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Lots of topics were threaded through the book: quilting, helping runaway slaves, Quaker habits and ethos, sibling relationships, millinery ... none felt redundant and were underpinned by sound research. Well drawn characters and a fascinating setting - you have a good book
The family relationships were handled well, people did not always do what a reader might expect ... and the use of Honor's (and then others) letters to move the story on gave the book a well placed rhythm.
Its not a long book, its well worth your reading time in 2014.