The Last Runaway. View PDF. book | Fiction | UK → HarperCollins (Ed. Set in the sunlit cornfields of rural Ohio, during the last days of slavery, Tracy. New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and At the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. Honor Bright is a sheltered Quaker who has rarely ventured out of s Dorset when she impulsively emigrates to.
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about The Last Runaway book PDF: This book is writen by Tracy Chevalier. This The Last Runaway book is telling about When modest Quaker Honor Bright. Tracy Chevalier Author (). cover image of The Last Runaway Tracy Chevalier Author (). cover image of The Last Runaway (Special edition). Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Honor Bright sailed from England to America in with her The Last Runaway: A Novel - Kindle edition by Tracy Chevalier. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
This seems to have more to do with animal magnetism than idealism, as Honor singularly fails to extend such Christian tolerance to her new family. In tones of self-righteous condescension, she constantly denigrates the women around her while playing up her own superiority.
Abigail is no domestic goddess. A tendency to cast herself as martyr undermines the reader's sympathy for Honor.
In spite of her dedication to the Underground Railroad and undoubted bravery in placing her principles before practicality, Honor is priggish and mean-spirited. In fact, the minor characters were often more interesting, in particular Belle Mills and Judith Haymaker, a woman whose past traumas have left her with a troublingly compromised moral compass.
As for the men, Donovan, despicable but possibly redeemable, ends up tipping into stereotype, while Jack Haymaker is one-dimensional. The Last Runaway is an entertaining read. The important themes of the book — slavery and the resistance movement — are, in spite of some moving encounters, unfortunately far less developed than the Quakers and quilting angle.
As a period piece on Ohio life in the s it is admirable, but Tracy Chevalier has written far better books than this. Topics History books. Fiction Slavery Ohio reviews. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Most of the other characters are a bit wooden and fall flat. This could have been a fantastic book but for lack of development and oversimplification.
View all 19 comments. A Quaker girl from England landed up in Faithwell, Ohio, , right in the middle of the Underground Railroad's path. Heartsick and homesick, Honor Haymaker struggled to wrap her mind around the slavery laws of America and the way it was applied in the northern states.
Milking cows, sewing quilts, making hay, bottling the bounty of summer for the harsh uncompromising winters, tapping maple trees for syrup, making cheese, obeying her mother-in-law, and being a good wife, drained her from everyth A Quaker girl from England landed up in Faithwell, Ohio, , right in the middle of the Underground Railroad's path. Milking cows, sewing quilts, making hay, bottling the bounty of summer for the harsh uncompromising winters, tapping maple trees for syrup, making cheese, obeying her mother-in-law, and being a good wife, drained her from everything she ever believed in or aspired to.
Her only true friends were Belle Mill, the milliner, and Mrs. Elsie Reed, a former slave, in Wellington, but their friendship were strictly forbidden by her husband's family. Belle was also the sister of Donovan Mill, the slave-hunter, who made it his business to uphold the laws. The relentless clattering of his horse's hooves--one of the hooves had a distinctive thud as a result of a thick shoe--were heard anytime, anywhere, even in the small radical town of Oberlin.
Donovan did not hesitate to paw through his sister's possessions as well to get behind possible stationmasters's actions of the Underground Railroad. Just as he did with Honor's trunk a few months earlier, when Honor was on Thomas's wagon on her way from Hudson to Wellington after arriving in America. Belle gifted her a gray bonnet with a yellow trimming. It became the first act of rebellion against a community which was slowly choking the last breath from Honor Haymaker's body.
From there, the road to freedom of choice became tougher than the survival of the snares in the woods that caught run-away slaves on their journey to the Canadian border.
Of people running away from lives they could not face. Honor Bright, became Honor Haymaker, with the plot of the story clearly established in the protagonist's names. From then on it became a heartfelt, and gripping adventure through the history of slavery and the settlement of the immigrants, with the hardships surrounding the lives of all the people on the run.
Their journeys took them either from east to west, or south to north over the vast territories of America. And there, where their roads crossed, this story took shape. A beautiful, compassionate read. I really enjoyed this book.
An excellent read. View all 6 comments. Nov 30, Teresa rated it it was ok. This novel was enjoyable enough. However, reading it gives one a sensation of floating atop the story - nothing pulls a person in or attaches itself to the reader's emotions.
