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The Runaway Wife

(Women at War #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  516 ratings  ·  27 reviews

Love, marriage, obsession, betrayal and treachery in 1920's London - a powerful and gritty saga perfect for fans of Kitty Neale, Josephine Cox and Rosie Goodwin.

The hedonism of London in the roaring 20's is a world away from Annabel Tarleton's ordinary country existence. Until a chance meeting with the charming Richard Hansen at a society ball changes her life for ever.

Kindle Edition, 430 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by Aria
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Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Runaway Wife by Rosie Clarke takes readers back in time to just before Christmas in 1929. Annabel Tarleton’s family lost most of their money in the recent stock market crash thanks to investments made by her deceased father. Annabel is expected by her mother to marry a well-to-do gentleman and take her place in society like her mother and generations of women before her. At a dance, Annabel encounters Richard Hansen. Richard is handsome, mysterious and has a bad boy reputation which attracts ...more
Kathy  E
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very good entertaining read, Annabel showed how women of her time in upper class society stood up to domestic abuse. She proved to be a very gritty brave lady. I was so glad that she got the right man in the end. I thought I recognised Jessie in the book as the Jessie in Rosie Clarke's Jessie’s Promise. The Runaway Wife is another well written book. I look forward to more books from Rosie Clarke, I have read all but one that one is to come which is A Wedding in Mulberry Lane. The Emma trilogy ...more
Curious Reader
This book is about domestic abuse. I couldn't stop myself from comparing this book with the other bodice ripper historical romance. No, this is not a bodice ripper. But the behavior of Richard at the start was so much like the heroes from bodice rippers. Then Richard showed his true colors. He abused Annabel. She had to run away. Richard is not a hero here, he is the villain. I was intrigued with Annabels life.

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest r
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
“The Runaway Wife” by Rosie Clarke is a story set in 1920’s London amidst the angst of The Great Depression. Annabelle Tarleton’s family desperately needs money to keep their estate soluble. The Tarleton matriarch is an unfeeling, selfish woman more enamored by her status in the gentry than in the happiness of her children. Annabelle’s brother Ben is expected to marry a bitchy woman for her money. Annabelle is being coerced into marrying an up and coming Member of Parliament…with lots of money. ...more
Grace J Reviewerlady
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good saga, as well as being rather fond of a ‘period’ read, and this one ticks all the boxes – and then some!

Set in the period between the two world wars, this is a tale which acknowledges the changes in Britain, and how difficult life was for young women whose mama’s were set in their ways and refused to move with the times. Far more important than happiness was what ‘society’ thought and woe betide any offspring who didn’t bow down to their parents’ wishes! The story centr
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
The Runaway Wife was a book which I was really looking forward to reading. Firstly because it’s written by Rosie Clarke who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors in the saga genre and secondly it was set in the 1920s and 1930s a period of history I love reading about for all the glitz and glamour. It’s a book which didn’t disappoint and was devoured in just a couple of days as I tend to get lost in Ms. Clarke’s writing.
Annabel and her family are feeling the pressure of money trouble
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The Runaway Wife is a dark coming of age story set in 1920's England. Annabelle has had a small existence under her mothers thumb, constantly pushed to marry and marry well. When she meets the handsome and wealthy Richard Fortescue at a ball, her life changes. Annabelle is pushed into a quick marriage, discovering that Richard is not what he seems. She experiences abuse at the hands of her new husband and is exposed to the seedy underbelly of London in the 1920's.

Meanwhile, her unsuitable forme
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
The Runaway Wife by Rosie Clarke attracted my attention because of the setting and time period. I enjoy historical fiction and the theme of marriage in books. The story is set in the 1920s. Readers are introduced to Annabel, a young single woman of what is was then known as ‘marriageable age’. Annabel’s mother is keen to have her get married soon and is specific to the fact that she needs a wealthy suitor. Richard seems to possess this attribute and is also described as being quite attractive. H ...more
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Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Spousal abuse is not a modern evil.

