The Runaway Wife by Elizabeth Birkelund
A Novel

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A strange story that can’t transcend the weird improbabilities that propel it and the out-of-this-world behavior of the characters who populate it.
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Where’d You Go, Bernadette? meets Eat, Pray, Love.” —The Skimm

Three beautiful French sisters entrust an American hiker with the mission of rescuing their mother high in the Alps. 

But what if she doesn’t want to be found?

Recently fired from his high-power finance job and dumped by his fiancée, Jim Olsen has come to the Swiss Alps to clear his head. At the charming Cabane des Audannes, he meets Clio, Thalia and Helene Castellane, who are on a quest of their own: their mother, Calliope, has fled to these mountains to escape her philandering politician husband’s most recent scandal. As snow threatens to descend upon the Alps, the women have come to bring their mother home.

But the sisters are at the point of surrender; it is time for them to return to Paris. Buoyed by wine and inspired by their beauty, Jim impetuously volunteers to assume their search, but soon realizes that he is in over his head. The Alps are filled with beauty and danger, not the least of which is Calliope’s desire to stay hidden. And all the while Jim finds himself haunted by the memory of her daughters and conflicted in his desire for them.

The Runaway Wife is a story of adventure, survival, and romance—and of a man’s discovery of a world outside his conventional life and a new vision of himself within it.

 

About Elizabeth Birkelund

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Elizabeth Birkelund is the author of one other French-inspired novel, The Dressmaker, published under the name Elizabeth Oberbeck (she has since reverted to her maiden name). As a freelance magazine journalist, Elizabeth was the personal finance columnist for Cosmopolitan and wrote for over 15 years for Working Woman, Self, and Glamour, among other publications. She lives in New York City.
 
Published July 12, 2016 by Harper Paperbacks. 256 pages
Genres: Romance, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 22 2016

A strange story that can’t transcend the weird improbabilities that propel it and the out-of-this-world behavior of the characters who populate it.

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