Happy publication day to Dee MacDonald and ‘The Getaway Girls’! It isn’t often that I break a few day blog break to do a blog tour, but when Kim Nash from Bookouture asked me to be involved, I just couldn’t say no, especially after reading her debut, ‘The Runaway Wife’. Huge thank you to Bookouture for both the blitz invite, and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
One morning, Connie McColl wakes up and decides to swap her ordinary life, for an extraordinary adventure…
Connie McColl is finally free to make her own decisions for the first time in decades. And when she meets glamorous Gill and downtrodden Maggie, at a rather dull flower arranging class, it seems that she’s not the only one dreaming of adventure. The three very different women all agree it’s about time they had a holiday to remember.
So they make a pact for this summer to be their best yet – and drive off into the sunset together…
As they meander their way along the beautiful beaches of France and onto the glorious delights of Italy in their luxury campervan, the new friends have plenty of fun and frolics in the sunshine. But the vacation isn’t quite what they expected…
Gill will do anything to have one last holiday romance, Connie has a surprise inheritance awaiting her in Italy, and Maggie has a secret that is going to catch up with them all…
In the end, all three women discover that the journey they thought would be their last really is just the beginning…
What does TWG think?
Having read, loved, and absolutely adored the first meeting with Connie in ‘The Runaway Wife’, I was SO excited to get my hands on ‘The Getaway Girls’. Once again, Connie is getting itchy feet from staying in one place ‘too long’ and, now that she has the confidence to live her life to the fullest, the urge to embark on new adventures it’s too strong to ignore. Connie is at the stage in her life where she is expected to ‘act’ like someone in their late sixties, however someone of a certain age is meant to act that is, but she is more than willing to stick her two fingers up to anyone who chooses to stand in her way.
This time round, however, Connie has decided to drive to Italy, stopping off at some rather delightful sights on the way – but this is an adventure with a difference! She isn’t on her own! Connie and two other colourful characters, Gill and Maggie, have decided to accompany Connie on her travels. I’m just glad that they didn’t talk about expectations about their holiday before they set off, as I think that they would be rather shocked by the reality!
I loved how down to earth, relatable, and care free ‘The Getaway Girls’ was! Whilst I thought the overall vibe of the storyline was a little bit more serious and slightly less funny than the previous book, I still rather enjoyed catching up with Connie again and following her as she finally lives her life the way that she chooses. Of course, her summer came with a few hurdles, but it just goes to show that it doesn’t matter where you are in life, you’ll always be tested by life itself, making those moments of peace very well deserved.
I thought Gill was absolutely brilliant, and I am so glad that Maggie chose to come out of her shell by the end of the book. My opinion of both characters to begin with, were very uncertain as they kept their guards up for reasons which only become clear further into the storyline. I felt quite emotional towards the end of ‘The Getaway Girls’ – all three ladies had been on quite a journey, seeing different sights for the first time, finding themselves, as well as opening their hearts whilst they still could, the friendships that they had forged as the reached the end of their journey was very touching and extremely poignant. I would consider myself incredibly lucky if I were to reach my sixties and find myself surrounded with ladies as loyal as Gill, Maggie and Connie.
A thought-provoking, energetic, promising, and huggable read which fills your heart quicker than a box full of puppies. Another delightful treat from Dee MacDonald!
About the author
The Runaway Wife is Dee’s first (published) novel but in fact she wrote her very first book – at around seven years of age! This was a love story which she duly illustrated before sewing all the pages together up one side. Writing was what she ‘was good at’ in school and she won several essay competitions, but then life got in the way and she didn’t pick up a pen again until after retirement.
Dee left Scotland and headed for London at the beginning of the swinging sixties. After typing her way round the West End she became an air stewardess on long haul routes with BA (then BOAC) for eight years. After that she did market research at Heathrow for both the government statistics and for BA, she became a sales rep., and was the receptionist at the Thames Television Studios in Teddington when they had the franchise.
She then ran a small B&B for ten years in Cornwall, where she lives with her husband. Dee has one son and two grandsons who live locally.
Her second book, The Getaway Girls, will be published in August.