Annabel Tarleton is expected to marry money to save the fortune of her family, but she falls in love with an ordinary man. To help her family she agrees to stop seeing the love of her life. At a ball, she is put in an awkward position by charming Richard Fortescue. She agrees to marry him to save her reputation and her family.

Not long after their marriage, she realises she is married to a bully and rapist. It becomes imperative she must
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an e-ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story about a young English woman in the 1920s who is pressured by her mother and society to marry well in order to help provide for her family whose once proud estate is slowly crumbling due to some bad investments that her Dad made before he passed and the crash of the Stock Market.

She finds love while visiting a lovely Inn with a dear friend but alas things don't go as planned because Bel
Debbie Southwell
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read by Rosie Clarke (The first being A Wedding at Mulberry Lane which I loved) and although I enjoyed this one I found it a bit of a slow burner.

This is set in the 1920s and the main character is Annabel whose Mother wants her to find herself a rich Husband. Annabel does find a rich Husband, but he is also a monster, one who she needs to run away from.
I found the characters well described and loved the twist at the end in regards to Richard’s behaviour. I a
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
Belle is caught in a web of lies, deceit, trickery, and a yearning for love. Born to the priveleged class, both Belle and her twin brother are told they must marry for money as Belle’s dad lost everything in the stock market crash. Along comes Richard a man of cruel violence and ambition and conspires with Belle’s mom to force a marriage. But Belle really loves Paul, an independent business man. Married to one man who is vicious, loving another that Fate might not let her have, Belle finally dec ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Remember as you read this historical novel that Annabelle is an abused wife in the 1920s, when women did not have a lot of options- if they had any at all. It doesn't matter if one is at the top or the bottom of the socioeconomic scale. Richard is a truly rotten spouse. My quibble with this is the romance with Paul, who is an interesting character in his own right but it did seem a tad contrived. That didn't stop me, of course, from reading straight through this. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. ...more
mr robin tanner
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gripping story of love and heartache

I bought this book as I love the early 1900s but I got to know every character, every place as It was so well written, It became real to me. It was so gripping with it's twists and turns that I found that I couldn't put it down as I wanted to know how things were going to turn out for Annabelle.
I soon found out as I read it in two evening sessions!
Highly recommended and worth all of its five stars

Lady Fembo
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a page Turner

Wonderful story about the high class family that all they have is the name and pride. The husband died leaving very little to live on and the wife Lady Tartleton expects the children especially the two eldest who are twins Ben and Belle to Mary into money to help out with the running of the house. She will do anything to see to it that Belle gets married as soon as possible. Indeed she marries into money which unfortunately came with a big price to pay
Ingrid Rose
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Constantly anticipating

I loved the characters and the story, although I really hated Richard and kept waiting for when and how he was finally going to be stopped. I enjoyed the various roads travelled by the various characters and highly recommend tis boo.
Betty Hattan
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good book.....

I really enjoyed this book. u book. Liked the story as well as the story in the 20's being a particularly interesting period. You could not help but like the characters. I recommend this book
c m bolton
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Runaway wife

This book started off slowly but after the first chapter it flowed. Making the reader want more. I have really enjoyed reading this book. Keeping me in my toes until the very end. Thank you Rosie Clarke.
kim knott
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

Rosie never lets you down
Can't wait for the next book. .
Think I've read all the books Rosie has written
Yvonne Walton
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Bit of a slow start but once you got into it it was one you couldn’t put down. Not a ending that you would have expected.
Susan L Parker
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Compelling Story

Could not put it down, great story from beginning to end. Would live to read a follow on to see if Ben and Georgie finally get their happy ending
Julie reed
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I like to read books i can't put down as want to keep turning the page to see where it takes me
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book good lead on from the first one
Penny P Hammack
May 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not my thing - didn't finish.
Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the Publisher, Aria for this copy given in exchange for an honest review.   Also thank you to Melanie from Aria for organising the Blog Tour!

Based in 1920’s London at the time of the Great Depression, we meet Annabel Tarleton.  Her family are finding it difficult financially and are forced to make some difficult decisions to retain their country estate.  Annabel’s brother, Ben is expected to marry a woman he doesn’t want to, purely for money.  A
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