{Free Read} The Last Runaway BY Tracy Chevalier


  • Hardcover
  • 305
  • The Last Runaway
  • Tracy Chevalier
  • English
  • 14 March 2019
  • 9780525952992

10 thoughts on “The Last Runaway

  1. says:

    ‘’I am excluded even from the excluded she thought’’Tracy Chevalier is one of those writers who have contributed in the development of Historical Fiction as we know it today Her writing contains beautiful metaphors and a successful combination of a fresh modern feeling and a kind of dialogue that is faithful to the depicted era Girl With A Pearl Earring managed to bring the Netherlands to focus and started a whole array of books se

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    Oh goodreads Why does thee not allow for a half star rating? If thy did I would give this book a solid 25 star rating For the cover art I would give thy a 5 star rating But I digress Tracy Chevalier's latest book examines the uakers' role in the Underground Railroad during the mid 1800s We see this time period through the eyes of

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    A uaker girl from England landed up in Faithwell Ohio 1850 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

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    This novel was enjoyable enough However reading it gives one a sensation of floating atop the story nothing pulls a person in or attac

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    Simply put this is one of the BEST historical novels I have ever readThe plot After being jilted by her fiance

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    Honor Bright follows her sister Grace over to America in 1850 She crosses the sea in the Adventurer and makes her slow way to Faithwell Ohio She meets despair and tragedy along the way and uickly finds herself in an uncomfortable situation almost as uickly as she arrives Honor is a uaker 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 Obe

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    I did not like this as much as I thought I would I like Chevalier I like Historical Fiction and I adore books of this period 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

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    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

  9. says:

    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

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    After being spurned by her fiancé in 1850s England uaker Honor Bright accompanies her sister Grace to Ohio where Grace is to be married Soon Honor must fend for herself Feeling unwelcomed by her sister’s fiance and his sister in law Honor marries a local uaker man and moves to his family's farm where she also feels unwanted Against thei

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The Last Runaway

New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier makes her first ficti. Oh goodreads Why does thee not allow for a half star rating If thy did I would give this book a solid 25 star rating For the cover art I would give thy a 5 star rating But I digress Tracy Chevalier s latest book examines the uakers role in the Underground Railroad during the mid 1800s We see this time period through the eyes of one Honor Bright a recent emigrate from England Honor is a twenty year old who like most twenty somethings finds it is one thing to profess moral ideals and uite another to live by them Issues that vex Honor uakers are not allowed to lie or keep secrets BUT the success of the Underground Railroad relies on such prevarication How does thy uilt when the very material used to uilt comes off the backs of slaves Her mother in law Judith an elder in the uaker community Sour faced and judgy Donovan the slave catcher Her loins and allEarnest details about uilting millinery and social customs add interest to the narrative as does Mrs Reed a Conductor of the Underground Railroad Most of the other characters are a bit wooden and fall flat This could have been a better book but for lack of development and oversimplification I still enjoyed it

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Onal foray into the American past in The Last Runaway bringing to life the Underground Railroad and. Simply put this is one of the BEST historical novels I have ever readThe plot After being jilted by her fiance in England uaker 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 1850s Ohio still a rough and wild place Further 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 beChevalier 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 exuisitely I had to put the book down at one point and have a good homesick cryI fear it will be a long time before I encounter the likes of this book again

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Illuminating the principles passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement I. I did not like this as much as I thought I would I like Chevalier I like Historical Fiction and I adore books of this period 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 uaker 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 and gets married to the second man that happens along 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 uiltmaker 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 and 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 eitherBut 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 There are some memorable characters Belle Mills Donovan Judith Haymaker Mrs Reed 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 Reed s Infinitely interesting characters The scenes with the fugitives are affecting and I kept wishing that the book had of that I even liked the almost endless commentary on uaker uilting 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 3 stars for nostalgia I received a copy via NetGalley for review


About the Author: Tracy Chevalier

Born19 October 1962 in Washington DC Youngest of 3 children Father was a photographer for The Washington PostChildhoodNerdy Spent a lot of time lying on my bed reading Favorite authors back then Laura Ingalls Wilder Madeleine L’Engle Zilpha Keatley Snyder Joan Aiken Susan Cooper Lloyd Alexander Book I would have taken to a desert island Anne of Green Gables by LM MontgomeryEduca