The Last Runaway

I finished another fantastic book this morning (at 3:30 am), and I thought I’d share it with you.  It’s called The Last Runaway and it’s written by bestselling author, Tracy Chevalier.  It’s a story about change, and courage, and hope.  It’s a story that will transport you back to the time of slavery and make you feel like you’re hiding alongside the running slaves.

“Ohio 1850.  For a modest English Quaker stranded far from home, life is a trial.  Untethered from the moment she leaves England, fleeing personal disappointment, Honor Bright is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in an alien, untamed landscape.  The men sweat and spit; the women drink whiskey and shoot copperheads, even as they stitch bonnets and quilts.  Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery.  In her new home, Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community famed for championing human equality.  Drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two exceptional people who embody the startling power of defiance.  Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal cost.”

Tracy Chevalier does historical fiction better than any author out there.  She has a way of bringing the past to life, and bringing with it an air of truth.  I really enjoyed “living” Honor’s story, and plan to find some more historical fiction from this time period.  It seems that Chevalier has a way of doing that to me…making me go beyond her books to find out more.  The same thing happened to me when I read her book Remarkable Creatures a couple of years ago.  I’ve always remembered that book, and I am sure that will be true with this latest novel.

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