February 03, 2017

The Runaway Wife by Elizabeth Birkelund #BookReview

 
Three beautiful French sisters entrust an American hiker with the mission of rescuing their mother high in the Alps. 

But what if she doesn’t want to be found? 

Recently fired from his high-power finance job and dumped by his fiancĂ©e, Jim Olsen has come to the Swiss Alps to clear his head. At the charming Cabane des Audannes, he meets Clio, Thalia and Helene Castellane, who are on a quest of their own: their mother, Calliope, has fled to these mountains to escape her philandering politician husband’s most recent scandal. As snow threatens to descend upon the Alps, the women have come to bring their mother home. 

But the sisters are at the point of surrender; it is time for them to return to Paris. Buoyed by wine and inspired by their beauty, Jim impetuously volunteers to assume their search, but soon realizes that he is in over his head. The Alps are filled with beauty and danger, not the least of which is Calliope’s desire to stay hidden. And all the while Jim finds himself haunted by the memory of her daughters and conflicted in his desire for them.

The Runaway Wife is a story of adventure, survival, and romance—and of a man’s discovery of a world outside his conventional life and a new vision of himself within it.




Elizabeth Birkelund is the author of one other French-inspired novel, The Dressmaker. As a freelance magazine journalist, Elizabeth was the personal finance columnist for Cosmopolitan and wrote for more than fifteen years for Working Woman, Self, and Glamour, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

The Runaway Wife was an okay book. I think that the premise of this book is a little to far fetched for my liking. And there is very little detail in this book, often leaving me feel a little unconnected to the book. The characters were nice to read about but sometimes lacking detail as well. I think that the setting was probably my favorite part of this book. It was just interesting to read about and I found that this was by my far my favorite aspect. I think the characters moved well through the environment and we really got to know about the Swiss Alps. The writing in this book was okay but not anything super special. 

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The premise of this book was a little to far fetched and there was a lack of detail in this book. 











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