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…
From the bestselling author of The Runaway Wife, The Getaway Girls is a laugh-out-loud, life-affirming journey of friendship, romance and living life to the full. If you loved The Kicking the Bucket List and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry this book is for you.
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And so, my Summer reading continues with The Getaway Girls by Dee MacDonald, and boy was it a fun read.
Right out of the gate we are introduced to the three main characters, Connie, Maggie, and Gill; who, as readers will notice, are all mature woman. Now, I don’t know about you, but I loved the fact that these adventurous protagonists were all of advanced age, it is so rare to find in literature these days; it serves as a reminder that enjoying life and new experiences aren’t limited to one’s 20’s and 30’s.
As for the actual plot, the idea of travelling around in a motorhome has always been a dream of mine. So, as a reader, it was incredibly satisfying to live vicariously through these ladies; especially when the author did such a brilliant job of painting the picturesque scenery through her writing.
However, perhaps the best part of The Getaway Girls was the characters themselves. I was uncertain at first how I would get on with Connie, Maggie, and Gill at first; but as the story developed, it was a joy to spend time with these three and watch how they grew throughout the story.
Overall, I really and truly enjoyed this novel; I couldn’t help but smile by the time I came to the last page. I can’t wait to go back and read The Runaway Wife.
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.