The Last Runaway

Chevalier, Tracy (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Last Runaway

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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.
Authors: Chevalier, Tracy
Title: The last runaway
Publisher: New York :, Dutton,, c2013.
Characteristics: 305 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Summary: 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.
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ISBN: 9780525952992
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Report This Feb 05, 2014
  • quilteriam rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The author is a brilliant researcher and brings that to light with Honor Bright. I enjoyed the historical content, the constant spiritual questioning, and the wonderful quilting references. I am a quilter and justice was done with the descriptions and accuracy. I loved every word and would read it again. The relationships with Honor's husband, sister, family in England and new people in Ohio was what I expected. She was in new surroundings with only her English upbringing to compare. She didn't give up but rather found a way to survive. Nothing new here but she used her nimble fingers to help her make a living. Plus, she had compassion for her fellow man, looking past the skin color. She made a difference in the lives of several people. Something we should all hope to do in our lifetime. Loved the book!

Report This Nov 12, 2013
  • falconroom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant read as are all I have slowly savored of her novels since I discovered the Girl with the Pearl Earring (with my love for the mysterious Dutch painter Vermeer). As my mother is a quilter, I loved the 'quilt talk' ; i'd never heard of someone able to quilt on both sides at once! I think we get to know Honor best through her letters; getting through all of the Quaker thee's & thy's was a bit trying; I kept waiting for a truly American "you" or "your" to escape! And I must say her "mother-in-law" was difficult to the point of unreason! Reading the author's acknowledgements is always telling; t Chevalier shares all her research and lovingly credits the people who discovered priceless research tools; a tribute to an author's depth, credibility & honesty! i have just started "Burning Bright" which she could have named this but Honor was herself, in essence, the "last runaway".

Report This Sep 28, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Report This Jun 29, 2013
  • GLNovak rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Another spare story from Chevalier. She entwines a lot in her books, and also leaves a lot to the reader to puzzle out. Honor, true to her name, is trying to meld her lifelong beliefs as a Quaker with the realities of her new life in Ohio where slavery is still very much an issue. How can she hold true to her principles, and at the same time become a part of her new family. Although a lot happens during the year we get to know Honor, most of it is mentioned as a bit of background colour and not a main event. Still we can follow along with Honor's confusion through to her coming to understanding and moving on with life on her terms.

Report This Jun 28, 2013
  • beachcat2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I did not want this book to end. The different threads of the Underground Railway, Quakers, quilting and millinery, and immigration from England are all brought together into an absorbing tale set in Ohio in 1850. i love Tracy Chevalier's writing.

Although not as good as her other titles, I thought this was a good read. More depth into Honor Bright's motivation for many of the things she did would have been helpful. Interesting to see Quaker values, lifestyle, and moral challenges in regard to the Underground Railroad and American way of life which was so different from that of England.

Report This Apr 17, 2013
  • GummiGirl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

As with Chevalier's other books, it's stronger on atmosphere than action. A fine way to learn about Quakers, quilting, and, to a lesser degree, the Underground Railroad.

Report This Apr 06, 2013
  • sharonb122 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a very interesting backdrop with learning more about the quaker community, immigrants in America, 1850's Ohio and the Underground Railroad. A coming of age story of the central character. The title represented, not only the run away slaves, but also Honor. in more than one way she was running away. Good exploration of moral dilemmas. complicated decisions to be made with the mix of treligion, laws of the government, and personal elements. Some interesting characters. Reflection about American values focus on the individual verus Quaker values of community importance. This was very good and really held my interest. Would like to read a sequal. Think my favorite Chevalier is still "Falling Angles."

Report This Mar 14, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A Quaker woman, recently emigrated from England, gets involved in the Underground Railroad as she adjusts to life in 1850’s Ohio.

Report This Feb 23, 2013
  • abookandacuppa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Honor Bright, an English Quaker, learns of the plight of the runaway slave when she moves to Faithwell, Ohio. The characters of the story have conflicting views as she finds herself unable to turn away from people in need. The author includes interesting historical information about Oberlin.

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