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Sacrifice by Stephen French Whitman is a gripping and thought-provoking saga that intricately weaves together themes of love, betrayal, and forgiveness. Set in a small coastal town, the story follows the lives of three characters whose fates become inexorably entwined.

The book effortlessly transports readers into an atmospheric world where secrets simmer beneath the surface and the consequences of past choices continually reverberate through the lives of our protagonists. Whitman has a remarkable talent for creating vivid and multidimensional characters, each with their own hopes, dreams, and flaws. From the enigmatic artist struggling with personal demons to the resilient single mother determined to protect her child, the cast of characters is not only relatable but also remarkably authentic.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its exploration of sacrifice. Whitman masterfully delves into the various facets of sacrifice, from the sacrifices we make for the ones we love to the sacrifices demanded by societal expectations. The ethical dilemmas faced by the characters are thoughtfully examined, forcing readers to question their own beliefs and values. Furthermore, the intricate web of relationships and the characters' interactions with one another add layers of complexity to these sacrifices, creating a compelling narrative that never fails to captivate.

Whitman's prose is beautifully descriptive, effortlessly invoking the sights, sounds, and smells of the coastal setting. The vivid imagery conveys a sense of both the tranquility and the underlying tension that pervade the town. The author's attention to detail is evident, and the carefully crafted scenes transport readers into the hearts and minds of the characters.

However, while Sacrifice is a remarkable and enthralling read, it is not without minor flaws. The pacing occasionally drags, particularly in the middle sections, where the story seems to lose a bit of momentum. Additionally, some readers may find the multiple points of view and time jumps slightly disorienting initially. However, once acclimated to these narrative choices, they enhance the richness of the story.

In conclusion, Sacrifice is a masterfully written exploration of human nature, love, and the profound choices we make in life. With its engaging characters, evocative prose, and thought-provoking themes, Whitman's novel is a captivating read that will linger in readers' minds long after they turn the last page. Fans of literary fiction and those who relish a tale that delves deep into the human psyche will find themselves thoroughly engrossed by Sacrifice.

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SACRIFICE

by

STEPHEN FRENCH WHITMAN

Author of "Predestined," Etc.

[Frontispiece: "COME CLOSER, I WANT TO LOOK AT YOU."]

D. Appleton and Company New York :: 1922 :: London

Copyright, 1922, by D. Appleton and Company

Copyright, 1921 1922, by The Ridgway Company

SACRIFICE

PART ONE

CHAPTER I

Lilla Delliver's parents, killed in a railway accident, left their child a legacy other than the fortune that the New York newspapers mentioned in the obituaries.

The mother had been tall, blonde, rather wildly handsome, with the look of one of those neurotic queens who suppress under a proud manner many psychic disturbances. Painfully fastidious in her tastes, she had avoided every unnecessary contact with mediocrity. Reclining on a couch in her boudoir, she read French novels saturated with an exquisite sophistication. Then, letting the book slip from her fingers, she gazed into space, as listless as a lady immured in a seraglio on the Bosphorous. At night, if the opera was Tristan , she went down to her limousine with the furtive eagerness of a woman escaping from monotony into a secret world. She drove home with feverish cheeks, and when her husband spoke to her she gave him the blank stare of a somnambulist.

After a busy social season she was liable to melancholia... Continue reading book >>




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