Book Review: Have No Shame by Melissa Foster


The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms—and her own beliefs—when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.

Alison has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.

HAVE NO SHAME is an emotionally compelling coming of age novel featuring a young woman who cannot reconcile the life she wants with the one she’s been brought up to live.Have No Shame will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love, and those who have been forced to choose between what they know in their hearts to be true, and what others would like them to believe.

I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Rating:

5 stars

 

Review:

God, this book was such a refreshing read! After reading so many much too similar romance novels, it was so wonderful to get lost in this realistic, heartwarming book. What I liked most about this book was how no one was made to look like a villain (except maybe Jimmy Lee, Alison’s boyfriend). Oh, and the romance between Jackson and Alison is so sweet! It felt like I was falling in love along with them. I am so lucky to have gotten a copy of this book for FREE. Reading about the way the black people were treated was just heartbreaking. I feel grateful that I don’t live in a world where the color of your skin could determine how you were treated. Melissa Foster really has a talent for telling stories that just tug at your heartstrings. I can’t recommend this book enough to other readers. The only complaint I had – and trust me, I am just being nitpicky here – was the fact that Alison only started to notice the evil racial prejudice in her town after stumbling across a black man’s dead body. I guess, everything has to start somewhere. Alison may not have a heart of steel, but she is definitely very likeable as well as relatable. The characters jump off the page and grab you by the wrist – they are super-realistic.

Cons:

# Nothing really except for that tiny thing I talked about… You know what? Forget it! There is nothing wrong with this book.

Pros:

# Awesome narrative

# Well-rounded characters

# Amazing ending

# An overall emotionally satisfying novel that leaves you pondering the meaning of life and such (I know I did). 🙂

Verdict:

I loved the book and you should totally read it!

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11 thoughts on “Book Review: Have No Shame by Melissa Foster

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  2. Thank you so much for the wonderful review! Your observation was spot on. While researching this story, it became very apparent that during that time, many people just accepted segregation. As many people mentioned to be, it was all they knew, so they never really thought to question the “whys” of how they were brought up. Alison was one of the many who fell into that category, and it took finding that man’s ravaged body to pull her from her acceptance and really take note. It’s very difficult to believe that our society was once like that, but in many ways, we still have a very far way to go. Researching the story was heart wrenching in many ways, but it also opened my eyes to things that I never would have imagined; like black people who grew up in the midst of segregation in the South, but never thought anything of it. They had happy lives despite the differences in how they were treated, which to me, speaks volumes of the courage and skills of their parents, to raise confident, well-rounded children amidst such a trying time.

    Thanks again, I really appreciate you sharing my story with your friends.

    • I could really feel all the thought and research that went into this story when I was reading it. I would recommend this book to everyone I know. 🙂 I’m glad to have read it. 🙂

  3. I get weary of romance stories when they are all the same “girl-meets-boy, they-fall-in-love, boy-kisses-girl” and… that’s all. So glad to know this will be a refreshing read and I’m curious to how prejudice and segregation plays out in Alison’s story!

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

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