Title: The Runaway Year
Author: Shani Struthers
Release date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
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Dumped by her hotshot boyfriend and boss, Layla Lewis quits her job and heads to Trecastle to house-sit for a friend. Trecastle isn’t new to her; it’s a place where she holidayed regularly with her now-estranged mother. It’s also the home of Hannah McKenzie,her childhood friend. Hannah has tempted her with a place to live and a job in the local pub. Needing time to nurse her battered heart and escape her "real life" for a year, Layla accepts.
Hannah is a talented artist as well as a barmaid. She lives in the village center with her boyfriend Jim, a singer in a local band. They are happy together, or as happy they can be, considering. Hannah loves Jim, but there is someone she loves more: her old boyfriend Joseph Scott, who is also Jim’s best friend and soon to be Layla’s neighbor.
Meanwhile, Layla's fiery yet loyal friend Penny seeks revenge on her behalf, sending a forged email that could damage her ex's business prospects. Penny wonders if she has gone too far but is soon preoccupied with her own problems: the sizzle has fizzled in her marriage, and she feels neglected. After getting frisky with Dylan one night, she confesses all to her husband—and he’s been like ice ever since.
Over the course of a year, there is laughter and heartache as all three endeavor to reign in their love lives—discovering you can run all you like, but you just can’t hide.
5 of 5 Runaway Year
The Runaway Year is a superb read! I mean it is chick lit at it's best. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. I could relate to one of the characters and I needed to know what she did and how she handled the problem. Let's face it as adults we make some bad decisions in life and sometimes we hurt people and people hurt us. Relationships come and go and when we learn to open ourselves to the right guy we can see how truly happy we can be and deserve to be. This book is about three women who find themselves at different places in their lives and the journey that brought them there.
We first meet Layla who is dumped by her boyfriend who is also her boss for the new intern. Pissed off and hurt Layla quits her job and takes up her friends offer to house sit.In Trecastle in North Cornwall. She is not really excited but she is ready for a change. When she gets there her best friend makes sure she has a job and a place to stay. As she is going from day to day she finds herself attracted to Joseph. Joseph is determined to win her heart over and show her that not all men are scum. But will Layla open her heart again?
Then we meet my girl Hannah. I loved Hannah because she is in a wonderful relationship with Jim. He is the man every woman dreams of. He is loving and caring and he will give Hannah the world but Hannah loves someone else. She still loves her ex-boyfriend and she is trying desperately to get over him and every time she tries something brings her back to her fears. Will she give in to heart and let Jim love her like she needs to be loved?
Then we meet Penny who is in a loveless marriage. At first her marriage was great but then it fizzled out because her husband works himself to death. Penny starts flirting with Dylan and ends up kissing him. She feels guilty and tells her husband. Her husband is mad and hurt so he stops talking to her and freezes her out. Will her husband ever forgive her for her transgressions?
This is a must read for the summer!
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About the Author:
One of those rare creatures—a true Brightonian—Shani was born and bred in the sunny seaside town of Brighton on the UK’s south-coast. One of the first literary conundrums she had to deal with was her own name: Shani can be pronounced in a variety of ways, but in this instance, it’s Shay-nee not Shar-ney or Shan-ni, although she does indeed know a Shanni—just to confuse matters further!
Hobbies include reading, writing, eating, and drinking—all four of which keep her busy enough. After graduating from Sussex University with a degree in English and American Literature, Shani landed a job at a well-known holiday company. Although employed as a Brochure Production Executive, she promptly reinvented herself as a Copywriter, a new position they were happy (if a tad bewildered) to concede to.
At twenty-four, Shani became a freelance copywriter and has been one ever since, in-between writing novels, that is. Contemporary romance The Runaway Year is her first book and set between Brighton and North Cornwall, the latter a home-from-home for Shani, her husband, and three lovely kids.
She also has a penchant for Glastonbury, another magical place, and don’t even get her started on Scotland—we’d be here all day!
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(10) eBook copies of The Runaway Year - international
(1) Swag Bag includes
Postcards of places mentioned in TRY (can message and sign them?)
A coaster with Gull Rock on.
Brighton Rock (of course!!)
A beautiful polished shell from a Cornish gift shop (and hopefully from a Cornish beach too!!!)
Fairy dust (so you can make like the Smoke Fairies and sprinkle some magic into your life).
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