Reviews for Last Runaway
AudioFile Reviews 2013 February
Facing a broken betrothal, Honor Bright, a young Quaker woman, leaves her home in England in 1850 and accompanies her sister to Ohio, where Grace is to be married. After an arduous journey Grace dies, and Honor arrives shaken and uncertain of her future. Kate Reading provides just the right sense of confusion and determination for Honor and, as always, perfect voices for each of the many well-drawn characters, including gruff milliner Belle; her brother, Donovan, a slave hunter; and the Quaker family of dairy farmers Honor eventually marries into. Honor is torn between loyalty to her husband and family and assisting runaway slaves. An emotionally wrenching tale of conflicting ethics, humanity, and early American pragmatism from Tracy Chevalier (GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING), superbly performed by Reading. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
Library Journal Express Reviews
Quiet, home-loving, and principled Honor Bright agrees to accompany her more adventurous sister across the Atlantic to 1850's Ohio, to where Grace's fiancÚ has immigrated. The journey is miserable physically and confusing culturally, and when Honor finally arrives at their destination, she is sick at heart as well. Forced to make choices for which she is unprepared and to face challenges to her lifelong belief in the innate equality of all races, Honor matures into a strong woman worthy of respect. Kate Reading narrates the book beautifully, perfectly portraying the timid English girl making mistakes and learning from them. Reading's voice becomes rougher with the American pioneers--louder and harsher for the exacting Judith Haymaker, more relaxed and higher pitched for Belle, the whiskey-drinking milliner. Verdict This is a recording listeners will not want to end. Highly recommended. ["Chevalier's (The Girl with the Pearl Earring; Remarkable Creatures) writing continues to have that can't-put-it-down quality, and her change in settings from Europe to 19th-century frontier America is a welcome one. Highly recommended," read the starred review of the New York Times best-selling Dutton hc, LJ 12/12.--Ed.]--Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Colonial Williamsburg Fdn. Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.