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What choice would you have made?
on 13 June 2015
I have read several books by Tracy Chevalier and am constantly amazed at the diverse subject range and historical periods that she writes about. This book is set mainly in the USA in a Quaker or ‘Friends’ community. We follow the life of a young girl, Honor Bright, embarking on what must have been an epic journey in those days from Dorset to America with her sister who is to marry her fiancé there. Things don’t work out as planned however and on arrival Honor must forge a life for herself. I loved the description of the quilting and the depiction of 1850s Ohio. Set against the background of slavery, this book takes the reader on a journey too as we see it from all points of view; the abolitionist, the pro and from the runaways themselves as Honor has to make a moral choice. Perfectly capturing the mood of the time, I did wonder of there would be a happy ending for her and the runaways . You’ll have to read it to find out but bring a hanky