ISBN #: 978-1606721735
Page Count: 229
(Taken from Amazon)
Pretty, young Lori Becker is a nursing intern at a Queens hospital and is a battered wife. Professionally skilled, she is socially naive. Intimidated by her brutal husband, Lori lives in the fantasy world of romance mysteries, idolizing their handsome author, Ian Damion. A car accident sends Francine Ross, an unmarried, pregnant woman to the maternity ward where Lori works. The distraught man accompanying Francine is Ian Damion. Francine's full-term infant is delivered. Her casual liaison with Ian is over, and she grants him custody of his newborn son. Ian must return to Washington State. He needs a baby's nanny. Concealing her identity, Lori volunteers. This is her chance to escape from her husband. Lori matures, develops self-esteem and falls in love with Ian, but when he returns her love and proposes, Lori must confess that she's a married woman.
I was first drawn to review this book due to the focus on an abused woman. Being a domestic violence survivor, I read everything I can on this topic. Ms. Dmitriev paints a believable picture of what abuse looks like, along with the fear and desperation that drives an abused woman to escape. The main character, Lori, is a typical battered woman always fearful of her past coming back to haunt her. Her boss and love interest, Ian, is a man determined to escape his own past, and unwilling to let anyone close.
The plot is a bit contrived, with Lori happening upon a job as a nanny to the very man she romanticizes. Alongside this plot are several other sub-plots that weave together to end in a happily-ever-after smorgasbord. A romance story that's part mystery, part Cinderella tale. A quick, enjoyable story with many layers, albeit a tad predictable, Lori, Runaway Wife is an entertaining story with a message of hope and new beginnings. Ms. Dmitriev stresses the importance of having an education and life skills as a means of escaping abuse.