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.
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About the Author
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she’s written for Calgary’s Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
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My Review: I recieved this book for a fair and honest review.I’ve been a fan of this author for awhile. She has a writing style that transports you into the story. You feel the emotions of the characters and can’t put the book down. You want, no you need to find out what happens next. This is the 3rd book I’ve read by her. I love books about the South and how things were in history. I can’t imagine what it was like to live in a time when whites and blacks were treated differently. Everyone should be treated equally no matter the color of their skin. I can’t imagine how things were for Alison. Everything she knew in the world was changing. She finds a dead body of a deceased black man that was beat to death. It makes her thing differently and see the world in a different light. We see her go from a naive farm girl to a grown woman making her own choices of what she believes. I highly enjoyed this book. I read it in 2 days. What I really loved about this book is the fact that the author let you choose between reading it with or without the southern dialect, that is unique. Sometimes the southern dialect is hard to read. I personally chose to read it without the southern dialect.