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The Getaway Girls: A hilarious feel good summer read about second chances
by Dee MacDonald

Published: 2018-08-02
Paperback : 340 pages
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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 ...

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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 different women all agree it’s about time they had a holiday to remember.

So they make a pact for this summer to be their best yet - and drive off into the sunset together…

As they meander their way along the beautiful beaches of France and onto the glorious delights of Italy in their luxury campervan, the new friends have plenty of fun and frolics in the sunshine. But the vacation isn’t quite what they expected…

Gill will do anything to have one last holiday romance, Connie has a surprise inheritance awaiting her in Italy, and Maggie has a secret that is going to catch up with them all…

In the end, all three women discover that the journey they thought would be their last really is just the beginning…

From the bestselling author of The Runaway Wife, The Getaway Girls is a laugh-out-loud, life-affirming journey of friendship, romance and living life to the full. If you loved The Kicking the Bucket List and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry this book is for you.

What readers are saying about Dee MacDonald:

Hilarious! I loved every page… ' Dawn at Crooks on Books

OMG! … It made me howl with laughter and it made me sob my heart out … I absolutely adored every single step … had my jaw dropping!! … one of my favourite books of the year.My Chestnut Reading Tree, 5 stars

Wonderful … my heart at times felt like it was going to burst … one of the loveliest books I have read this year ... A heartfelt and engaging read that I never wanted to end. Highly recommended.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

Wonderful… made me laugh and cry and laugh again … genius! ... It was a joy … I absolutely loved the ending.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘What a wonderful inspirational and fun story this has been to get lost in … I literally giggled and tittered … Highly recommended, a light and lovely read with some punch in the air moments.’ Books from Dusk Til Dawn, 5 stars

‘Had me laughing out loud, getting emotional and taking the main character to heart … this book is really wonderfulif I could give this book more than five stars, I would.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A warm, funny, brilliant read! I love the warmth and humour that jumps from the page. Connie is proof that you’re never too old to have an adventure! I LOVED the ending!!!!’ Sue Watson

‘I was laughing out loud… totally did not see the ending coming! WOWSERS! 5 stars for me!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A funny romantic comedy… a book about love, friends, family and self-discovery. There were moments where you would laugh out loud, and then it would have you crying into a tissue… really emotional and tugged at the heart strings! A fun, life-affirming read!Stardust Book Reviews

A breath of fresh air! Wry and sharply observed, I was rooting for Connie the moment I met her. Fabulous!’ Kat French

Once you start reading you can't stop…’ Goodreads Reviewer

I LOVED Connie… she was hilarious, thought provoking, at times sad and insightful and I enjoyed every aspect of her and her travels. 5 stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

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Where would you like to travel to?
Which of your friends could you spend that much time with in such close quarters?
Have you ever thought about "pulling a Connie" and leaving your current life behind?
by aksimmo (see profile) 03/22/23

would you be able to take off on a big adventure with 2 women you hardly know?
Was Maggie right to take the money, should she have told the women in the beginning? what would you do?
Did all 3 women find what they were searching for in the end?
by cmassie (see profile) 07/11/20

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by connie w. (see profile) 08/17/23

  "The Getaway Girls"by Angie S. (see profile) 03/22/23

A fun romp across France and Italy with 3 women over the age of 70. A discovery of themselves and each of them starting their lives anew.

by Merry H. (see profile) 12/09/22

by Melissa R. (see profile) 07/30/22

by Jennie B. (see profile) 07/27/22

I liked it. A good light summer read

by Fiona W. (see profile) 05/25/22

  "Fun Read"by cindy m. (see profile) 07/11/20

After two tough reads we were looking for a fun summer book and this book fit the bill perfectly. It was not all fluff there was some twists and adventure to keep you wanting more!

  "A refreshing and delightful read"by Leanne P. (see profile) 10/02/19

Connie, Gill and Maggie were thoughtfully developed and relatable. The people they encountered were just like types of people we have met somewhere or other along the way, which makes the story very enjoyable.... (read more)

by amy b. (see profile) 08/30/19

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