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The Getaway Girls

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  933 ratings  ·  124 reviews
One morning, Connie McColl wakes up and decides to swap her ordinary life, for an extraordinary adventure…

Connie McColl is finally free to make her own decisions for the first time in decades. And when she meets glamorous Gill and downtrodden Maggie, at a rather dull flower arranging class, it seems that she’s not the only one dreaming of adventure. The three very differ
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published July 30th 2018 by Bookouture
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Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Fabulously FUN Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

🎵 and we’ll have fun, fun, fun, till the grandkids take the RV away!🎵

This was such a delightful and fun book from first page to last! This is the follow-up to “ The Runaway Wife “ an equally delightful book, however it can absolutely 100% be read as a standalone.... and I strongly encourage you to pick both of these books up! Filled with so much fun and fabulous characters and the best part these characters are pushing 70.... whether you are 20 or 69 or older, it is j
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

I needed a break from dark, psychological thrillers. And this book billed itself as a “hilarious feel-good summer read”. First off, the publishers set themselves up because it’s not hilarious. I’d call it mildly amusing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a sweet book, but I was lead to expect something else.

Three gals in their late sixties decide to head off on a road trip to Italy. One of them has a darker secret than the others, which puts them all at risk. As I am not much younger than them, I found
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
First let me start off by saying kudos to the author for writing a follow up book that can easily be read by anyone. I had no idea going into The Getaway Girls by Dee MacDonald that Connie is the lead character from the authors first book, The Runaway Wife, and this is a continuation of her story. I actually didn’t find this out until I was finished reading and hit the about section when the story was done but I loved every minute of this one and never felt as if I missed something somewhere.

Whispering Stories
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Firstly, I need to mention that this book is the follow-up book to ‘The Runaway Wife’. I hadn’t realised it was until someone else pointed it out to me and that was when I was over half-way through. At no point in time did I ever feel that I didn’t understand the story perfectly. This book works well as a stand-alone if anything it has made me want to read the first book to see where Connie’s Story starts.

Connie had been running a flower-arrang
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
This was a great book! Who would have thought a bunch of ladies taking off to Europe in a caravan would be so much fun!

Connie discovers that she may have some family over in Italy and is feeling like she needs a sea change so decides to buys a caravan and manages to enlist two acquaintances to travel with her to Europe.  Soon these three women who are all after retiring age, find themselves having the adventure of their lives! Add some romance, humour and a bit of cash from a bank heist and you
Melissa Rose
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
And so, my Summer reading continues with The Getaway Girls by Dee MacDonald, and boy was it a fun read.

Right out of the gate we are introduced to the three main characters, Connie, Maggie, and Gill; who, as readers will notice, are all mature woman. Now, I don’t know about you, but I loved the fact that these adventurous protagonists were all of advanced age, it is so rare to find in literature these days; it serves as a reminder that enjoying life and new experiences aren't limited to one's 20'
Kathy K.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three different women in their 60's head out on a road trip from the UK thru France and Italy in a motor home. Each has their own reasons for running away from and indefinite end as to what they will eventually end up running towards. The three become good friends after starting out as little more than acquaintances. Beautiful imagery of the scenery and food. Was a little slow going and monotonous at about 60% thru, but then it picked up again. Each lady ended up with their own particular happil ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I first met Connie in The Runaway Wife and absolutely loved her character so was so excited when I realised there was another book featuring her. You don't have to have read The Runaway Wife to enjoy this one as it works perfectly well as a stand alone but as it's a fabulous book I would urge you to read it also.

Through Connie and her friends we realise that life doesn't end when you reach a certain age. If anything, for some, it's just beginning. Connie, Gill and Maggie are three quite differen
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Three years after events from the previous book, The Runaway Wife, Connie is starting to feel a little restless. Time for another adventure then. So when she finds a box that seems to show her paternal grandmother originally came from Italy, Connie decides that’s where she will go.

Joining her on her road trip are two ladies she met in a flower arranging class, Maggie and Gill. These two couldn’t be more different if they tried. Gill is lonely and desperate for a new man after two failed marriage
Tiffany PSquared
"[Connie] should never have set off on this trip with two women she scarcely knew. She must have taken leave of her senses."

Connie McColl isn't new to spontaneous road trips. Dee MacDonald first documented Connie's first impulsive journey from England to Scotland in her book The Runaway Wife. Now Connie is on the road again, but this time she has two more passengers, a bulky motorhome, and dreams of finding extended family in a little town in Italy. On top of that, seventy-year-old Connie and he
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
You are never to old to have fun or to change course ...

I have not read the first book, but I did not have any problems picking up the story in this one. They can easily be seen as stand alones, but I have to admit this one makes you want to read the other one as well.

The author takes us on a lovely trip through France and Italy. She has written the story in a way that, at the end of the book, you feel like doing the exact same journey.

It's a beautiful story about three women who, not only get
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Getaway Girls by Dee MacDonald was an absolute hoot! This book was filled with a crazy cast of characters with all sorts of quirks and flaws that all blended so well together to make their journey one they, and I, won't soon forget.

The Getaway Girls follows Connie, Maggie and Gill as they all try to escape their past and present circumstances by taking a motor home trip to Italy - with some bonus cash they weren't expecting. Through their journey they all learn more about themselves and what
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's not even fluff.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun to listen to. A bit cheesy and predictable but a nice break from my usual Historical Fiction. If you are looking for a quick and somewhat funny story, you might want to check this out.
Susan Hampson
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having read The Runaway Wife already I was more than eager to see what Connie would get up to again in this adventure. Connie is a mature lady that took a chance to find herself instead of just being someone’s mum and wife and she came alive, now a couple of years down the road she is ready to venture a little further. Connie decides to go in search of long-lost relatives in Italy but she doesn’t do things by halves, oh no, she wants to drive there.
Connie mentions the her trip to a couple of acq
Monica Mac
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is the follow-up to The Runaway Wife but can easily be read as a standalone too.

