The Runaway Wife

The Runaway Wife

eBook - 2016
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"Where'd You Go, Bernadette? meets Eat, Pray, Love." --The Skimm

Three beautiful French sisters entrust an American hiker with the mission of rescuing their mother high in the Alps.

But what if she doesn't want to be found?

Recently fired from his high-power finance job and dumped by his fiancée, Jim Olsen has come to the Swiss Alps to clear his head. At the charming Cabane des Audannes, he meets Clio, Thalia and Helene Castellane, who are on a quest of their own: their mother, Calliope, has fled to these mountains to escape her philandering politician husband's most recent scandal. As snow threatens to descend upon the Alps, the women have come to bring their mother home.

But the sisters are at the point of surrender; it is time for them to return to Paris. Buoyed by wine and inspired by their beauty, Jim impetuously volunteers to assume their search, but soon realizes that he is in over his head. The Alps are filled with beauty and danger, not the least of which is Calliope's desire to stay hidden. And all the while Jim finds himself haunted by the memory of her daughters and conflicted in his desire for them.

The Runaway Wife is a story of adventure, survival, and romance--and of a man's discovery of a world outside his conventional life and a new vision of himself within it.

Publisher: Harpercollins,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780062431776
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda


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Aug 15, 2016

I felt like I was reading a modern interpretation of The Odyssey. Jim Olsen was Odysseus while Calliope Castallane was Calypso with barn owls as the sirens. Jim is in the French Alps taking a hiking holiday when he is approached by three young women who want him to bring their mother home to Paris. Seizing (or entranced into) this opportunity, Jim leaves his friend Ambrose to search for Calliope. Many adventures, most against the Alpine elements, ensue before Jim finally brings Calliope to her husband's trackers. This short novel would make an excellent movie with its Alpine setting, varied characters, and many tests during the journey.


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