I was recently asked if I’d like to join in on reading a digital ARC of The Runaway Wife by Rosie Clarke and to join in on the blog tour. Of course I said yes so I am here today to share my thoughts on the book. All opinions are my own.
This is the story about a young English woman in the 1920s who is pressured by her mother and society to marry well in order to help provide for her family whose once proud estate is slowly crumbling due to some bad investments that her Dad made before he passed and the crash of the Stock Market.
She finds love while visiting a lovely Inn with a dear friend but alas things don’t go as planned because Belle feels the pressure to marry a man who is well off but the man she meets whose name is Paul is not rich by any standards though does well on her own.
Forced into a marriage with a man named Richard Jensen whose mood is mercurial at best when he forces her into a compromising position and takes advantage of her after too many drinks, it’s certainly a rock start to a marriage that her Mother approves of but her dearest friends tried to warn her away from. He’s essentially a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Belle may have all the comforts of money, goods and beautiful surroundings but it’s a poor substitute for how mood her husband is, how emotionally and physically abusive he is and generally a terrible person to be around for her well being.
When he does a terrible act to her one night in a fit of rage, Belle knows that she needs to get away from the man before he possibly kills her and manages to find a temporary place of refuge. Afraid Richard will find her, she tries her best to lay low while trying to heal from her ordeal and figure out what she wants to do with her life.
Just as she’s starting to enjoy her quiet life helping out at a hotel, working for employers who are very kind and generous, her past is about to come rudely knocking at the door. Belle will have to make some tough decisions, rely on people in unlikely places and just maybe take a leap at having the life she’s always wanted to.
I would just like to point out that there may be a trigger warning concerning abuse and rape but overall it was a very interesting book. It was an interesting story on how quickly someone can change in a matter of months and that sometimes you are much stronger than you initially believed.
An interesting mix of family dynamics, 1920s England, finding love, the pressures of trying to marry well and how appearances can be deceiving. This was not a light book but I really appreciate how the author handled the dark points of the novel without going into detail.
Well I hope you’ve found my review interesting and might like to pick up this book.
Here’s a list of the other bloggers taking part in this tour.
Feel free to check them out! I get a lick put of having my name on there! So that concludes my bookish ramblings. I will be back soon with more bookish content.
Until then, happy reading!
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