Connie is up for some adventure, and Gill and Maggie come along for the ride. All of them are in dire need of a change of scenery and driving through France and Italy is definitely a big change from their normal lives. Along the way, they meet interesting people (and some annoying ones!) and discover that despite their very different personalities, they get along very well and they have each other's backs,
Jayasree B
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kindle-lib
An amazing read!
This book is yet another proof to show how age is just a number. Gill, Maggie, and Connie are on a road trip and we are tagged along with them. As they seek new adventures and fall in love and escape a relationship, we are with them every step of the way.
An absolutely delightful book, go read!

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Chris Sutton
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Harmless, easy and amusing bed-time reading. Predictable outcomes but nice 'feel good' factor about them nonetheless. As with the 'Runaway Wife', the 'scrapes' they get in to stretch the bounds of fiction especially for them all to happen in one trip! Left open for a sequel which I would read.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Enjoyable read...makes you want to get a couple of friends and take a road trip around the Mediterranean
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Connie was back along with her need for adventure. My second book by author Dee MacDonald, had me reading about the travels of Connie in a motor home along with acquaintances-turned-friends, Maggie and Gill.

The story had the girls going on a journey from UK to Italy, in search of Connie's roots, with scenic stops on the way. It was lovely to see three women who were nearly 70 enjoy driving the camper and taking life as it came. The men whom they met along the way, brought in their flavors: lust,
Cathy Ryan
After reading The Runaway Wife, I was looking forward to Connie McColl’s next adventure very much. And I wasn’t disappointed. Connie is beginning to get itchy feet. Having been single again for almost three years, living in her daughter’s London apartment, Connie feels cut off from friends and family. The need for adventure beckons. Fate intervenes when Connie begins researching her family. Following the death of her aunt, a box containing old papers, letters and a marriage certificate was f
Joanne Robertson
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Runaway Wife has been one of my favourite books of the year so I was desperate to meet the wonderful character of Connie again and all my wishes came true when I got a copy of The Getaway Girls. This is the follow on to The Runaway Wife but set a couple of years later and involves a new set of friends for Connie who join her on her next adventure.

Connie is such a heroine of mine! After she decided to up and leave her demanding family and her “happy to golf in retirement” husband to go and fi
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Readers of Dee MacDonald's Runaway Wife met Connie McColl and the new adventures she added to her life. Well, it is about time for more change and her ordinary life is about to become extraordinary. Previously, she divorced her husband of forty-one years. Lately, Connie has been giving flower-arrangement lessons and, quite truthfully, was becoming quite bored. As it seems, Connie has discovered "The Box", a box which c
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

So I laughed at ‘The Runaway Wife’ where Connie gets fed up of dishing up dinners and babysitting her grand kids and goes off on an adventure in her car up to Scotland and I laughed at this, the follow up...Connie, having left her hubby of 41 years on her return from her adventure, is living in London and running a flower craft she meets 2 characters Gill and Maggie and she decides to buy a luxury motorhome ( Bella ) and go on a trip to Italy to find long lost relatives.... against
Claire Mc Partlin
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure where Dee McDonald was going to go with Connie, her main character from the previous book, The Runaway Wife, but if anything I enjoyed this book even more than the first as it incorporated two great sidekick characters, Maggie and Gill, who together with Connie drove across Europe in Belle, Connie's newly acquired camper-van, to see if Connie could find out anything about Italian relatives she had just found out she had.

The three characters were so different and didn't even know ea
Sarah McBee Conner
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ipad
What a fun book this was. These three very different ladies above that certain age take off on an adventure and quest across France and down into a Italy. They were very different but adjusted to each other and grew to love each other. The adventure was full of beauty, romance, mystery and even danger. Easy fun read.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me a little time to get into this one, but it was a quick, fun read.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Thelma and Louise meets The Golden Girls!

Recently, I have read A Woman Is No Man (cycles of oppression and domestic abuse in the Palestinian culture), Ribbons of Scarlet (the guillotine working overtime during the French Revolution), and
The Romanov Empress (bejeweled tiaras –and it still doesn’t end well for the Czar and family)

The Getaway Girls pick was a pleasant chaser after all the seriousness of the topics above. If you need a break from heavy, dark subjects- you could give Getaway Girls
Karen Chamberz
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a quick read loved the story about 3 elderly women who takes off on an adventure and leaving children an husbands behind finds themselves friendship fun that they have missed out on i felt like i was in italy right along with them couldnt put it down
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second of Dee’s books that I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. I thought that the first one ‘The Runaway Wife’ was good but ‘The Getaway Girls’ blows ‘The Runaway Wife’ out of the water. I loved, no make that adored reading ‘The Getaway Girls’ but more about that in a bit.
I loved all three of the main female characters, who all meet at a flower arranging class run by Connie, but I had a definite soft spot for Maggie. She is a breast cancer survivor who has had a mastect
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The Runaway Wife is Dee’s first (published) novel but in fact she wrote her very first book – at around seven years of age! This was a love story which she duly illustrated before sewing all the pages together up one side. Writing was what she ‘was good at’ in school and she won several essay competitions, but then life got in the way and she didn’t pick up a pen again until after retirement.

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