This is not a review that comments on exactly what the synopsis & every other review states, that's redundant. I've usually liked all TC books & I'd actually read it when just on the shelves, so chose the audio instead. Kate Reading used a 'voice' I could hardly tolerate & one very different from my idea of Honor's voice. It was not the least bit compelling or interesting. If a person had no previous knowledge of this subject it might be of interest. Had this been my first read by TC, I'd never read another of hers.
Chevalier delivers a pleasant, quick, light read. A story that highlights the Underground Railroad makes for an interesting topic, although it doesn't take much research to see that Chevalier takes a lot of liberties with historical fact. As a story that requires little effort and reveals a bit of what Ohio life was like in the mid-1800s, The Last Runaway succeeds. As a work of well-researched, memorable, enduring fiction, not so much.
I've enjoyed a couple of Chevalier's other works many years ago. They are light, interesting, fun books to read/listen to. This story, however, seems to miss all the marks. The characters seem flat. Honore is too naïve, despite her sheltered upbringing. She is acting on convictions that we, the readers, can't believe she has...or, if she has them, where she got them from.
Also, the historical aspects of this book, although in the forefront, seem rather like a background story. They are a cheap cover-up for a romance story that doesn't seem plausible.
This story does not pull the reader in or connects in many ways. I suppose Chevalier is trying to say that Honor had to decide about her life and how to be happy. The story of the runaways and the friendships Honor made were filler; they brought nothing to the story, which is sad. There are some interesting characters in this book but their story doesn't come out.
A fluff of a story. Chevalier's other books were enjoyable and fun. This one missed the boat.
Although not as good as her other titles, I thought this was a good read. More depth into Honor Bright's motivation for many of the things she did would have been helpful. Interesting to see Quaker values, lifestyle, and moral challenges in regard to the Underground Railroad and American way of life which was so different from that of England.
The leisurely pace of this story perfectly fits the 19th century time period and the reader's voice evokes the Quaker cultural traditions as well as the sweet and steady personality of the main character. A delight to listen to!
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