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No Shame, No Fear (Quaker Trilogy #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  947 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews

A young Quaker girl and the son of a wealthy merchant face intolerance and persecution in this gripping historical novel that evokes the passion and idealism of young love.

"Don't cry. We won't be parted. I promise."

It is 1662, and England is reeling from the aftereffects of civil war, with its clashes of faith and culture. Susanna, a young Quaker girl, leaves her family to

Paperback, 297 pages
Published November 3rd 2003 by Walker Books
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Jun 23, 2014 Fran rated it really liked it
After seeing this in the Friends House bookshop, and in Meeting House libraries, for years I finally decided to borrow it from my Meeting House library. I'm looking forward to reading Forged in the Fire, the next book in the series, which I can also borrow from the MH library. I was also pleased to discover that there's a 3rd book in the series due out next month. Serendipity.

I believe this is the 1662 law mentioned in the book, if you wish to read it: If
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Mar 25, 2008 Caitlín (Ink Mage) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-ish
"He's not for thee," Susanna Thorn's mother tells her after she looks back at the handsome young man who made sure little Deb was unhurt after a fall on the road. But Susanna cannot keep his kind action and pleasing countenance from her head, even though he is clearly not a Friend. And William's thoughts, as it turns out, keep turning to the fascinating, pretty maid whose gaze lingers with him still, though she is a Quaker. What a surprise for both Will and Susanna when they happen upon each oth ...more
Steph Su
England, 1662, at the beginning of the Quaker prosecution. 15-year-old Susanna Thorn decides she’s old enough to get a job in town in order to support her Quaker family. 17-year-old William has just returned from Oxford, and his rags-to-riches father is encouraging him to be apprenticed to a good connection in London. Their paths cross accidentally one day in the middle of the road, and their lives are changed forever.

William finds himself inexplicably drawn to Susanna and her Quaker tradition.
Clare Cannon
Feb 02, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The narrative is told from the perspective of Susana, a young Quaker girl who moves to the city to find work and falls in love with the son of a rich merchant. The story takes place in England during the time when the Quakers were persecuted since they were regarded as heretics.

It is an interesting plot which presents good examples of courage and standing up for what you believe in.

However, as the love story between Susana and William progresses a lot of emphasis is put on the physical aspect
Jun 23, 2010 Ali rated it really liked it
No Shame, no Fear, is a poignant and sensitive account of the persecution of Quakers in the 17th century - in the early years of Charles II reign. 15 year old Quaker Susanna goes to work as a servant in the home of a Quaker woman who runs a print shop. Will the son of a wealthy local man, converts to Quakerism - a faith he has found himself interested in for some time. The two young people are from different worlds, and life is anything but easy for Quakers at this time, frequently arrested and ...more
Angie Taylor
Historical fiction, detailing events that occurred between the Quakers and the authorities/Church of England during the 1622 on. It's interesting to learn some of the events that may have taken place, however, the characters don't really develop until the very end. This makes for a story that is mediocre at times. The love story aspect is fun at the beginning, but starts to lull and doesn't really drive the story line like it could. A better book giving information on the religious persecution p ...more
A. R.
Jul 15, 2016 A. R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish I had known this was part of a trilogy!!! I got to the end and said...."That it? How unfulfilling." So know, going in that there is more to the story.

