Book Review: The Run Away by Claire Wong {Kregel Book Tour}

Most teenagers feel like running away at some point.  They think their parents are too restrictive or they’re unhappy at home or school.  While most teens feel like this, very few actually run away.

In Claire Wong’s new book, The Run Away, Rhiannon lives in a small village.  She’s been raised by her aunt for the last ten years because her mother died in a car accident.  However, Rhiannon feels unhappy and unappreciated, and her aunt, who is very concerned with image and her public appearance, has very little sympathy for Rhiannon.

Rhiannon runs away and makes her home in the Dyrys Woods.  She thinks someone will find her; she half hopes that they will, but they don’t.  Instead, Rhiannon lives for months in the woods, making a house, learning to find food, and befriending a large, injured bird.

Meanwhile, in the village, after a brief search, hope is given up for Rhiannon.  Many think she may be dead.  And then two strangers, Adam and Grace, appear one day in the guise of doing research for Grace’s Ph.D.  However, there is a deeper motive as their father used to live in the village, but he never came back to visit during their lifetimes.

When they meet the elderly self-professed town historian, Maebh, they learn why their father never visited the village again.  He, too, escaped to the woods and ran away.  Adam and Grace befriend Rhiannon and set in motion the desire to bring peace to the village and to help its current runaway, Rhiannon.

I enjoyed this book.  I loved the mystical setting and the mood of the story.  So many of us want to run away and not face what we’ve done or the people that we live with, but this book shows us that that course of action is very rarely the best one.  Amends must be made and hurts must be discussed.  This book will be appreciated by any one who at some point wishes they could run away.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

Note: I received this book from Kregel Publications in routine for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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