The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’Flanagan

I’m so thrilled to be part of the tour today for this wonderful book. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.


‘One of my favourite authors’ Marian Keyes

‘If you’ve had to cancel your holiday plans this summer, don’t worry – this beautiful new novel will transport you to sunnier climes…’ – HEAT‘S READ OF THE WEEK

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 . . .


‘Didn’t want it to end‘ *****

‘I would have given this 6 stars if I could

‘Within the first chapter, I had left reality and social distancing behind and joined two amazing women on a life-changing adventure’ *****

‘A great summer read

Five stars all the way!’ *****

‘Sheila O’Flanagan never disappoints‘ *****

Fantastic read!’

Couldn’t put this book down!’

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My Review:

I just love a Sheila O’Flanagan book. I’ve read every book that she’s written, and I was so excited to read this one.

Immediately, I was pulled into the story and there I was totally captivated from the first page to the last. Sheila O’Flanagan is a master of storytelling, and one of the things that makes her books so special is the characters. They just feel so real. Deira I wasn’t too sure about to start off with. For a woman of forty, she seemed a bit immature. But as I got to know her better, she grew on me, and I could see what a difficult time she’d had with Gavin. I liked Grace straight away, her inner strength and wisdom, and her kind personality made me warm to her from the start.

The plot is just glorious. The two women are brought together by circumstances, and without giving too much away, there are a series of challenges that they must fulfil on each step of their journey. I really loved this aspect of the book, it was both intriguing and fun, and it ties the whole plot together, giving a real dimension and richness to the journey.

The setting is, of course, just sublime. As the women travel through France and into Spain, we are treated to a gorgeous vicarious trip through some beautiful villages and towns. In a year when we are unable to travel, it was so lovely to be transported to such wonderful destinations, albeit in our imaginations!

This gorgeous book had me totally transfixed from start to finish. It was pure enjoyment, and a welcome escape from reality. An absolute treat.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio

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 all their many forms.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @sheilaoflanagan / @headlinepg


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