left and afterwards, and each character reliving events that contributed to Kate feeling put upon by the whole family.
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