First Love: Just Once in a Lifetime: a Memoir

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iUniverse, Feb 9, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 221 pages
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By 1956 Violeta Barrett had been working for a Wall Street investment firm more than a decade. Recently separated from her husband and feeling overworked, Violeta decided to vacation in Mexico. After her plane landed in Mexico City, a stranger with a deep, accented voice introduced himself as her tour guide. Violeta and Jorge had no idea they were about to begin a four-year romance that would endure the test of time and distance.

In her compelling memoir, Violeta shares a nostalgic and emotional journey where principles, love, and obligations collide and force unexpected decisions. Energized by the Mexican culture and Jorges charm, Violeta is soon caught up in the joy of being loved. But before long she must return to her obligations, leaving Jorge behind. Through the more than seventy love letters she would receive from Jorge for the next few years, the two share a forbidden passionuntil the forces of morality prevail.

Nearly fifty years ago, Violeta and Jorge fell in love, changing their lives forever. Their heartfelt story proves that true love is not affected by time. It is ageless. It is eternal.

 

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At around thirty years of age in 1956, Violeta had already been working for more than ten years at a Wall Street investment firm. During that time, she had also married, but separated from her husband ... Read full review

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First Love: Just Once in a Lifetime: A Memoir is a non-fiction memoir written by Violeta Barrett. Barrett was a young career woman when she went on a
vacation to Mexico in the summer of 1956. She had been working for an investment firm on Wall Street for ten years since graduating from school, and was separated from her husband of two years. The upcoming trip seemed like a thrilling adventure and, when she arrived at the Mexico City airport, the first person she met there was her tour guide, Jorge, from Felicity Tours. The tour through Mexico proved to be every bit as exciting as she had hoped from the very first day, and she soon found herself falling in love with the romance, culture and history of the country. She also fell in love with Jorge, though they had just a few days to share exclusively with each other. Their romance continued after her return to the States through their correspondence. Though the two of them were never able to fulfill their deepest dream of being together forever, they shared a close and indelible bond that transcended all else. Barrett's memoir is followed by the letters Jorge sent her from the time she left Mexico until July, 1960.
Violeta Barrett's nonfiction memoir, First Love: Just Once in a Lifetime: A Memoir, is a beautifully written and heartwarming tribute to the man who captured the author's heart and never quite let it go. This is a bittersweet tale of love that is simply and honestly told in the author's words, which are echoed so marvelously in Jorge's letters from long ago. I kept thinking to myself how different the ending might have been if Barrett's romance had begun more recently, even while I marveled that these two lovers were able to maintain their amazing romance despite the geographical and cultural challenges. Barrett includes a number of photographs taken during her holiday in her memoir and the happiness on her and Jorge's faces shines clear and bright even some fifty odd years later. I was enchanted by their fairytale romance even if there wasn't to be, at least in this life, a happily ever after. First Love: Just Once in a Lifetime: A Memoir is most highly recommended.
 

Contents

ONE
1
TWO
5
THREE
8
FOUR
11
FIVE
15
SIX
17
SEVEN
20
EIGHT
26
TWELVE
37
THIRTEEN
40
FOURTEEN
42
FIFTEEN
44
Violeta and Jorge
47
JORGES LETTERS
53
TRANSLATION
199
Our Love Song
202

NINE
29
TEN
32
ELEVEN
35
References
205
About the Author
207
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About the author (2011)

Violeta Barrett, a Brooklyn transplant, moved from Canada to Ft. Myers, Florida, where she resides today, following her second husband’s death. She has been published in the anthology Beyond Coping, and her poetry and writings have been printed in her local newspapers. FIRST LOVE received the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for 2012 winner ih the Category of Memoir. Her passions are classical music, travel, photography, and, of course, love.

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