Sunday, November 24, 2013
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
Honor gets close to Faithwell where Adam lives. She learns that Adam's brother has died from illness. Adam did not get her letter telling him that Grace died. She is staying with a milliner named Belle in Wellington, Ohio. Belle decides that Honor needs a few days to relax before joining Adam. Belle learns that Honor can sew. Honor loves to quilt. Belle needs some help sewing hats for her customers. They become friends even though Belle is not a Quaker.
Adam comes to get Honor and they go to his home. Abigail, Adam's sister-in-law is not very welcoming to Honor. Honor must get along with her because she has to where to go. After a few months the Elders in the church tell Adam that their living situation is undesirable, even though nothing is happening. Adam and Abigail marry and things get more difficult for Honor.
Jack Haymaker is interested in Honor. They marry and she comes to live at their family farm. Runaway slaves are always around. Honor is compelled to help them even though the Haymakers forbid her to help them. This causes problems. What is to become of Honor? Will she continue to help the runaway slaves?
I really enjoyed this story. I often wonder what I would have done in this situation.
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