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Sacrifices In The Name of Love

by Vanessa Alexander Johnson

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Sacrifices In The Name of Love surprised me. At first I thought it was a teen romance but the more I read the more I got into the story. It is an interesting look into how one lie can change the lives of so many. The main character’s father held a secret that had it been revealed sooner would have changed the course of her life. The characters at first seem immature because of their initial actions but as the story progresses, their maturity comes through. They are forced to make some tough choices but they become smart choices. Again this story has many layers and the characters are all flawed but their flaws help to make them more realistic. Their flaws are issues that affect many people and this makes the characters more relatable. The ironic twists in this story also make it very enjoyable. This couple truly deserved a happy ending.

In Sacrifices In The Name of Love by Vanessa Alexander Johnson, teenager Tessa Phillips’ feelings for Trey Martin are doomed from day one because of her father’s bigotry. Tessa is White and Trey is Black and her father makes no secret of his dislike for Blacks. When Trey and Tessa’s careless couplings result in an unplanned pregnancy, Tessa is forced to make not just one but two major Sacrifices In The Name of Love. She gives birth to Trey’s son but leaves him in his father’s care and runs away without looking back. Trey is grateful that Tessa leaves the baby with him but he is hurt that she does not love him enough to stay and fight for their relationship. Years later, Tessa still has nightmares and the regret of the decision she made. She decides to return home to mend fences. She is saddened to learn her father has passed on and Trey, her son and his family have moved away. A quest to find her son and first love ensue. Tessa eventually finds Trey and their son but the pain of her abandonment still hurts and may be more than Trey can forgive.

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