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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Runaway Bride by Mary Jayne Baker - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Kitty's wedding is a complete disaster. Instead of having a blissful day with her new husband Kitty flees her own party. She's in her wedding dress and doesn't have a phone or money. Hitchhiking seems to be the only way forward. Fortunately she meets Jack, a children's book illustrator and author, who lives in his retro campervan. Kitty has nowhere to go, so Jack takes her in and looks after her while she's trying to get over her heartbreak.

Jack has problems of his own. He's a widower suffering from immense guilt about his late wife's death. He's still grieving, but Kitty's presence seems to do him good. It's easier for them to face their problems together, they're both running away from something and sharing their hurt helps them to get through it. While their friendship slowly turns into something more, it's obvious they both aren't ready to deal with a new relationship. Will they figure out a way to make things work between them or will they both go through another awful loss instead?

 Runaway Bride is a great heartwarming story. Kitty isn't used to doing what she wants and being free for the first time is a revelation. She has to find out who she is without any added pressure and I loved her personal journey. While traveling together with Jack she discovers her fierce side and I liked that a lot. Jack is a kind and caring man with plenty of baggage. He's always there for others, but he also needs someone to look after him and I loved how Kitty slowly breaks down his walls. They're perfect for each other, but they don't have an easy start. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out if they'd find the happiness they both very much deserve.

Mary Jayne Baker has a wonderful feelgood writing style. I love her sense of humor. Her stories are fun, but they also have a lot of depth, which is a great combination. Runaway Bride captivated me from the beginning. I loved every single page of this creative love story. I really enjoyed the abundance of unexpected twists and turns and I was spellbound by the setting, an orange VW campervan. Mary Jayne Baker made the enchantment complete with a couple of super cute dogs that are a joy to read about. Runaway Bride is an amazing story and I highly recommend this true gem of a book.

Advice

If you love romantic journeys filled with humor, depth and love you don't want to miss Runaway Bride.

About Mary Jayne Baker


Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she's still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature in 2003, she dallied with living in cities including London, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales.

She lives with him in a little house with four little cats and a little rabbit, writing stories about girls with flaws and the men who love them. You can usually find her there with either a pen, some knitting needles or a glass of wine in hand. She goes to work every day as a graphic designer for a magazine publisher, but secretly dreams of being a lighthouse keeper.

Mary Jayne Baker is a pen name for an international woman of mystery…

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Giveaway


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Runaway Bride by Mary Jayne Baker and a stunning Swarovski crystal bracelet.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

58 comments:

  1. Exciting! Love Mary Jane she has a beautiful style of writing. I really enjoyed reading Meet me at the lighthouse. Looking forward to read this book.

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  2. I'm not surprised Mary Jayne continues to live in West Yorkshire. It's a stunning part of the world.

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  3. Thanks sounds like another awesome book

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  4. Great giveaway. Would love to read

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  5. Sounds like a good read! Thank you so much for this great giveaway :-)

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  6. This sounds like such a cute read! I love the cover!

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  7. Would love to win this book for my Mum who reads a lot.

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  8. Great review, thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. this sounds wonderful - great review
    jan

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  10. Ooh this is super interesting, especially since school is so boring

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  11. Thank you for the giveaway! I would like to read this book.

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  12. Sounds like a great read. Love the cover!

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  13. This sounds like a fun read!

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  14. just what I'm looking to read atm!

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  15. I enjoyed the excerpt and think I would really like this book.

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  16. Runaway Bride sounds like a heartwarming, poignant and humorous story of self discovery and finding happiness.

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  17. This sounds like a great book! I love romantic comedies, in movies and books! On my list!!!

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  18. I love books like this, heartwarming and fun at the same time.

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  19. Sounds like a great read! Love the chance encounter that leads to love...hope they have a happy ending!

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  20. Sounds like a great read - love the cover

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  21. Looks a fab book I would love to read it.

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  22. Fab book would love to win

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  23. I would love to win this book, it looks and sounds great! :)

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  24. I'm in love with the title. I'm so excited to read it.

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  25. Love a good read so fingers crossed I win. 😊

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  26. This book looks so appealing.. and the cover is wonderful.....

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  27. Fab book would love to win

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  28. Thank you for the chance to win!!

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  29. Love the book cover! This sounds like a really fun read!!!

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  30. I love a good read and am always looking for recommendations.

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  31. This sounds a really good book

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  32. I have to, have to, have to read this book!

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  33. Looks a lovely summer read.

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  34. Looking forward to reading this book so much.

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  35. Great review,I would like to read this book.XXX

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  36. would love to read looks really eye catching cover

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  37. This book sounds really great, just the thing I enjoy reading.

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  38. Oh this sounds like such a wonderful heartwarming book! I cannot wait to read. I love that he writes childrens books!

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  39. Thanks for the great prize and competition! Good luck everyone.

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  40. This sounds a great. I've always wanted a camper so I can just take off when the mood gets me. My dream is to do a road trip in America with one of their huge SUV's.

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  41. I would love to RUNAWAY with this great book. Thanks xxx (Ruth Wollerton)

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  42. Love the cover and the story sounds wonderful!

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  43. My friend has just introduced me to your novels, I'm just about to start reading Runaway Bride

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  44. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Runaway Bride. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

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  45. Mary Jayne Baker, I'm your big fan. Keep up the great work!!!

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