The Runaway Wife

After losing both his high-power finance job and his fiancée, American hiker Jim Olsen agrees to help three enchanting French sisters search for their mother, Calliope Castellane, in the Swiss Alps.  As snow threatens, he soon realizes that he is in over his head. The Alps are filled with danger -- not the least of which is Calliope’s desire to remain hidden, escaping the shackles of a turbulent marriage and high society’s trappings.  As Jim ventures deeper into the mountains and further beyond the limits of his conventional life, his quest to find Calliope and deliver her safely to her family soon becomes a quest to find...himself.

My Review

First off let me start by saying this book is a very quick read. It is light, airy and a little magical (kind of like a fairy tale or dream). The beautiful backdrop location of the Alps lent a nice place for this story and helped to add to the magic. It was like I was there with Jim and Calliope. So glad that their relationship was strictly friendship and nothing more. Although I never really felt the strong vibe that Jim got from the Castellane sisters. Yes, their beauty was grand but they really never helped the story or Jim and Calliope's time together. Speaking of Jim, I wished that he had let go a little more and embrace the moments that he was living at the time. I could see where this story was leading. I will always remember Calliope as she was in the Alps living as a "free winter fairy".
Elizabeth Birkelund is author of the novels The Dressmaker (Henry Holt & Co., 2006) and The Runaway Wife (Harper Collins, July 2016). Formerly the “Money Talk” columnist at Cosmopolitan, Elizabeth worked as a freelance magazine journalist, writing at such outlets as Self, Glamour and Working Woman, among others. She currently serves as a trustee on the boards of the National Humanities Center and the Center for Fiction in New York. Elizabeth is a graduate of Brown University. She has four adult sons and lives in New York City, where she is busy working on her next novel, an espionage romance.


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