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The Runaway Wife

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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 fiancee, 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.


Praise for this book

"Scales the peaks of human adventure and plumbs the depths of the human heart." - Ellen Feldman

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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : USA Paperback

Title: The Runaway Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Birkelund
ISBN: 0-06-243175-7 / 978-0-06-243175-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
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