The story is just too light. The first hundred pages are largely given over to quilting patterns and sewing techniques, which is fine enough if one has a taste for such thorough narrations of domestique intricacies; but a reader choosing this book based on the cover description would be disappointed.
It leaves one to believ This novel was enjoyable enough. It leaves one to believe that it is centred around the Underground Railroad, leaves one to expect a drama of true trials and interpersonal struggles as no tale concerning such a matter could be - or was - otherwise, especially to the people immediately concerned.
However, excluding the last scene, the collection of scarce small events involving black runaways throughout this novel most definately purposes as a side story, and, futhermore, each event in and of itself also carries a feeling of being 'small. Although the main character, Honor Bright, does go through a personal struggle, excited by her and her new family's differing views including that of dealing with runaways, but certainly not the most prominent dissimilitude , the reader once again feels left floating atop, never really seeing into the character.
The reader never really knows Honor Bright and some times she surprisingly demostrates more understanding then one would expect from her hollow, bland character - where did this come from? The afforementioned aside, this book is a nice light read that can remove one from the present without demanding emotional or intellectual strain of any kind. The scenic descriptions of this novel are on par.
Chevalier can effectively paint a descriptive picture in few words; she knows just what can be left out, what the reader can fill in himself and does not drag the book down by counting off the leaves on trees.
Prehaps my rating would be higher if the cover description properly described the novel: I was disappointed because I was mislead; I was expecting Underground Railroad and instead got quilting Quaker.
View all 3 comments. Feb 05, The Book Maven rated it it was amazing Shelves: The plot: After being jilted by her fiance in England, Quaker woman Honor Bright decides to accompany her sister Grace to America and help Grace adjust to her upcoming marriage and impending life as a pioneer woman.
But when tragedy befalls them, Honor finds herself alone in a strange country, dependent on the kindness of strangers and trying to learn the customs of s Ohio--still a rough and wild place. Furthermore, she has much to learn about the raw, bitter, divisive nature of the issue of slavery, and how very little is as black and white as we wish it could be. Chevalier is, at this point, a veteran writer of historical fiction. I've enjoyed her novels in the past, but The Last Runaway sets a new, even higher standard for her work.
While Chevalier is skilled at forming compelling, conflicted primary and secondary characters, where she truly excels in this novel is her setting and framework. I moved away from the Midwest several years ago, but she evokes the landscape, the climate, the burgeoning history and legacy so exquisitely, I had to put the book down at one point and have a good, homesick cry. I fear it will be a long time before I encounter the likes of this book again.
Oct 15, Britany rated it liked it Shelves: Honor Bright follows her sister Grace over to America in She crosses the sea in the Adventurer and makes her slow way to Faithwell, Ohio. She meets despair and tragedy along the way and quickly finds herself in an uncomfortable situation almost as quickly as she arrives. Honor is a Quaker and lives within her community of Friends. She finds that Faithwell is a stop for runaway slaves from the South on their North Star path to Oberlin and onto Canada.
I enjoyed each chapter ended with a let Honor Bright follows her sister Grace over to America in I enjoyed each chapter ended with a letter either from or to Honor, I found myself looking forward to these pieces of correspondence between her old life and new one.
I also enjoyed reading about quilting, and learning the differences in the patterns, technique and colors. The things that fell a little flat for me was the runaway storyline- this felt a little too light given the situation.
I'm not sure helping runaways in Ohio would've been quite as easy as it was for Honor. These plot points didn't feel gritty enough and I found myself questioning the authenticity of the narrative. Belle Mills was by far my favorite character-- the local milliner whose brother is the slave catcher in the area.
Belle is a no-nonsense hat maker with a personality this book sorely needed. Overall, I enjoyed this book-- but it was a lighter historical version of this time period than I would've liked. View all 9 comments. Honor volgt haar zus die gaat trouwen in Amerika. Honor gaat met haar mee omdat haar verloofde in eens voor een andere vrouw koos. Aangekomen in Amerika sterft haar zus onderweg naar haar toekomstige man. Verloren en met geen andere keus dan door te gaan gaat Honor op weg naar de verloofde van haar zus.