I was fascinated with the historical aspect of this story. I had no idea how the Quakers were persecuted in England in the 1600s. And of course, with modern sensibilities, some of it was hard to read. But the historical element of this book was well done. Right down to the stench from sewage running down the middle of the road to the difficult
Apr 22, 2007 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-lit
I didn't know anything about Quakers (other than what I'd picked up reading about other stuff, mostly the Underground Railroad) so that I didn't know they were persecuted. It's a very good book, not as depressing as most British kids' lit, and it made me want to research more about Quakers during the ??00s, and how they were persecuted. I mean really - was it that bad? Seems to me it's like killing Canadians, or hunting baby geese, but obviously someone felt threatened. Dumbasses.
Sep 21, 2007 elissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers, historical fiction fans
About 16th c. Quakers in England, and the persecution they endured. My favorite historical fiction novel (EVER, maybe, since I don't read that many of them), possibly because it also has a great romance. The sequel is good, but not as good as this one.
Apr 14, 2009 Sheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book and will probably read the sequel but it lacked a little in plot development. I could relate to the quakers and their convictions through persecution though.
On whole I found this book, to be a good insight into a Quaker's life in the sixteen hundreds. It told the reader about the troubles and prejudice they faced, and I thought this was good way to learn about these events.
The characters portrayed a good example of local life, as it was thought to be. However Will annoyed me, as he was so naive, he reminded me of Romeo, due to his eagerness to marry a younger girl, after only knowing her for a short period of time. Suzanna, on the other hand, was br
Sabrina Zee
Saya beli buku ini secara impulsif saja. Buku ini lagi diskon dan saya pikir sinopsisnya menarik. Historical dan ada unsur cinta terlarang. Aihh... (Apa sih?)

Buku ini dibagi dua sudut pandang, Will dan Susanna secara selang-seling. Sesuai sinopsisnya, ini memang kisah dua orang di masa kepercayaan dianggap tabu. Terus-terang saya tidak terlalu mengerti sistem kepercayaan apa yang dimaksud. Saya harus membuka Wikipedia dulu. Itu pun saya hanya baca sekilas.

Pada dasarnya, di zaman itu Inggris meme
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
England in 1662 is a country struggling with the aftermath of a civil war. Susanna is a fifteen-year-old Quaker girl who has left her country home to become a servant in the city. Seventeen-year-old Will, who comes from a wealthy family, has finished his studies and has now come to the same city as Susanna to begin his apprenticeship. When Will and Susanna meet, they fall in love. But they are of completely different social classes and religions, and there are many obstacles standing in their wa ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'He is not for thee Susannah."
"Don't cry, we won't be parted, I promise.' - Will

No Shame, No Fear is set in England 1662, just after the civil war and there are many disputes over religious faith and culture.
Susanna is a young Quaker girl who has left her home in a small countryside village to go to work as a servant in the town of Hemsbury after her father is in jail for his Quaker beliefs and the bailiffs have raided her home. In the community, the Quakers are a feared, hated by some because o
Apr 14, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13 and up
Recommended to Natalie by: Anne Osterlund
Shelves: favorites
Susanna Thorn is a Quaker during a time of great persecution in England. Quakers are being imprisoned, including Susanna's own father. Susanna has longed to go to a city for a while, so she volunteers to get work. A fellow Friend, Mary, runs a printing press and agrees to take her on as a servant. So Susanna sets of for the town of Hemsbury, and a new life.
Will Heywood is about to be apprenticed when he meets Susanna. His father hates Quakers and would never approve of their growing relationship
Oct 20, 2008 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-uns, ya
I first came across No Shame, No Fear in Adele Geras' review in The Guardian. I read and loved Troy and was interested in reading a book Geras said, "Needs a trumpet to be blown for it." The narrative alternates between two points of view--that of Susanna, a young Quaker girl, and William, a young man just home from Oxford. Set in England in 1662 just as the Quaker Act is passed, Susanna takes a job as an apprentice in a print shop to help provide for her family since her father has been incarce ...more
Aug 17, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older teen girls
William is the wealthy son of an alderman. He has a family duty to respect his father and the Church of England, which becomes a problem when Will finds himself a seeker of the Quaker religion. Susanna is a devout Quaker of fifteen years, struggling to help her family survive. Her father is in prison for refusing to pay tithes/fines to the Anglican church. Of course, these two fall in love, practically at first sight. Will and Susanna give their first person perspectives. The book is about their ...more
Feb 23, 2009 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical romance
In 1662 England, fifteen-year-old Susanna Thorn lives daily in the fear of her parents being arrested. Their crime? Quakerism. From a modern viewpoint, it is difficult to imagine what harm simple, honest, peaceful "Friends" could do. However, the right to worship freely did not exist in 1662 England. The church of England was THE religion. Those of other religious sects openly living their beliefs were at risk of persecution and even prosecution. The Quakers in particular, who believed in equali ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Susanna is a young Quaker woman used to the hardships and taunts thrown at her people. Will is the son of a wealthy merchant, used to fine cloth, servants, and the frivolities of his rank. When Susanna takes a job as an assistant in a bookseller’s house in the town, her life and Will’s collide. As Will slowly takes on the Quaker way of life, they fight persecution on all sides–from the government that wants to take thei
Feb 02, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Interesting story set in the 1660's about Susanna, a Quaker, and William, a boy from a middle class family. William makes a difficult decision to become a Quaker during a time period when there was no religious tolerance. A long the way he falls in love with Su. The story is more about the religious persecution Quakers endured than a live story, but the love between Will and Susanna makes No Shame, No Fear a good solid read.
Nov 17, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2008, historical
A touching story about a young man and woman who are trying to find their place in the world. The book is told from two perspectives - Susanna and William. Susanna is a Quaker and has moved to the city to find work to support her family. William is a wealthy young man who is intrigued by the light and honesty of the Quakers and by Susanna. She is open, honest and unlike any of the girls in his society. William is intrigued with her faith and is drawn into her community even though his family dis ...more
Ryan Forgy
I'm not a big fan of religious books, and only read this because it was a gift from my cousin. I had a hard time feeling sympathy for any of the characters, and found the protagonists annoying. IF you're into religious books, ignore my review because the writing itself was wonderful, I just didn't enjoy the story and felt a disconnect from the characters.
Susanna Thorn is a Quaker girl of 15. Her father is in jail when we meet her, convicted for his beliefs. She goes to the town of Helmsbury to work to help support her family. William is the son of a successful merchant, newly returned from Oxford and primed to begin an apprenticeship with a London merchant that will enable him to obtain wealth and travel. But William has encountered the Friends in the past, and is attracted to their ways - and to Susanna.

