1850 middle America. Emigrating from the gentle, cultivated, civilized hills of western England to the flat, forested, threatening plains of Ohio, young Quaker Honor Bright accompanies her betrothed sister to a new life. Honor has been jilted, and knows happiness in England is over; going with her sister is an impulsive decision. But the mere physical change in surroundings is nothing compared to the other changes the gentle, self-effacing Quaker must face, for Oberlin, Ohio is one of the major way-stations on the Underground Railroad, and she is soon swept into protecting runaway slaves trying to reach Canada and safety. This brings Honor and her new family into conflict; there's more to risk than just helping a runaway. Click here for more...
In addition to family, opposing her is the rough, violent slave catcher Donovan. His sister Belle owns a milliners shop in a small town near Oberlin where Honor first seeks refuge from a disaster. (No spoiler! Read the book!) As is usual with a Tracy Chevalier novel, there is a little theme that runs through the story, and this time it's quilts. Honor is a marvelous needleworker, which helps to give her life form and comfort, and the reader an fascinating thread (pun!) for intimate quotidian details that are one of Chevalier's trademarks. A 5 for this superlative author.
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