Friday, April 29, 2016
No Shame, No Fear, by Ann Turnbull
A stunning and gritty portrayal of the brutal persecution of the early Quakers. The novel badly needed some historical notes to explain to readers what was depicted (it helped tremendously that I have just read George Fox's Journal a few months ago). But aside from the fact that the novel will confuse people, I found it compelling. The two lovers are endearing in their passionate youthful obsession with each other, but the commitment they make to their faith makes an even stronger impression. It's a fascinating historical adventure with a sequel that I am looking forward to reading.