The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
Set in Ohio in the 1850's, a Quaker woman named Honor Bright, newly arrived to America from England, encounters a negro woman in her fields. As she feeds her, she learns from the woman of the atrocity of slavery in the south, and why the woman would risk so much to travel the Underground Railroad to the north and freedom. Honor becomes caught up in the idea of helping negroes to freedom, as she believes it to fit well with her Quaker beliefs, but even more than that, it resonates true in her heart. Her husband and community are against becoming involved, and as things progress, Honor must make the difficult choice about what it means to her to live her truth, no matter what the sacrifice may be. Written by the author of The Girl With the Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier brings another point in history to life, with beautiful poignancy. You will feel Honor's pain as the dilemma wracks her soul, and you will cheer with her as she decides to follow her heart.
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