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Reviewed by Catholic Fiction

posted Mar 24, 2013, 6:53 PM by Walter Kreucher
Do you remember your first love? Most do. We carry that first love deeply hidden in our hearts, but that hidden love remains. First love is that overpowering, head-over-heels feeling that we experience in our tender youth and it often teaches us how to need and respond to others. It prepares us for that special person with whom we ultimately share our life. Unfortunately, relatively few of us find the unending type of love the first time around. Yet that first love is so special that we never forget it. Forty years after losing his first love, Wally, now happily married, attends the funeral of dee’s (spelled with a small d) father. And in that meeting renews the memory of a love that both elated and crushed him so many years ago.

Walt Kreucher’s tale is related during a dinner, as Wally tells his story to Corrine, his first love’s teenage daughter. While this is an interesting and unique backdrop for his story there are times when the thought of an older man talking to a younger woman with such passion made this reader a little uncomfortable. However, the story that is related is both powerful and interesting.

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