Book Club - The Last Runaway (1)

Based on the feedback in our Facebook group UK Quilters United and the linked website ( I have found myself running a book club focusing on quilting and sewing related novels. As I am writing this, there are 135 members in the book club!

The first book was revealed at the beginning of April 2018. To start us off, I selected Tracy Chevalier’s The Last Runaway.

The plot
It is in the 1850s, in the midst of the slave trade in the United States. The main character, Honor Bright, has recently arrived from Dorset to Ohio, to keep her sister company. Honor ends up living in a milliner’s shop who’s owner is part of a underground operation helping runaway slaves to reach freedom in Canada.

After this she goes to live with a Quaker family, and she really misses Dorset. Many of you will recognise the descriptions here. This is also where she is exposed to quilting as part of every day life. The descriptions in the book will make you smile and nod in agreement, whereas at other times you may shake your head in disagreement, or wonder why you’ve never done it that way…

Join the discussion
If you would like to take part in the discussions about the book, please head to the UKQU website to join the UKQU Book Club. You need to be logged into the website to be able to join the group. If you can’t see the ‘join’ button, try to log in to the website again and it should work. It's free to join both the website and the Book Club group.

** Adapted from my post on the UKQU website **