In haar worsteling om haar eigen plek en stem te vinden, moet Honor kiezen wat ze bereid is te riskeren voor haar overtuigingen. Ik kan mij best lastig een voorstelling va; maken. Meegaan naar een totaal onbekend land, zonder vastomlijnde plannen, afwachtend wat haar zou gebeuren, bijna zonder geld, een opmerkelijke vrouw.
Jan 05, Chaitra rated it liked it. I did not like this as much as I thought I would. That's why the book gets a three star rating from me, but it leans towards the lower end of the 3. The book's weakness to me is the wishy-washy main character Honor Bright.
She drifts along with events, believes in Silence so much that she doesn't seem to have any thoughts, and above all she didn't make me believe that she was sincere. Honor Bright is an English Quaker, who comes to America to get away from a jilting, ostensibly to help her sister settle into her new home.
Her sister succumbs to a yellow fever sickness before she can reach Ohio. Honor, unable to go back to England, but nitpicking away with America because among other things, it is not neat and ordered and there are trees everywhere, decides to continue on to Ohio where she meets a number of interesting characters, all of them somehow connected with fugitive slaves.
She continues drifting without purpose until she decides that "the corn is ready" please don't tell me this used to happen and if it did, is this where the word corny originate from? The first is there to provide some conflict. Then, she becomes involved in a totally floaty fashion in the Underground Railroad. Honor is a wispy creature to build a story on.
Her main trait is that she's silent, and that she's an expert quiltmaker. This gets us through the first hundred pages. She whines incessantly about where she is - everything is so transient, everyone wants to move away, they have wood houses and not solid stone like in England - all the while forgetting that more and more people were leaving England to make a life in the new world, including herself. She doesn't make any effort to be involved in the Community she believes in so much, so it becomes really hard for us to empathize with her when she says she's friendless.
She becomes involved in the Underground Railroad, true, but as I read it, it's used as a backdrop to this wallflower's story, and that's just not interesting. She uses her people's aversion to help fugitive slaves to make a martyr of herself. They have a very compelling reason for the aversion, in spite of which they give her a great deal of latitude. Sure, they could use some spine, and their actions are deplorable and all too common. But, what bothered me with the book is that the girl who will go silent for months on her family in some weird sort of judgment for refusing to help a runaway can see the "Light" in a merciless slave catcher denounced even by his own sister.
What kind of person would do that? Other than a horny one having the hots for the slave catcher, I mean. She doesn't actually have the guts to admit that either. But I do give Chevalier points for a bunch of other things. As always the descriptions of the period, and of the place are great to read. She evokes the transience of the place well. In fact, any one not named Honor Bright happen to have a personality.
I would have loved to read a book from Belle's perspective or Mrs. Infinitely more interesting characters. The scenes with the fugitives are affecting and I kept wishing that the book had more of that.
I even liked the almost endless commentary on Quaker quilting, it was well researched and definitely preferable to the main character's whining. I was looking forward to the book very much, and while it was well-written in the historical point of view, it was a very unsatisfying read.
I wish books didn't take something important and trivialize it to a marginality, but insist that it is "very important". We can see it's not. I received a copy via NetGalley for review. Jan 03, Lydia Presley rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am trying to figure out today what made this book so unputdownable last night I was up reading it until I finished at 3am and the only thing I can come up with is the character of Honor Bright.
She is such a sympathetic character and I wanted to know what happened to her. The Last Runaway is the story of Honor Bright, a young Quaker woman who leaves England to escape an unpleasant past that is not of her own doing, and her attempt to fit into the American society in a small town in Ohio.
Ther I am trying to figure out today what made this book so unputdownable last night I was up reading it until I finished at 3am and the only thing I can come up with is the character of Honor Bright. There are a cast of interesting characters in Donovan and Belle, Jack Haymaker, Adam and Abigail, and more and decisions that need to be made by Honor that foreshadow a deeper meaning behind her name. There were familiar aspects to this novel, anyone who has read Uncle Tom's Cabin will recognize similarities between the stories - but this is more dealing with the other side, what happens to those who disobey the Fugitive Slave Act.
It's a life filled with secrets and lies in the midst of a people who refuse to lie. So this ended up being an unputdownable book for me. It moved quickly, had heart and characters that tugged at my heartstrings, and it was a story that was above and beyond interesting. There were little bits of flavor throughout it as well that helped with the story, making it more personable. The difference between English quilting and American, recipes, culture, and more. This is a great book for fans of historical fiction who are interested in immigration, the underground railroad, Quakers, and the early pioneer midwest.
