Review: The Last Runaway

last runaway'The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: Courtesy of HarperCollins Australia and The Reading Room.

This book reminds me somewhat of Caleb’s Crossing (Geraldine Brooks) though not as heartbreaking. The beginning of this book, “She could not go back,” was gut-wrenching but not heartbreaking. There were many instances in the books where it tugs your heart and at times, squeezes it, but no heartbreaking moments.

Honor Bright is likeable enough as a character though I don’t love her. She’s running away from England due to a heartache and whilst, I understand that she misses home so much, it was still hard to be patient with all her comparisons to home and complaints. Thankfully, she does appreciate some American things, her first experience of eating corn on the cob was most amusing, or I would have lost patience a long time ago.

The read was engrossing mostly due to the simple language and, whilst I’m not a quilter, I’ve always been fascinated by it and have always been tempted to try a project, so I enjoyed the quilting tidbits and felt like I’m participating in a quilting project vicariously. In fact, I think I might seriously look into taking up a quilting project 😉

The book was mostly morally upstanding though that’s to be expected noting Main Character is a Quaker and therefore, Quaker environment. However, I found it a bit strange that the dissipated male in the “love triangle” (am using this phrase loosely) wasn’t a little more persuasive –in fact, he is a little outside of the story and I can’t quite make out why.

I found the ending to be unsatisfying; am content but feels that something is missing.

Thank you HarperCollins Australia and The Reading Room for providing a copy of book.

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