The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

The Last Runaway
The Last Runaway

Recommended by Lindsey Alexander

When I was introduced to Tracy Chevalier’s novels around six months ago I knew these were something special.

Now that I’ve just finished the last of her seven books so far, I can’t wait to hear when another may appear.

Like all of its predecessors The Last Runaway is a fictional tale in a historic setting, this time a Quaker community in 19th century north America.

Honor Bright is a sheltered Quaker who has left her family in Dorset behind to accompany her sister to a new life in Ohio.

Little does she know her life will be turned upside down when she becomes involved in sheltering runaway slaves.

Her new family is opposed to this and she finds herself torn between them, her faith and principles and helping these desperate people.

Once again Chevalier weaves a rich tapestry of the the difficulties facing women through time and their battle to survive.

Here, she blends domestic details like Honor’s love of quilt making and the time she spends with milliner Belle, with the cruel reality of slavery and the struggles of a very new country.