Saturday, November 13, 2010

Book Review: Sacrifices In The Name of Love By Vanessa Johnson

by Robert Medak

Book: Sacrifices in the Name of Love
Author: Vanessa Johnson

Summary:

Sacrifices In The Name of Love
is about a young High School girl named Tessa and the new neighbors the Martins. Being young and hormonal Tessa and Trey Martin begin an unprotected sexual relationship.

Tessa becomes pregnant. She is scared of what her father will think if the child is black like the Martins are. For most of Tessa’s life, her father has been spouting racist rhetoric. She fears for herself and the unborn child.

She concocts a cover story to answer why she is pregnant. The story works and she wants to carry the baby to term and keep it.

Once in the delivery room Tessa sees the child has dark skin. Fearing for herself and the child Tessa signs over her parental rights to the father, Trey; she asks the nurses not to say anything to her mother in the waiting room, not to tell her mother what room she is in.

When released the following day, Tessa leaves town to parts unknown.

Four years later she returns home to find that things have changed drastically. She hires a private investigator to find Trey since the Martins moved almost as soon as they came home with the baby Tyler from the relationship between Tessa and Trey.

Review:

I normally do not read this type of story. However, Vanessa has written a wonderful tale of the south where some people still have problems dealing with racial issues, and the concept of an interracial child is a child disowned by both races.

How the story plays out between Tessa and Trey while they are in the same High School is a story that can happen anywhere and at any time. A young girl whose father spouts racial epithets has to deal with an unwanted pregnancy, but decides she wants the child.

I found the story to be enthralling and wanted to read more.

Although not my normal type of story I would recommend Sacrifices In The Name of Love to anyone that enjoys reading.

There is much that Tessa needs to make up for, will she? Reading Sacrifices In The Name of Love will answer this question and any others the reader may have.

2 comments:

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Thanks for taking the time to read and review my book. I truly appreciate it and am happy that you enjoyed reading my book.

Beyond Beautifulbabe said...

Sounds like an interesting read.
www.beyondbeautifulbabe.com

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