Have No Shame by Melissa Foster is a historical and compelling novel of forbidden love and triumph. A very dynamic, compelling and heartwarming tale that touches on racial bigotry in the Deep South.
The story takes place in rural Arkansas back in the 1960’s where prejudice and tempers are always high. Eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman grows up in a small town where the men farm all day and the women keep the house clean and watch the kids. While out one day, Alison stumbles upon a black man floating in the river, the victim of a hate crime. From that day forward, life as she knows it is changed forever. While her family is busy planning her marriage, she is torn between her beliefs, her fiancé’s reaction and the expectations of the townspeople. That’s when she meets the handsome, intelligent and thoughtful young black man, Jackson.
Torn between what’s right and what she was raised to believe, Alison struggles knowing Jackson will never be accepted in her world. The heartbreaking decisions will take you on a rollercoaster ride. This book brings a lot of bitterness to reality. It pulls you back in time to that town as the story unfolds. Whether you support or do not support interracial relationships, you’ll see how what’s considered “loving the wrong person” can bring anguish and pain to a father and daughter, and also to the southern town they live in. In the Deep South, in the 60’s, fear can overshadow and over power the desires of the heart, but love can triumph always.
This book pulls you in close to the characters, the time, and the struggles. I found it very hard to put down. The story line flows so well you feel as if you’re watching the story unfold right in front of you. You will feel the characters’ pain and anguish. If you enjoy history and romance, then you will definitely enjoy the story.
This is a page-turner that will touch your heart. I would recommend it to everyone young and old.
-Reviewed by Barbara
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