Ain't No Sunshine

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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....
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453772645
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/3/2011
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 1,041,195
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie DuBois lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and two children. She also writes under the name Sybil Nelson.
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Wow!!!!

    This book had me completely engrossed. It only took me about 2 hours to finish it was that good. Thw twist at the end made my jaw drop. If you dont mind being disturbed a little or minor grammatical issues this is the book for you!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    A book you wana read

    Amazing book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Loved it!!

    Could not put it down!.....and the ending....WOW!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

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    A MUST READ

    I could not put down my Nook I had to know what was going to happen next. The story line is awesome and it never gets dull, it took me a total of 4.5 hours to finish. Sad it ended but ecstatic about the ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

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    This story WOWED me!

    I was drawn in immediately. The narration kept me glued. Imagery is strong. Dialogue is believable & engaging. I was moved by the characters. Stephen Phillips is interrogated by a Chicago police officer. "Did you do it, Stephen?" The officer places gruesome photos of Reverend Phillips' bloody corpse on the table, but Stephen refuses to look at them. "Why don't you look at your father's mutilated body? Beaten to death with a shovel outside his own home." The officer again asks Stephen if he murdered the man who lay dead in Virginia. The same man who raised and loved him for eighteen years. Stephen replies, "My father never loved me. Never." When the goading doesn't get the desired response, he attempts another tactic-including Stephen's girlfriend Ruthie into the conversation. Excerpt: "Maybe I'll just have to ask that pretty little colored girlfriend of yours," he said, staring at Ruthie's picture and licking his lips. "You leave her out of this." My hands clenched into fists. "I don't know if I can do that. She seems to be pretty involved...Your father is found dead at your home in Virginia and you're found seven hundred miles away with a Negro whore." He didn't get to finish his thought. I leapt across the table and started pounding his face in. ...I'd gladly go to jail for killing that man. He deserved to die. I just didn't want Ruthie to get dragged into this. ...one of us deserved a chance to be happy. After the room settles, another officer enters. Lieutenant Drake has a friendlier, gentle approach, and Stephen begins to soften. Excerpt: "Why are you running? You know running only makes you look guilty and I don't really believe you killed your father. I don't think you're capable." I stared at him. "You have no idea what I'm capable of. You have no idea what that man did to me." "You're right. I don't," he said, trying to hide his surprise at my response... "So why don't you tell me? You obviously have a story and you need someone to listen. ...Tell me everything." Stephen's story flows. He tells about Ruthie, and how their friendship eventually blossomed into a powerful love as they grew-despite the fact that loving a 'colored' was forbidden. He remembered staring up at the colored balcony in his father's church when he was six years old, trying to catch a glimpse of his beautiful Ruthie. He paid for it when he got home with a beating. That didn't stop his love for Ruthie. He refused to let his father take the one thing in his life that brought him true happiness. He tells the officer about the lifetime of abuse he, his brother (Matthew), and mother (Marjorie) endured by the hands of the cherished small town Virginia reverend, Theodore Phillips. His father's explosive anger and violence plagued him every day. After years of violent abuse, Matthew disappeared, and Marjorie suffered mercilessly until becoming an empty shell; but Stephen endured by retreating into that loved part of his heart. The beautiful part that Ruthie filled. Stephen divulges the ordeals that cursed his life leading to the day Theodore Phillips died. He reveals the eccentricities, secrets, and atrocities his father kept concealed behind his reverend cloak, and in the end, the truth behind the reverend's death. Upon completing this novella, I felt somewhat changed. It is a sad story with victories, and a terrifying tale with soft a

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Best

    This book has many turns and twist but the best one is the last one. I didnt want to put this book down. A MUST read!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Wow

    I couldn't put this book down. It was amazing and had a lot of twist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Amazing

    Could not put it down it was just that good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Good Read!!

    WOW!! I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics played out between Stephen and Ruthie. Can we say family secrets? Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    O.k.

    The story was ok except i found it a little sexist even for the 1950s At first i thought it was a romance noval but than i got confused because the boy seemed so wishy washy. Plus they make most the women in this book look like shallow weak pagent girls who should just be on display at a department store and wont stand up for what they know is right. But it was still interesting for the most part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    NASTY

    Look you might think this book is good but dont you realize that is why its free this book is bad some scenes are bit not fir young readers they made this book free so kids wont have to spend monry on it the logic is so pure mine of course nit the books KEEP AWAY FROM THIS BOOK AT ALL TIMES ARCHIVE IT PLEASE ITS 4YOUR PWN GOID PEOPLE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Awesome!

    I have to admit this was hard to put down. And to think, I had this book on my shelf for months before I got to it. The story was gripping right from the start and the ending had me throwed. I totally didnt see it coming. Dont be like me and sleep on this one. Read it now! You wont be able to put it down, trust me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    OMG! Couldn't Stop Reading!

    Such a good story! Read it in less than 24hours. Unbelievably gripping from the moment the story begins. The unexpected twist at the end was great. Simply a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Good read.

    I like this book. I was surprise. Liked it a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Amaaaaaaaazing!!!!!!!!!

    I enjoyed reading this book so much, that I hated that it had to end!!!!!! This book had a lot of shocking moments, and had me engrossed from page one!!!!!!! I dont want to give the story away, but this is a must read!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Best book I have read in years

    This was an amazing story that grabbed me from the very first page. The character development was wonderful and the ending truly took my breath away! If you read one book this year, read this one!

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

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    A Must Read!

    I was captivated from the very first page. We often see a love story between interracial couples having a black male character and a white female character. I enjoyed the switch up and also seeing a prejudice white female parental figure and the white male lead having to stand up and defend his love of a young black woman. It was intense at times and loving just the same. I have recommended this book to several of my friends.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Highly recommended! Couldn't put this book down.

    This was a must read book. I just couldn't put the book down. The ending caught me by surprise. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Highly Recommend this one

    I loved, loved, loved this book. Kept my interest all the way through and I didn't see the end coming as it did. I highly recommend everyone reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Ummm ok

    Uh sure it was good

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