View 2 comments. Nov 21, Fran rated it really liked it Shelves: Inspiring and realistic. A heart warming tale of one woman's unexpected journey to ferry runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad and saving her soul and self in the process.
Feb 01, Catherine rated it it was ok. Soon Honor must fend for herself. Against their wishes, Honor becomes involved in assisting runaway slaves. This book was just good enough to keep me reading, but Honor was so judgmental and priggish that I found myself siding with the characters who disliked her--which was almost all of them, including the dog. In general, the writing, plot, and characters most of whom were pretty one-dimensional felt like a mediocre YA book.
You have probably guessed that she is a better quilter than anyone else and is unfairly resented for that. May 20, Sandra Danby rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tracy Chevalier is so skilled at getting under the skin of the protagonist in a specific period whether it's a 19th century fossil collector or a 15th century Belgian weaver, you always believe her.
The book tackles a difficult subject: Honor struggles to understand this sometimes frightening new country Tracy Chevalier is so skilled at getting under the skin of the protagonist in a specific period whether it's a 19th century fossil collector or a 15th century Belgian weaver, you always believe her.
Honor struggles to understand this sometimes frightening new country with its huge skies and geometrical roads, forthright people and different social rules.
Even the air seems strange. Instead it informs every simple description. Strong women play a key role in the book. Honor is a strong character, though perhaps she does not know it.
Belle Mills, the local milliner is strong too. Read more about my thoughts on books and writing at www. Aug 01, Petra rated it it was ok. I've enjoyed a couple of Chevalier's other works many years ago.
The artistic side of the story adds appeal and interest for me, as I enjoy crafting and the arts, etc. This story, however, seems to miss all the marks. The characters seem flat. She is acting on convictions that we, the readers, can't believe she has She shakes at an u Oy!
She shakes at an unkind word, yet defies her family and risks their property and lives, for a conviction. A wonderful thing and something I could endorse but it doesn't seem like something the character, Honore, would do. She's not that strong. Also, the historical aspects of this book, although in the forefront, seem rather like a background story. They are a cheap cover-up for a romance story that doesn't seem plausible. I am on disc 6 of 8 and the story is just beginning, in many ways.
The previous section has been all set up, chaste lusting and quilts The last two discs may surprise me yet but I'm not hopeful. Well, I finished listening to this today. Nothing changed. This story does not pull the reader in or connects in many ways. It seems to be a shell of a story, with no real detail or substance. I suppose Chevalier is trying to say that Honor had to decide about her life and how to be happy.
The story of the runaways and the friendships Honor made were filler; they brought nothing to the story, which is sad. There are some interesting characters in this book but their story doesn't come out. A fluff of a story. Chevalier's other books were enjoyable and fun. This one missed the boat.
Nov 01, Connie rated it really liked it Shelves: After leaving England, Honor Bright is on her own after the death of her sister soon after they reached the United States. She arrives in Ohio in with her Quaker religion and her excellent sewing skills, but little else.
We see Ohio through the eyes of a newcomer as Honor tries to fit into her new environment. Ohio is at a crossroad with pioneers traveling through to the west, and runaway slaves traveling north to Canada.
At that time, many Quakers were involved in the Underground Railroad, After leaving England, Honor Bright is on her own after the death of her sister soon after they reached the United States.
At that time, many Quakers were involved in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves in their journey to the North. Honor marries into a family who experienced a tragedy when they had helped slaves in North Carolina. Honor is torn between sticking to her beliefs and helping the runaways, or jeopardizing both her new family's safety and their dairy farm.
Usually a protective "nesting instinct" kicks in when a woman is just days away from giving birth, so Honor's trek to the next town when she disagreed with her husband's family seemed hard to believe. The author worked historical details about Quakers, slavery, quilting, millinery shops, and farm life into the story in a very readable way.
The use of letters sent to her British friend made the reader understand that Honor herself was also running away after an emotional disappointment in England. The end of the book seemed to hold promise that Honor would be running toward a better future.
This would be a good bookgroup read. Honor was an engaging character, and it would be interesting to know more about her husband, so I'm hoping Tracy Chevalier writes a sequel.
