Tuesday, September 29, 2009

No Shame, No Fear by Ann Turnball


It is 1662 and England is reeling from the aftereffects of civil war, with its clashes of faith and culture. After completing his studies, seventeen-year-old Will returns home to begin an apprenticeship arranged by his wealthy father. Susanna, a young Quaker girl, leaves her family to become a servant in the same town. Will and Susanna meet and fall in love, but can their bond survive--no matter what? Theirs is a story that speaks across the centuries, telling of love and the fight to stay true to what is most important, in spite of parents, society, and even the law.


Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Setting: 10/10
Recommendation: 9/10
Total: 64/70

Grade: A+

Age Appropriate?

Cussing: Very small amount.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Not much, but some teen drinking, but it's culturally accurate for the novel
Sexual Content: Limited, some speculation and discussion
Disturbing Images/Violence: Mild child abuse, sickness, some faintly disturbing prison scenes.


The story of Susanna and Will is a tender one. I was fascinated by their world and their tenacity. Ann Turnball's writing captured the time period and the woes and sorrows of the Quakers in a way that made for a fantastic novel. I was blown away by my love for both Susanna and Will and all the characters. They were real, interesting people that captured my attention.

While primarily a pleasant love story, No Shame, No Fear is also about persecution. The Quakers are an intriguing people with a troubled history. Their woes created the perfect setting for Will and Susanna's story. And while it sounds rather usual--high-class boy falls in love with low-class girl and all the odds are against them--it truly is an unconventional tale.

An impressive, engrossing novel, No Shame, No Fear is guaranteed to give you a satisfying experience with more life in its pages than most historical fiction books. It will leave you yearning for more.

1 comment:

  1. I really liked this book, and the sequel as well. The author just came out with a new YA historical called Alice in Love and War.


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