This is a story of love (romantic and lo
Helen C
Aug 17, 2015 Helen C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adults
Takes place in 1662 in England reeling from the aftereffects of civil war, with its clashes of faith and culture. This is a story that speaks across centuries, telling of the fight to stay true to what is most important, in spite of parents, society, and even the law.
Jan 14, 2014 Nanci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Young adult historical fiction about the Quakers in England and the persecution they had to undergo because their religion didn't conform to the Church of England. I knew that the Quakers left England to the New World to escape religious persecution but I didn't really know that much about their religion and the climate in England during that time frame. I can't say how accurate it all is but I thought it was well written and I liked it. Somewhat earthy. Cute little romance with the story. It wa ...more
Jul 28, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up on a whim. I'm usually wary of books about faith as I don't like preaching. However this was not a problem with NO SHAME, NO FEAR even though the center of the story is Faith. It is Su overcoming her fear of the repercussions of living her religion. It is Will facing the shame from his family for his choices. It is discovering the power to overcome being thrown in jail and spit on and beat and to continue a chosen course of action knowing it will happen again. I could relat ...more
May 16, 2015 Josephine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as literary as the last book I read but a darn sight more exciting. Great pace and interesting to read about how dreadful the persecution of friends was.
Jun 04, 2014 Alaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greatest love story I have ever read!! Every person who loves drama and/or romance should read this book. It's a must read
Mar 01, 2010 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I enjoy a good historical fiction when I can get my hands on it. Turnbull's novel is set in 1662 England and the main character is Quaker girl Susanna Thorn. At this time, there is great persecution toward the Quakers, in fact, any sect other than the Church of England. Susanna's parents are farmers,but she needs a wage and she goes to Hembury to work with a fellow Quaker printer. Susanna falls in love with Will Heywood, the son of a wool merchant and a young man who is seeking a new spir ...more
Set in the 1600s in England, shortly after the end of Cromwell's repressive rule, Quakers are still subject to religious persecution, violence, jail, and deep suspicion. When her father is imprisoned for refusing to tithe to the Church of England, Susanna moves to a small city in order to earn a living and contribute to her family's finances. There she meets William, scholar, and son of the town alderman. William is both intrigued with Susanna and with the Quaker religion, and risks his father's ...more
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Ann Turnbull has written numerous books for young readers, including No Shame, No Fear and Forged in the Fire. She lives in Shropshire, England.
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