Good morning everyone and happy Sunday!  Today I’m so happy to be on the blog tour and bringing you a review for The Women Who Ran Away by the fabulous Sheila O’Flanagan.  This is a fantastic sun-soaked story of friendship with a brilliant mystery throughout that will keep you hooked…

book blurb & info

In Sheila O’Flanagan’s stunning new novel, two women face up to shocking truths about the men they’ve loved – and start to make their own decisions about what to do next…

Deira isn’t the kind of woman to steal a car. Or drive to France alone with no plan. But then, Deira didn’t expect to be single. Or to suddenly realise that the only way she can get the one thing she wants most is to start breaking every rule she lives by.

Grace has been sent on a journey by her late husband, Ken. She doesn’t really want to be on it but she’s following his instructions, as always. She can only hope that the trip will help her to forgive him. And then – finally – she’ll be able to let him go.

Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Grace and Deira find that it’s easier to share secrets with a stranger, especially in the shimmering sunny countryside of Spain and France. But they soon find that there’s no escaping the truth, whether you’re running away from it or racing towards it . . .

Published by: Headline on 16th July 2020

Formats Available: Hardback, Paperback, eBook and Audiobook

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US


my thoughts

Deira is nervous about the holiday she’s about to embark on, especially since she’s ‘borrowed’ her ex’s car to go on the road trip they were meant to do together.  But since he dumped her she’s decided to go it alone, enjoy herself and have a little bit of revenge.

Grace is onboard the same ferry but planning an entirely different road trip, one planned out by her late husband, Ken.  She doesn’t really want to be there, but is carrying out his final wish in the hope that she can finally move on.

With few others travelling alone, Deira and Grace are briefly pushed together but head off separately when they embark on dry land.  But when a chance encounter throws them together again, and Deria’s plans fall apart, they find themselves on an adventure together through France and Spain, following a mysterious, challenging and exciting treasure hunt set by Ken.  But it’s not only the physical journey they are on together, it’s an emotional one too as they both try to deal with their own personal issues, And what an emotional rollercoaster it turns out to be…..

I loved this!  From the first few pages I was sucked in wondering what was going to happen, and this just got better and better as the story went on.  The ‘treasure hunt’ set by Ken is fantastic, and kept me completely gripped as I wanted to find out what was at the end of it as much as the characters!  I was so invested in the story that I felt like I was on every step of the journey with them.

Deira and Grace are both relatable characters.  Deira is 39 and recently out of a 13 year relationship.  Struggling with the heartbreak and betrayal, and devastated that her body clock is ticking, she makes some questionable decisions, some will have you shocked, and others laughing out loud!  Grace who is recently widowed, is trying to adjust to life without her husband of 40 years, a man that liked to have control of things.  Having spent her life raising their kids and doing the best for her family, she’s feeling a bit resentful about the final trip and is unconvinced that there will be anything worthwhile at the end of it.  Their mutual heartbreak allows them to open up to each other and become friends, despite the age gap between them.  And they develop a strong and beautiful friendship, despite the challenges on the way.

The setting was absolutely amazing.  They travel to some beautiful places and as I’ve said, I genuinely felt like I was with them.  Sitting in the garden reading this under a baking sun made it even better!  The scenery is described beautifully; it really allows you to escape to some wonderful, sunny places.

The storyline was fantastic.  Experiencing the emotions of both characters is heartwarming, the treasure hunt is so well thought out and enjoyable to go along with (and must of taken a good bit of research!) and the final outcomes were satisfying and uplifting.

This is a brilliant, enjoyable, intriguing and heartwarming novel that will keep you turning the pages.  Perfect for sitting in the garden or around a pool (we can wish!) losing yourself in the story.  This is 100% recommended by me and I can’t wait. to read more from this wonderful author.



about the author

 Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of bestselling chart-toppers, including Her Husband’s Mistake, The Hideaway, What Happened That Night, The Missing Wife, My Mother’s Secret and All For You (winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award).  After working in banking and finance for a number of years, Sheila’s love for writing blossomed into curating stories about relationships in their many forms.

Where to find Sheila online: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


tour hosted by

Random Things Tours

Huge thank you to Anne for inviting me on to the tour, and to Sheila and Headline for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Don’t for get to follow the rest of the tour above, and let me know your thoughts if you’ve read this too.

Have a lovely relaxing Sunday!

Chelle x

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