The Last Runaway

runawayI was desperate for an audio book and there was nothing at the library that caught my eye.  I had read The Girl With the Pearl Earring years ago, but remembered the movie more than the book.

So I took a chance.

I decided to pop in the first CD and see how it was.  By the time I got home, I had forgotten that I was just giving this a try.  This was definitely a page turner (even if it was on a CD).  The story of a Quaker, Honor Bright, who came from England to America to get away from an awkward situation at home by accompanying her sister who is on her way to marry a man in America.  The sister dies on the way and Honor is left in Ohio with no reason to be there.

I found hearing about the US through the eyes of a British immigrant very interesting.  How temporary everything seems here. How everyone seems to be on their way somewhere else. Even the difference in the quilts.  The more exacting and time consuming British quilting, versus the faster and less precise patterns of the ‘New World’.  And how Honor came to see positives in her new home, despite her homesickness.

The characters in this book are enjoyable and the story moves at a good pace.  The book is not an award winning work of fiction, but it’s a really good read


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