Ceremony of the Innocent Author:Taylor CValdwell From a life of servitude in a small Pennsylvania town, Ellen Watson is catapulted into a life she was never prepared to live - a life she never quite believes herself worthy. As the bride of Jeremy Porter, scion of a wealthy eastern family, she enters into a world of politics, wealth, and power, a world where hypocrisy and ruthlessness reign. — ... more »And against the backdrop of a crumbling American Dream, as a nation comes fully of age and faces the First World War, Ellen loses the one man who can protect her . . and a country loses the man who perhaps could have saved it from the raw and brutal ambition of the sons of Cain.
This is a story of a tragic woman and a tragic country. It is two stories, but they parallel each other and often touch and briefly merge, and at the end they are one.
There is an old saying, "Only a man can hurt himself. But only a man can hurt a woman."« less