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No Shame, No Fear

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No Shame, No Fear

NO SHAME, NO FEAR is set in 1662 post-war England. The civil war had been fought because of clashes in faith and culture. The nation is still feeling these effects when seventeen-year-old William returns to his home in Hemsbury to begin an apprenticeship arranged by his wealthy father. Meanwhile, Susanna, a Quaker girl from the neighboring countryside, travels to Hemsbury to work as a servant. William and Susanna meet by chance and begin a secret courtship.

William has a great deal at risk as he begins to court Susanna and becomes interested in her Quaker lifestyle. Will's father is outraged by the changes in his son's behavior and blames Susanna for this. Will the love between Will and Susanna be strong enough to overcome all of the obstacles put in their path?

The story is told in the alternating viewpoints of both William and Susanna. This structure is very effective in allowing the reader access to all aspects of society during this time period.

I thoroughly enjoyed NO SHAME, NO FEAR, and I think you will too. I hope we see more young adult novels from the very talented Ann Turnbull.

Reviewed by Renee Kirchner on October 18, 2011

No Shame, No Fear
by Ann Turnbull

  • Publication Date: September 9, 2004
  • Genres: Historical Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick
  • ISBN-10: 0763625051
  • ISBN-13: 9780763625054