Review Detail

Young Adult Fiction 2485
Romance and religion
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
In England in 1662, most respectable people are Anglicans. They show courtesy to their betters and women know their place. But Susanna and her family are Quakers, a most feared, hated and even outlawed group. When young, well-to-do Will Heywood returns from school to be apprenticed into trade, he's intrigued by the lovely Susanna and her strange yet welcoming circle of friends. But almost before they can get to know each other, the climate of panic and persecution threatens to tear them apart.

No Shame, No Fear is a touching romance, supported by author Turnbull's excellent use of period language (especially the Quaker's particular speech patterns) and great historical detail. There is no doubt that readers will learn a lot more than they ever knew about this specific religious group and its influence on 17th-century society, and the very positive and inclusive way the Quaker characters are portrayed may help to alleviate some of the wariness or even ignorant prejudice modern-day readers may feel about the Society of Friends. The novel also presents many strong female characters, which will appeal to today's readers. Alternating between Susanna's and Will's narrative voices does allow us a broader view of the situation than using a single narrator would; nonetheless, Will's hasty conversion to the Quaker beliefs and his absolute certainty that he must reject all he has ever known will make some readers (and this reviewer) a bit uneasy. Luckily, the empowering ending, which some may mistakenly interpret as anticlimactic, slows the hectic pace of events, cleverly mirroring the calm, deliberate, purposeful atmosphere that seems to surround the Quaker characters throughout the rest of the novel. For anyone who loves romance or historical novels, No Shame, No Fear is an excellent choice.
Report this review Was this review helpful to you? 1 1

Comments

Already have an account? or Create an account
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Bluebird
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
In 1946, Eva leaves behind the rubble of Berlin for...
Merci Suárez Can't Dance
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Seventh grade is going to be a real trial...
When You Know What I Know
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
This harrowing, and ultimately hopeful novel in verse sensitively...
Between Perfect and Real
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A moving YA debut about a trans boy finding...
The Cost of Knowing
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Dear Martin meets They Both Die at the End...
Gold Spun
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
If Nor can't spin gold, she can always spin...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic...
Small Favors
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Ellerie Downing is waiting for something to happen. Life...
If You Go Down to the Woods Today (Brown Bear Wood)
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Journey through a magical woodland, with poems to read and...
Bunny Will Not Jump!: Ready-to-Read Level 1
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
From the endless imagination of Jason Tharp comes a hilarious...
Milo's Christmas Parade
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A new picture book from Jennie Palmer starring Milo, a...
Slow Down: 50 Mindful Moments in Nature
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Slow down to watch 50 nature stories that command calm...
Once Upon A Pizza: Eight Crazy Ways Pizza Wasn't Really Invented, And One It Might Have Been
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Everyone loves pizza, but how was it invented? ...
A Kid's Guide to Fandom: Exploring Fan-Fic, Cosplay, Gaming, Podcasting, and More in the Geek World!
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Help young fans get in touch with their inner geeks...
Awaken    Book 1 The A'vean Chronicles
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
SOME PEOPLE AREN'T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY. With a...
Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Underdogs, unite! Celebrated nonfiction author Melissa Stewart offers young readers...

Latest Member Reviews

Bronto and the Pterodactyl Eggs
 
4.5
"What I Loved: The storyline reminded me a bit of "Are You My Mother?" which is a staple around this..."
Terra Tempo: Ice Age Cataclysm!
 
3.0
"Jenna and Caleb go with their mother to visit a great aunt whose attic she is helping to clean. Their..."