I am delighted to be bringing you my thoughts on “Runaway Bride” by Mary Jayne Baker. Published on 16th February by Harper Impulse, this is available in eBook format from Amazon UK. BUY HERE. My thanks to Harper Impulse and NetGalley for my copy of this book.
A heart-warming novel about love and new beginnings, this is the perfect book for spring!
Here comes the bride… but how long can she hide?
When Kitty Clayton flees her wedding with no money, no bank card and no phone, her life seems worryingly futureless. All she knows is, she’d rather sleep on the streets than go back home to cheating Ethan.
After picking her up hitch-hiking, widowed children’s author Jack Duffy takes Kitty under his wing, looking out for her until she gets back on her feet. And it’s not long before the two grow close…
But with Jack struggling to recover from the guilt he feels over his wife’s death and Kitty refusing to face up to the problems she’s running away from at home, will the two ever manage to share a happily ever after?
I tend to read a lot of crime, mystery and darker stories, but every now and again I love to read a good feel good, lighter and much more heart warming story. The Runaway Bride is one of those stories. It was the perfect book for relaxing with as I followed the story of Kittie, married only 3 hours, running away from her own wedding reception. Bedraggled, broke, distraught and sat on the side of the road is where Jack finds her. A kind-hearted soul who cannot leave her there. As the story begins to unfold the story of Kittie’s wedding and life is revealed as well as the tragedy that befell Jack.
I really enjoyed this story, it is an enveloping read that leaves you feeling all warm and aaahhhhh! It has some really good back stories that explore the lives of our two main characters, this is gradually teased out as the characters find a way to tell each other their tale. They have both suffered in one form or another and it is their sharing of their lives that help them move forward. There are some surprising and unexpected turns that I didn’t expect or even see coming, they have darker underlying issues that made this intriguing.
This is my first time reading one Mary’s books and I can honestly say it will not be my last. A well paced, well written book with surprises and twists that kept me engaged from start to finish.
This is the perfect book to read for a lazy afternoon and one that I would happily recommend to readers who are after a good chick lit fiction book that will engross them.
About the Author:
Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature in 2003, she dallied with living in cities including London, but eventually came back to her beloved Dales with her own romantic hero in tow.
She lives with him in a little house with four little cats and a little rabbit, writing stories about girls with flaws and the men who love them. You can usually find her there with either a pen, some knitting needles or a glass of wine in hand. She goes to work every day as a graphic designer for a magazine publisher, but secretly dreams of being a lighthouse keeper.
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