Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

The Last Runaway

 

Trigger warning: violence, slavery, blood, use of the N-word, and many quilts.

Themes: Quaker's way of life, racial issues, gap between America and England

 

After the abrupt death of her sister, Honor Bright finds herself grieving and lost in America, forced to announce the news to her sister's fiance Adam. But on her way to this foreign land that seems willing to trap her forever, she finds herself tangled in the illegal web that is the Underground Railroad and will have to take drastic decisions. With the bitter Judith, her handsome son Jack, the badass shopper Belle and a slave hunter named Donovan, Honor will have to resolve a conflict deeply rooted in America but also within herself.

 

The book has an epistolary aspect with several exchanges between Honor and her good friend Biddy in the form of letters.

The addition of a map of the United States at the beginning is grandly appreciated.

 

BEWARE: Spoilers!

* I kept wondering if Donovan would be redeemed... and in perspective maybe this was a smarter choice from the author to refuse his redemption given his point of view on slaves. Love can sometimes bring out the goodness in a man but isn't sometimes enough to let him go off his prejudicial views. And that's what is brilliantly illustrated here between Donovan and Honor

* I wonder if Abigail ''fell in love'' with Adam because he reminded her of his brother and that she never really overcome his death. That doesn't make her actions more tolerable but slightly understandable.

 

Rating: 3.9 out of 5 quilts