Saturday, January 11, 2014

Review: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

 image from amazon
So good to take a book from my to be read basket and not want to put it down. Tracy Chevalier's writing in The Last Runaway flows well in this story of learning to live a new life in a strange place.
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.

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