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Runaway Grandma
     

Runaway Grandma

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by Ann McCauley
 

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Retired widow, Olivia Hampton, age 70, meticulously plans a new future. After faking her suicide, she moves on with a new identity and begins a new life. A haunting tale...can a person ever really escape from the past and start over?

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Retired widow, Olivia Hampton, age 70, meticulously plans a new future. After faking her suicide, she moves on with a new identity and begins a new life. A haunting tale...can a person ever really escape from the past and start over?

Editorial Reviews

John Weaver
Runaway Grandma is a well written and interesting book about a woman who decides to start her life anew at 70. Olivia is a widowed retired teacher, whose adult children have no interest in her as a person, but only rather for her financial assets. Tired of being ignored, demeaned, and used, Olivia fakes her suicide and takes off for parts unknown. This is a story filled with memorable characters, laughter and tears.
James A. Cox
Something many elders fear as they age - that their children will begin to take advantage of them for their money before they buy the proverbial farm. "Runaway Grandma" is one grandmother's way of dealing with it - by faking her own death. She attempts to settle in another state entirely, but the past has a habit of sneaking up on people causing trouble. Highly recommended to any elderly reader who may be experiencing the same problems as this titular grandmother, and for community libraries.
Karen J. Gause
Fearful that her adult children intend to take control of her life and finances, Olivia Hampton takes drastic measures to insure that she is the one in charge of her own destiny. Runaway Grandma is the story of Olivia's journey; with its highs, lows and how her decision impacts the lives of others, both the family and friends she left behind as well as her new friends. You cannot help but be drawn into the story of this warm, brave woman who makes a brand new life for herself at the age of 70.
Linda Underhill
Ann McCauley's new novel, Runaway Grandma will make you laugh and cry. One thing is certain - you will not be able to put it down. Widowed Olivia Hampton tries to escape from the demands of her scheming children and find some well-deserved freedom, but life has a funny way of refusing to let her be. If you've ever wanted to runaway yourself, escape into the pages of Runaway Grandma. This novel's memorable characters, witty dialogue and unexpected plot twists will make you glad you did.
Wilma Frana
Olivia feels that her son will try to have her declared incompetent and take control of her assets, so she carefully devises a plan to disappear. She ends up living in a different part of the country where she meets an older gentleman and they become great friends. This book reveals an unusual solution to a family problem. I highly recommend Runaway Grandma. RATING: 4 Flames - *Rare Find*

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014395014
Publisher:
CB Publishing
Publication date:
11/07/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
210
File size:
275 KB

Meet the Author

Ann worked as a freelance writer for local newspapers, Christian periodicals and Nursing Journals while working as an RN. She has authored two novels, MOTHER LOVE and RUNAWAY GRANDMA.

MOTHER LOVE received the Reviewer's Choice Award in 2005. RUNAWAY GRANDMA was nominated for Book of the Year in Women's Issues in 2008. Her third novel, IT HAPPENED ON WILLOW LANE will be released in 2011.

Ann enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys gardening and traveling with her husband.

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Runaway Grandma 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Runaway Grandma provides an example of the "escape phantasy" many of us sometimes conjure up while watching waves at the beach. But, soon the characters become very real and their interactions and concerns are deeply shared by the reader. It is a most enjoyable reading experience.
TMF09 More than 1 year ago
Grandmother Olivia is tired of being taken for granted, and worried that her son will declare her incompetent to take charge of her assets. Loving her kids, but having no desire to live in a nursing home or otherwise lose her independence and personhood, she takes off for parts un known to find a new life for herself. Settling in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, Olivia finds new friends, and a rich, life full of challenges, and many rewards. For anyone who wondered if Huck and Jim were the only ones allowed on the raft, Olivia shows that it is never too late to light out for the territories. A good read, about a brave woman looking out for herself after a lifetime of looking out for others.
BarBow More than 1 year ago
Runaway Grandma by Ann McCauley is a delightful read. If you are widowed and have children who are scheming to change your life, this is a must read. At times, everyone feels like running away. Olivia Hampton was brave enough to form a plan of action that she was able to carry out. Leaving your family behind to start your life all over again is most difficult! There are many interesting turns in this book. With tears and laughter, read and enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book, as did our book club. Our heroine may have been older, but she wasn't dead!!!! She had always been independent and felt useful to her family and to her community. She inherited some money which was looking good to her son.....and soon her children began to try to make decisions for her. She ran away but you probably figured that out from the title.... and using some very interesting techniques created a whole new persona..... It could have really happened. This is a good book and makes a good starting place for book discussions to talk about women’s issues....from the aging standpoint.
BookloverWF More than 1 year ago
Olivia feels that her son will try to have her declared incompetent and take control of her assets, so she carefully devises a plan to disappear. She ends up living in a different part of the country where she meets an older gentleman and they become great friends. This book reveals an unusual solution to a family problem. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a well written and interesting book about a woman who decides to start anew at 70. Rather than having to fight her adult children, who are selfish and more interested in her fortune than her, Olivia decides to reinvent herself elsewhere. Her journey is filled with memorable characters, laughter and tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Runaway Grandma was a wonderful read! This book explains the reality of life and how sometimes things don't turn out the way you had expected. Too often we hear stories about how love, loss and greed can morph loved ones into strangers. This story shows how brave Olivia was in her ability to take the hand that life had played her and turn it into something meaningful for herself. No, it is not a funny read as some may have expected but it is indeed an interesting perspective on how quickly your life can change. Well done Ann, well done.
LostPhoebe More than 1 year ago
Not the fun read I expected. So happy to see a story line for my age group only to find life lessons shoved down my throat. Really? Is there a test?