The Runaway - eBook
The Runaway - eBook  -     By: Claire Wong
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9781782642435
ISBN-13: 9781782642435

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Shortly before her eighteenth birthday, Rhiannon Morgan runs away from the remote Welsh village of Llandymna. Camping out in Dyrys Woods, she starts to make a new life for herself and she finds space for her active imagination to run wild. Weaving together the stories she loves and memories of her past, including the mother she lost thirteen years ago. Back in the village, Rhiannon's disappearance triggers a series of events that uncovers the cracks in Llandymna's quiet surface. Quick-tempered Callum finds himself reluctantly drawn into search parties, while a young police officer is forced to investigate his neighbours, and the village's elderly story-teller hints at a secret that the older generation have kept for decades...

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  1. Mark Evans
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting
    June 10, 2017
    Mark Evans
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Runaway.
    The Runaway is a story about a young lady named Rhiannon Morgan. Rhiannon felt like an outcast; she felt used, misunderstood, and unloved. As a result she decided to run away and test her ability to live on her own in the local forest. She fared pretty well (a bit unrealistic). None of the teenage girls that I know would do so well. Her decision to flee the local village was selfish, inconsiderate, and immature. However, it appears that by the end of the story her decision to run into the woods helped her to grow as a person and mature as a young adult. I'm not sure I appreciate that fact, because it was wrong for her to run away and she experiences little (if any) personal consequence (correction) for her selfish decision.

    During Rhiannons stay in the forest, the village is bubbling with other problems that involve many of the town people. The village has a bad history. Some secrets are revealed, fears relieved, and guilt dealt with. A major character of the story, a storyteller, intends to reconcile the people of the village in order to avoid repeating the same mistakes of the past. The conclusion of the book confused me. One character goes mad, and I never really understood why (possibly alcohol?). Nor was there any real closure about the character, his future was left unresolved and unfinished. Otherwise the characters were interesting and kept me engaged.

    I don't read much fiction. I am not sure if that reality affects my appreciation for this book, maybe. But Runaway falls very short of a personal favorite. Go read!

    In exchange for an honest review Kregel Publications provided me a copy of Runaway for a blog tour. I have written an honest review.
  2. Mrs ARS
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Small World
    June 9, 2017
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Runaway.
    The Runaway by Claire Wong starts off with Rhiannon, a 17 year old girl, in the midst of her decision to run away after yet another argument with her aunt Diane. As the story goes back and forth, we get Rhiannon's time in the woods, making up stories and withdrawing into her own little world, and then we get the viewpoint of the village of Llandymyna. Rhiannon's disappearance has shocked the whole town, not just her Aunt's. The village itself becomes a character as the appearance of a peaceful town slowly begins to crumble and a secret long held from the outside world begins to resurface. There are key characters like Maebh a kindly grandmotherly figure who tries to remind the town of the past through her stories and she is burdened by the town's secrecy and willingness to forget its past mistakes.

    Against this backdrop we have two outside strangers, a brother and a sister, who have come for answers and the secrets this town thought long buried and only known to them come back in startling clarity.

    This was a definitely a different read for me, it was a bit of a slower read. I did enjoy the autho's writing and how we really got a complete narrative with first person and third person points of view. There was a little bit of suspense, little bit coming of age story, and a little bit of coming to grips with the past. I liked visiting Wales where this story took place; the old world and fairytalesque atmosphere the author set her contemporary story in was interesting as well.

    I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
  3. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Second half of book is better
    June 5, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Runaway.
    I found the first half of this novel to be slow and uninteresting. I almost stopped reading. I'm glad I continued because the second half of the novel made it all worthwhile.

    The beginning of the novel is clear cut. A teen gets upset with phoniness of adults and runs away, hiding in the woods near her small Welsh village. We read of her survival skills and her thoughts. I found Rhiannon very immature to be nearly eighteen years old. I felt she acted more like she was thirteen. This part of the novel may be more exciting to youth readers but I found it uninteresting.

    A change in my reading interest happened when visitors arrived in the village. The arrival of these strangers with a hidden agenda forces the villagers to ultimately face a reality hidden for a generation.

    This is where the strength of the novel shines through and redeems the early part. We read of the heavy toll the villagers have carried because of the secrets of the past. We also see how Rhiannon and others grow when the events of the past clash with those of the present.

    I was pleased to find by the end of the novel that it is one of characters facing their demons and conquering them, although much pain and conflict was required. The potential for discussion on this topic is not reflected on the discussion questions included.

    I am unclear to whom I would recommend this novel. Young readers may like the character study of Rhiannon in the first half of the book. Older readers would benefit from the growth in the villagers in the latter half of the book.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through Kregel. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  4. Jill Stanish
    Midwest
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Slow moving & melancholy
    June 2, 2017
    Jill Stanish
    Midwest
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Runaway.
    Rhiannon is heading out of town. An orphan being raised by a widowed aunt, she has known her share of sorrow and struggles. An argument is alluded to but the reader never really does learn what precipitated her running away. I can appreciate suspense but to not fully explain it by the end of the book is rather unfair to the reader (things are hinted at but not fully explained). I have to say that was a little off putting to be thrown into the aftermath of something so monumental but be completely in the dark.

    Story development was rather slow with much detail about her leaving and how she sets up for herself in the woods. Book skips around between her location and the town she left. There is a search for her but it almost seems half-hearted and her disappearance doesn't seem to bother her guardian all that much which made me rather ill-disposed towards the aunt.

    Readers will get an interesting glimpse at village life and the ways in which people often repeat the failures of the past. One wise woman of the village does her best to impart wisdom but only a handful are willing to listen. The coincidental arrival of a brother and sister provides an interesting view of the village from an outsiders perspective. They added an interesting facet to the history of the village.

    Generational secrets and grudges have had their hold on the village and Rhiannon's escape may just be the shake-up needed to confront the mistakes and regrets of the past.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Runaway from Kregal Publications for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.
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