Author : Tracy Chevalier
Publication date : January 8th 2013 by E.P. Dutton
I read Tracy Chevalier's book for the for first time in 2006. Quite a long time ago and it was my first historical fiction read ever. The book was The Virgin Blue which is Chevalier's first novel. I borrowed it from a friend because I wasn't too interested with a not-so-easy novel. Chevalier is responsible for my love of historical fiction. She captured me from the very first sentences, that book toyed with my emotion and it was a fantastic reading experience. Mind you, I was so close-minded back then all I know is fantasy books but The Virgin Blue opened my horizon and changed my mindset altogether.
The Last Runaway is set in the 1890s, when America was still a very young country. It is a tale about the sisters Honor and Grace Bright who migrated from England to America hoping to start a new life. Grace, the older sister was to be married with her fiance in America and Honor came along with her. The life in America wasn't as Honor expected and she felt lost. There was one thing she didn't like the most, the slavery.