Book Review: No Shame, No Fear by Ann Turnbull

15 May

ImageSusanna is a young Quaker woman used to the hardships and taunts thrown at her people. Will is the son of a wealthy merchant, used to fine cloth, servants, and the frivolities of his rank. When Susanna takes a job as an assistant in a bookseller’s house in the town, her life and Will’s collide. As Will slowly takes on the Quaker way of life, they fight persecution on all sides–from the government that wants to take their religion from them, and from their parents who want to keep them apart. In the face of so much opposition, can they stay true to each other–and to themselves?

Another fantastic historical read by Ann Turnbull. I previously read Alice, in Love and War, my review for which you can read here. I liked this book even better because both of the main characters, while idealistic, were realistic in their hopes and dreams and desires. I could relate to Susanna, who wanted to leave her country life for life in the town, her excitement about books and learning, and running up against so many obstacles to be with the boy she loved.

As with Alice, this book’s historical details set me back in time with a printing press, beer drunk at all hours, using urine to clean linen, and the layers upon layers that women had to don to be considered decent. The religious aspect of this book was done well, too. The persecution that Quakers faced was well described, if not always easy to read, as modern readers will be able to look on and think, “How could anyone do this to such a peaceable people?” For any worried about reading a religious book, it’s not preachy in any sense–just true to its time in history.

One of my favorite parts of this book, though, was the ending. Let’s just say it isn’t your typical romance. The couple choose the road less traveled because that is what’s better for them at the time, and, once again, it’s the more realistic decision. Perhaps not all readers will be satisfied with the ending (in which case, there is a sequel that undoubtedly will meet their needs), but others will look at the characters and know that they will be stronger for it–individually and in their relationship.

Highly recommended to all fans of historical fiction, young and old. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

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