Little Sacrifices - Jamie Scott (aka Michele Gorman)

4.5 Stars!

How much would you risk to stand up for your beliefs?

When Duncan and Sarah Powell move with their daughter, May, to Savannah Georgia in 1947, they hope against hope that they’ll be welcomed. But they’re Yankees and worse, they’re civil rights advocates almost a decade too early.

At first May can pretend they’re the same as everyone else. It means keeping quiet when she knows she should speak up, but it’s worth the sacrifice to win friends. Unfortunately her parents are soon putting their beliefs into action. And when they wake to find that they’re the only family on the block with a Ku Klux Klan cross blazing on their front lawn, the time comes for them to finally decide between what’s easy and what’s right.

Jamie Scott is the pen name of Michele Gorman, the USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author who writes romantic comedy under her own name.
Michele Gorman is the USA TODAY bestselling author of eight romantic comedies. Born and raised in the US, Michele has lived in London for 16 years. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films but objects to spiders and the word "portion".

You can find out more about Michele by following her on twitter or Facebook and by reading her blog or website. Do chat with her online - she's always looking for an excuse to procrastinate!


Well this was quite an impressive, amazing book! If it weren't for the very slow beginning I would have given it 5 stars. A very serious book with a very serious subject matter, one that is dear to my heart - prejudice.  I often say that the only people that I am prejudice against is prejudice people.

I loved that this took place in Savannah! I lived in Savannah for a couple years in the 80's. And even in the 80's it was so different than living in NY! There was so much prejudice against the blacks I couldn't stand it.  I used to call my mother and cry on the phone. An activist Yankee, she could have been writing about me! Savannah is such a beautiful and historical city, its too bad there is so much hate in it. This book took place in the 40's so I am sure you can imagine. This story reminded me a little bit of The Help.

Then there is the other part of the book - a journal that takes place in the 1800's, that part is good as well! I couldn't decide which part I liked better.

Excellent character development, even in the journal. Although it was slow developing for me, but it did get there and the characters ended up wonderful! I loved them all. Even May's stuck up snobby popular friends were perfectly done. They could have been in "Mean Girls".

This book has so much - racism, scandal, suspense, warmth, acceptance, and love! Its not all just about racism either. There is an unplanned pregnancy (or two!) and a lot of teen angst. And to top it all off - a perfect ending. not necessarily a happy ending, but a believable one. In real life not all endings are happy.

I also want to say that I loved that she followed up with all the characters in the epilogue. I love when books do this - tell what happens to everyone in the future. Everything wrapped up in a bow.

Three cheers for Michele Gorman for attacking such a brave, controversial subject matter!

Thank you Michele for sending me this book for my honest review!

Get your copy from amazon - HERE


  1. Thanks so much, I'm so happy that you enjoyed Little Sacrifices! xo

  2. This sounds very interesting and a wonderful cover!


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