Blog Tour: The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’Flanagan

July 23, 2020 Blog Tour, Book review 1 ★★★★½

The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’Flanagan swept me away to Spain and France for a lovely escapist read. Huge thanks to Random Things Tours for inviting me to join this blog tour for an author whose books I always adore.

Blog Tour: The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’FlanaganThe Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O'Flanagan
Published by Headline Publishing Group on July 16, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Women, Friendship
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Publisher
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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...
'One of my favourite authors' Marian Keyes 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 . . .

BOOKLOVE Page-Turner Refreshing Well Written

First Line of The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’Flanagan

“Even after she’d put the luggage in the tiny boot of the convertible, Deira still wasn’t sure if she was going to go through with it.”

My Thoughts on The Women Who Ran Away

I feel like this is a very empowering book. We meet two women – Deira and Grace – who are at low points in their lives and both are unsure of the road ahead of them. Literally and figuratively, as they are both on road trips and trying to figure out their lives.

They are strangers, but end up travelling together, and sharing their struggles. I loved watching their friendship, build slowly, but surely. And I appreciated their honesty and strength with each other, as they didn’t hold back and spoke their opinions even if it made uncomfortable listening for the other person. But because their opinions came from truly caring and wanting the best for the other person, it was very uplifting and genuine.

The locations were fab, and I felt like I was road tripping right along with them. And there was even a treasure hunt thrown in to add a little mystery to the trip. It made me feel like throwing my own bags into the boot and heading off too. If only it wasn’t 2020!

This is a book about women, finding their identities and making their own way in the world and I loved it.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars

Who should read The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’Flanagan?

Fans of Sheila’s previous books will find entertaining characters here just as in all her previous books.  I’d also recommend this to you if you enjoy engrossing reads that make you feel all the emotions and that make you care about the characters.  Fans of authors such as Patricia ScanlanEmma Hannigan and Rachael English should also enjoy.

About Sheila O'Flanagan

As a child I enjoyed reading and telling stories, and everyone thought that my future career would have something to do with books and literature. But though I applied for a job in the library all of the job offers I got were in commerce. I turned down lots of them before my mother accepted one for me (I was on holiday at the time). It was in the Central Bank of Ireland and that’s how my career in financial services began.

In my spare time I still loved reading, and I desperately wanted to write my own book. I guess I never quite got over the fact that I was never offered the library job! In my thirties I decided that it was now or never and I sat down, stuck Chapter 1 on a page, and started. I wrote the whole thing before sending it off to an Irish publishing company.

I was offered a publishing deal (with no advance) by them, but only if I wrote a different book! So it was back to the drawing board. I started again and wrote Dreaming of a Stranger. It was another two years before it was published. It wasn’t until I’d written a few books and was offered a contract (this time with an advance) from another publisher that I felt able to give up my trading job and write full time. So I eventually realised my dream of being a full-time writer.

For ten years, some when I was working as a bond dealer, and some after I left, I also wrote a business column for the Irish Times. Now, of course the financial markets are a greater source of fantasy than any novel!

When I’m writing a book I want to do three things:
•Tell a good story
•Make the reader feel like they know the characters
•Make each book better than the last

I didn't set out to write for any particular type of reader, but I suppose I must have had people like me in mind – people who have busy lives and who like to escape into someone else’s for a while.

I love writing books. I hope you enjoy reading them


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One Response to “Blog Tour: The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’Flanagan”

  1. Kathryn Trask

    I’ve put this in my TBR list Trish since reading your review. I haven’t read anything by the author before but seems a good book to sample her.

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