So I thought it would be the first book I would buy when I got to
It is set in the 1850s and tells the story of a young English Quaker woman, Honor Bright, who emigrated to the
United States together with her sister, engaged
to be married to a man from their fellowship who had gone ahead and settled in . The sister
unfortunately dies on the journey and Honor continues to their original
destination on her own. The story develops around Honor’s difficulties adjusting to Ohio life, the people
she meets and the friendships she strikes up with. These experiences are always
interspersed with quilting, because that is one of Honor’s big talents. When
she encounters runaway slaves and begins to help them she is taking a stand
against her new-found family, and then the going gets rough... Ohio
I really enjoyed reading the book, it teaches you a lot of things about the Underground Railroad, and, if you’re not a quilter, a few things about quilting, too. For quilters I think it is nice to have a little bit of reference to quilting put into the daily life of Honor along the way.
The book is out in hardcover only right now, as far as I could tell, and after I finished it I decided that I would not take it back home as my luggage was tightly packed anyway. So I set it traveling – I gave it to the volunteer at the register in the Quiltmuseum of York, asking her to pass it on to other quilters after she has finished reading it. Watch out for it – perhaps it will come your way!