View all 4 comments. Aug 07, Shelagh Rice rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was such a well written book it's hard to know where to start. Fabulous characters set against the backdrop of the beginning of the end of slavery. Honor Bright the main character, brings us on a journey of her emigration to America, her religion as a Quaker and her battle to please her new family in the continuing injustice of slavery. There are other really strong characters on both sides on the divide during this powerful episode in American history.
It covers the underground railway and This was such a well written book it's hard to know where to start. It covers the underground railway and the defiance of people in a small community that could lose everything. This however is not a sentimental story, it shows us real people and the impact of their decisions.
Highly recommended. View 1 comment. Jan 29, Sue Fernandez rated it it was amazing. I'm not good at doing plot summaries in my reviews, because I'm always afraid I'll give too much away. That being said, I've never read this author, but had the recommendation after reading "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. But, I often take stands on issues or say I would've taken a stand had I lived in fill in the blank era This book, while working within the plotline of a Quaker young woman, really gave me pause The characters are well written I won't say much about that, because I feel I'll give information away I really wanted them together, oddly, as the book progressed.
I literally put it down so that I could prolong the ending, and this is one book on a very, very short list and I read at least 5 books a week that I would read again I'm still thinking about it, pondering the characters, and wish I knew how the rest of Honor's life turned out after I closed the novel.
One of my favorite authors, I love the historical subjects she picks to write about and she does it brilliantly. In this book she tackles quilting, hat making, the Quakers and the underground railroad. Her writing is so fluid, almost effortless and her characters are so very interesting.
I never knew there were so many Quakers here in the states, but I did know their faith kept them from fighting, drinking, and that they strongly believed that everyone was equal. Set in Ohio, many slaves passed One of my favorite authors, I love the historical subjects she picks to write about and she does it brilliantly.
Set in Ohio, many slaves passed through, coming from the South and hopefully making their way to Canada. As I was reading I actually felt as if I knew these people, became invested in their struggles and successes. Although the ending was a bit tidy, I was very satisfied with the resolution. ARC from publisher. Chevalier ide na listu meni omiljenih autorica! Jan 19, Doreen rated it it was ok Shelves: The novel is set in the s in Ohio.
Honor Bright, a Quaker, leaves England after being jilted and finds herself in Ohio where she struggles to adapt to a new life. She becomes involved in the Underground Railroad despite the objections of her husband and his family. One of the weaknesses is the character of Honor Bright.
She tries to be an honourable person but she is not very bright. She is rather dull and bland and judgmental. This last failing she does acknowledge: She spends a great deal of time being critical of rocking chairs and American quilting but devotes very little time to getting to know the man she agrees to marry.
Most of the characters are one-dimensional. Donovan, the slave hunter, has the potential to be an interesting character, but he ends up being unbelievable. A runaway refers specifically to him at one point: Otherwise they be out of a job. Nonetheless, he is constantly outwitted by his own sister even though he knows she assists runaways and he frequently watches her home.
There is some attempt to use literary devices, but they come across as heavy-handed. This foreshadowing of problems in the marriage is anything but subtle. I looked forward to learning more about Quakers, but the information is sketchy. All of this I knew. I did appreciate one of the major themes explored in the novel: Honor did not understand how this could happen, and yet it had: Quakers believe in the equality of all, but in the religious community to which Honor belongs, not all practice their belief; some choose not to help the slaves fleeing north.
This may seem a minor complaint to many, but I was very annoyed with the punctuation. These problems indicate poor editing. I do not feel settled.
This is the feeling I had while reading this book. I was not engaged by the characters or the plot. It too was unsatisfactory. Please check out my reader's blog http: Apr 15, Katie Lumsden rated it really liked it. A really great read - engaging, moving with fascinating historical detail. I would highly recommend. Mother in law haters. Tracy Chevalier's "Last Runaway" would be an excellent novel for any European to read or for any immigrant who attended primary and secondary school outside of North America.
Unfortunately the "Last Runaway" contains very little that cannot be found in one of many novels that school children in North America are made to read about slaves fleeing to Canada prior to American Civil War of Chevalier's novel reminded me in particular of "The Underground Railroad: Escape From Slavery" which t Tracy Chevalier's "Last Runaway" would be an excellent novel for any European to read or for any immigrant who attended primary and secondary school outside of North America.
Escape From Slavery" which the publisher Scholastic claims exposes innumerable myths about the long trek to freedom.