The Last Runaway

The Last Runaway

Large Print - 2013
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Forced to leave England and struggling with illness in the wake of a family tragedy, Quaker Honor Bright is forced to rely on strangers in the harsh landscape of 1850 Ohio and is compelled to join the Underground Railroad network to help runaway slaves escape to freedom.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2013
ISBN: 9781410454959
Characteristics: 447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Call Number: LT CHEVALIER, T


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Aug 31, 2020

Beautifully written with a fresh look at Ohio pioneers, especially the Friends. But the first 3-4 chapters are boring, until Honor gets involved with the runaways, then the story takes off. Thoroughly enjoyable from that point onward.

Dec 08, 2019

I loved this book! Now I want to read everything she's written. I liked the main character, and felt I knew her well. It was interesting reading about the Quakers in Ohio around 1850, and the Underground Railroad. It is very well written! I didn't know how it would end, and I was very happy with the ending.

Aug 22, 2019

The minute I started it I realized it is one I had already read, but found no review! Unlike me especially for a book that I very much enjoyed-so I read it again!! Tracy Chevalier never disappoints. While maybe not quite as well written as Girl with the Pearl Earring (maybe better because it was a story I didn't know). This one is a different perspective of the Underground Railroad through Quaker eyes. Also if you love quilts it will be especially interesting.

May 09, 2019

Good book. Read more from this author.

Feb 04, 2016

Key words: mid 19th century America, young quaker girl, cultural shock, survival, slavery to freedom, quilt making, intricate social dynamics.

This book is a great read. However, Girl with a pearl earring, in my opinion, is the author's best novel so far.

I will also recommend Giles Milton's The Riddle and the Knight: In Search of Sir John Mandeville. I had problem putting the book down it was so intriguing.

Nov 14, 2015

For me, this was a near-perfect book - and I read a whole lot. The story is a sober one, but told gently. The heroine is strong, but in a quiet way, and flawed in spite of herself. It's a moral story that reads quickly and the prose is smooth and natural. I highly recommend it for fans of frontier life. Also a good read for people of faith.

Sep 16, 2015

Found it kept the reader's interest to the end -- I don't know why but it did. Looking forward to trying some more by this author.

Mar 28, 2015

Average read. Interesting concepts

Oct 30, 2014

Tracy Chevalier uses a personal connection to Oberlin College in Ohio as the basis for a young English immigrant Honor Bright's story. A talented quilter left to make her own way among fellow Quakers and others in 1850s Ohio after her sister dies, Honor finds there are many sides to the slavery question and aiding those trying to escape on the Underground Railroad.
I always read Tracy Chevalier's books. She's a good storyteller and her blending of story with history and art always appeals to me. Having once been avid about quilts and quilting helped my enjoyment of this one.

samdog123 Jul 14, 2014

I always enjoy Tracy Chevalier's historical novels. In this title, a Quaker woman, Honor Bright, comes to Colonial American where she becomes involved with the Underground Railroad.

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