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The Wife Who Ran Away Kindle Edition
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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.
Anyway, it's a nice rainy afternoon/holiday read - not entirely believable but leaves you with a feel-good feeling
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. There is a shocking sub-plot which was the bullying of son Guy and it was horrifying to read the things that were happening to him especially as it's likely to be happening in real-life to some child somewhere..
However, when Guy disappears Kate realises that she needs to go home to try and help find him and face the impact her disappearing has had on all the family. Will they find him before it's too late? Is it too late to try and mend relationships with her family? And does she want to try and repair her marriage or leave and start a new life with her young lover?
This was a book that had me gripped from start to finish wanting to see how it all worked out in the end for Kate.
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