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A. G. Moye
on Dec. 02, 2013 :
Severa; Gripping short stories about each of the writer's first love, some are raw but worth reading. Grabs you from the strt with actual details of their first love and love lost by many along with how it affected their lives and future relationships. Most hold first love in their hearts never to be opened again. A quick read and you will want to keep reading to see how First Love was for each of them. A.G.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 15, 2013 :
First Love offers eight personal recollections of love, from gentle holding-hands-in-school stuff right up to near-self-destructive-rollercoaster-lives. For all their diversity, these are well written, well paced stories. Common theme aside, what really ties these together is an honest awareness of what the writers discovered and cherish about a deeply significant human relationship – that happens only once. Most of these writers managed to touch both the feeling me and the thinking me – no easy trick.
Like all collections, not everything pleases all readers. Two offerings here are, to my mind, out of place. The closing piece, “Mo Mhuirnin”, is fiction. Well written as it is, it doesn’t ‘shelve’ with real life. Were I to come across it in the fiction section, I would likely read, and enjoy, it. The other misplaced story strays too far away from human relationships [nothing icky here, just doesn’t belong]. Perhaps if the approach was to my taste, I might think otherwise. I am sure other readers will smile or laugh their way through “My Kentucky Girl”. That’s OK.
A good read in two easy sittings.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)