Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Fiction Addiction Book Tour: Have No Shame By Melissa Foster

Title: Have No Shame
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: April 2013

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.

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I have the pleasure of thanking Sharon Goodwin for letting me take part in this book tour and Melissa Foster for being a superb author giving me the pleasure of reading and reviewing this book. I enjoyed this book very much, I was very engrossed in the story all the way through.

We start off with meeting Alison an 18 year old girl who lives with her mum and dad on a farm with her brother Jake and her sister Maggie living in New York, Alison is due to marry her child hood sweetheart Jimmy Lee but one day when Alison finds a black man's body in a river, things start to look different for Alison and she starts to hate racism and with her secret friendship with a black man called Jackson and the encouragement from her sister Maggie, she tries to stop racism...but always with problems on the way.

Now in some parts of America, it has very racial states and separate streets for whites and blacks whereas In England where I have lived for 23 years of my life, I grew up with Asians & Blacks in my schools and even was friends with some too, to me as I was growing up that we were all the treated the same and nobody ever singled out a coloured person.  I did enjoy reading this book because I loved following the story from Alison's point of view but I just wanted to scream at some parts with the racism because I detest it very much, because in my eyes we are all the same.

Have No Shame is certainly a read that can have you hooked in a moment, I know I was. I felt at times very sorry for Alison and could even relate to her. I don't want to give too much away about the story because I feel it is one you should read and decide yourself. I did enjoy the fact Melissa on Kindle gives readers chance to either read the book with southern twang or without, and I chose without because I didn't think I would understand the story otherwise.

I feel with Have No Shame you can warm up to the characters quite quickly, my two favourites would be Alison & Maggie, Maggie came across as a strong minded lady when she moved to New York and gave Alison the insight she needed to the things that was happening in the town she lived. I wasn't a huge fan of Jimmy Lee and his family, horrible is all I got to say!

Have No Shame is a great read with an insight to see what it was really like in America in the 1960's and will  have you hooked too.


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1 comment:

  1. Fabulous review Ab. Thank you for being a part of Melissa's tour.