Ain’t No Sunshine

Ain't No Sunshine

Ain’t No Sunshine

Title: [amazon asin=B00408AYJU&text=]
Author: Leslie DuBois
Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published: August 21st 2010 by Little Prince Publishing

Though it is against the law in 1960s Virginia, Stephen Phillips wants to marry his colored neighbor, Ruthie. Growing up in a physically abusive home, his love for Ruthie was the only thing that helped him survive. Instead of giving in to social and family prejudice, Stephen decides to fight for love. And it’s a fight that could lead to murder. Racism and revenge darken this psychological drama set against the backdrop of the segregated South.

Ain’t No Sunshine is an absolutely riveting story which starts with Stephen and Ruthie on the run,  getting caught and charged with the murder of Stephen’s  father.  The story consists entirely of Stephen telling the cops of their innocence and taking them right back to where the story began.  Interracial love, domestic violence, intrigue, suspicion, child abuse are all elements of this book. The characterization is brilliant. You start loving or hating the characters as they emerge. The contrived ending is a bit of a let down. 🙁

However, the twists and turns in the plot make it a difficult book to put down.





Today I’m on A of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.

A special thanks to Arlee Bird the creator of the challenge.


About CorinneRodrigues

A Mumbai-based blogger, writer, motivator - journeying happily through midlife. I blog here and on Write Tribe and From 7Eight. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+


  1. Looks like an interesting read.

  2. I’ve always been fascinated by black literature (African American, if you want to be politically correct). This one must have been interesting.

    • I’m not sure that this could entirely be classified as African American literature, Cynthia, as it was written from a white boy’s perspective. It was quite gripping.

  3. Looks interesting .. Although I am not too fond of murder mysteries and Drama !

  4. You make the book sound so interesting. I thought of the song “Ain’t no sunshine” when I saw the title of your post so was good to hear it too.

  5. It seems like a good read, nice plot. It’s a nice way of getting to know about good books to read, thanks for this.

  6. Sounds very interesting! Will check it out…

  7. Never heard of it. Will try watching 🙂

  8. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review, Corinne!

  9. Sounds great too bad the ending isn’t the best. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Corinne, will I ever keep up will all the reading I have to do?

  11. Sounds like a fascinating read, Corinne. Thanks for the recommendation!

  12. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the review:))

  13. Sounds very interesting but will save this for the vacations. I hate to rush through books like these. Damn I need a kindle now!

  14. What attracted me to the post was the title of your post..It is one of my favorite songs…Ain’t No Sunshine..
    A great start to the Blogger Challenge, Corinne! Thumbs Up!

  15. I’d not heard of this book, and am not sure I can cope with a story about racism. I’d probably end up feeling too angry (even though I’m well aware it existed).

  16. Very interesting plot. Shal let you know my view when I pick it up.

  17. The story line sounds fascinating. I saw a mention of this book on Goodreads. Interracial romance always makes for an interesting read. I like the idea of the book trailer.

    Thanks – I am going to find and read this book.

    Happy A to Z -eding!

    • I got it free off Amazon, Vidya – it wouldn’t have been something that I would have picked otherwise! 😉 But then it turned out to be a good read.
      Book trailers are becoming quite the thing to do these days.
      Happy A to Z-eding to you too!

  18. I love stories about segregation, their hardships and victory! This challenge has already recommended some great books to me! Thanks, Corrine!

    • Can’t imagine that people lived in times like those, Linda. But then there’s various kinds of segregation still existing these days. 🙁
      Yes – I too am adding a lot to my ‘want-to-read’ list via the challenge.

  19. Hi there!

    I found you via Twitter for the A to Z blogging challenge.

    My aunt and uncle were married in the 50’s and because they were not the same race, they actually had to book separate rooms on their honeymoon! This book sounds like an interesting peek into a time in history with a fast paced plot to boot.

    Happy A to Z-ing to you!


    • Thanks for coming by, Tui. Your aunt and uncle must have had several stories to tell themselves. Looking forward to reading your posts too. The first one sounds so interesting. Am off to read it!

  20. Interesting. Adding it to my never-ending, Goodreads to-read list. Good luck for the challenge

  21. Sounds interesting. I will have to check it out!


  22. This sounds like a wonderfully powerful book.

  23. Looks like one for the “to read” pile and thanks for your honest opinion of the ending!

  24. Another one goes to ‘to read’ list. I have till now loved all your recommendations Corinne and am sure will love this too.

  25. goes right in my to read list

  26. The title of the book is O! so good. Looks to be a promising book. And your short and crisp review has left me wanting for more.

  27. I love the variety of books you manage to read and hence look forward to your reviews to add to my to-be-read list!


  28. G Angela says:

    I watched the trailor, very powerful communication, I have not tried reading these kind of books, need to try some times. Thanks for sharing !

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