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 wonderful … if I could give this book more than five stars, I would…
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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-arranging course for a while but decided that she needed a change and to get away for a while, especially after discovering that she has an inheritance waiting for her from a relative she never knew about in Italy. Rather than fly to Italy she decides to buy a Motorhome and drive there. Two of her pupils from the flower-arranging course is intrigued by her decision and decide that they would love to join her. She doesn’t know them very well, more acquaintances than friends, but she agrees to let them go on the adventure with her. Maggie has had enough of her ‘boyfriend’ Ringer. He’s been in and out of prison for the last 40 years he’s been in her life and now he’s been spotted with another woman. Gill is still trying to live in the past with her beehive hair and dressing like it is still 1960. With a big birthday on the horizon (70th, though she tells everyone it’s her 60th), she doesn’t want to be at home and have a massive party. The three women set off crossing through France first, seeing all the famous landmarks before heading into Italy. However, Maggie has come on the journey with a bag full of cash, telling the girls she won £100k on a scratch card. More like she found the bag full of money in her oven after Ringer pulled off a bank job. He’s now on their tail, after the money and the girls. Can the women make it to their destination safely? What is the inheritance that is waiting for Connie? The Getaway Girls is a fun, energetic novel about three older women embracing their lives and having a jolly good time on a road trip to Italy. The three women don’t know one another very well when they set off, so over the course of their journey secrets are revealed alongside petty arguments. Dee MacDonald has described France and Italy perfectly. From the views of the Eiffel Tower to the smells from the field of Lavender. If you have never been to either of these countries you are in for a real treat as by the end of the book you will feel that you have explored them both. This light-hearted book was a real pleasure to read. I picked it up whenever I had a few minutes spare and didn’t want to put it down again. I’ve always wanted to go travelling in a Motor home hopefully, one day in the future. These three women have made me realise that you can go travelling at any age, as age is just a number.