A heart-warming novel about love and new beginnings, this is the perfect book for spring!

Here comes the bride… but how long can she hide?

When Kitty Clayton flees her wedding with no money, no bank card and no phone, her life seems worryingly futureless. All she knows is, she’d rather sleep on the streets than go back home to cheating Ethan.

After picking her up hitch-hiking, widowed children’s author Jack Duffy takes Kitty under his wing, looking out for her until she gets back on her feet. And it’s not long before the two grow close…

But with Jack struggling to recover from the guilt he feels over his wife’s death and Kitty refusing to face up to the problems she’s running away from at home, will the two ever manage to share a happily ever after?

This is the first I have read by Mary Jayne Baker, so I didn’t know what to expect from her writing or this book. I all knew when I first opened this book was that I really liked the sound of the story and that was enough for me to start to read it. It’s been a while since I read a contemporary/chick-lit and this has just made me fall in love with this genre all over again. This is funny and infused with real warmth, realism and wit.

The opening grabs your attention right from the first sentence, it makes you wonder why Kitty is running down a dirt track in her wedding dress? What has made her do such a thing and more importantly is it really wise of her to be hitch hiking when she is in such a distraught state? But she does – and good thing too as she meets cheeky go lucky, free spirit Jack Duffy, who is traveling around in a campervan with a pregnant dog. Jack helps her in more ways than she ever realises.

Kitty needs to run, she has found something out that has rocked her world and now she needs to get as far away as possible. Which is how she ends up hitch hiking in her wedding dress! She is alone, vulnerable without a plan as to what to do or where to go, when along comes Irishman Jack in his rickety campervan who gives her just the opportunity.

Widower Jack is a complex individual, he presents himself as a bit of a ‘Jack the lad’ as he travels around with nothing but his dog for company and writing children books to bring a bit of cash in. But, beneath all that Irish charm he is man that is hurting, he has got a lot of stuff going on in that handsome head of his – stuff that he refuses to deal with. Like Kitty, he is running away.

The chemistry between Kitty and Jack is light and fun when they first meet, he patiently listens when she wants to talk. They laugh and joke and immediately hit it off, and when things get serious and all their secrets come out they are supportive, protective and caring towards one and other.

This is such a sweet story of moving on, these two characters have each experienced some pretty awful things in their lives finding happiness and most of all love out of the ashes of life’s fire. This is written in first person, from Kitty’s point of view and even if your, not one to read this style I would say give it a go. Personally, I don’t care either way! If the story is strong well-articulated and extremely well written, Baker grabs your attention with her skilful words and her obvious passion for the story she has written. What I do like about first person narrative is that you are seeing the story unfold through that particular character’s eyes and this one really appealed to me Kit is a very ordinary woman. She’s starts off as a bit down on her luck, but’s she’s smart and savvy and once she figures out what direction she is going to go in, she goes for it.

I thoroughly enjoyed Runaway Bride, if you like the works of Lindsey Kelk, Jane Costello and Sophie Kinsella then you will love this book and this author, who I will definitely be reading again. Very enjoyable read!

Runaway Bride can be purchased at Amazon.

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