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New Memoir Validates Unforgotten Star-Crossed Love

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FORT MYERS, Fla., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the better pieces of advice given to writers is to write what you know. Violeta Barrett does just that in her compelling memoir, "FIRST LOVE, Just Once in a Lifetime." Inspired by a dream that literally transported her back in time, Violeta wrote her true love story about a forbidden love, kept secret for 50 years.

In 1956, Violeta had been working for a Wall Street investment firm more than a decade. Dealing with a painful separation from her husband and feeling overworked and stressed, 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.

At first, Violeta falls in love with the music, the scenery and the people of Mexico, unaware that her own beauty has captured Jorge's heart from the very beginning. But without realizing her vulnerability and sudden happiness, after one fateful kiss with Jorge, Violeta falls in love with him. Believing it to be just a romantic interlude, Violeta stays on in Acapulco instead of completing the tour. But Jorge pleads with her to return to Mexico City to spend the remaining days together. Violeta, confused and uncertain, decides to follow her heart. Their time together reinforces their love, but reality calls Violeta back to her obligations and plaintively leaves Jorge behind.

Readers experience the long-distance romance through narrative and letters. Barrett has to decide if Jorge is her destiny. Through the more than 70 love letters she would receive from Jorge for the next few years, the two shared a forbidden passion -- until the forces of morality prevail. Their heartfelt story proves that true love is not affected by time. It is ageless. It is eternal.

Kirkus Reviews, the world's toughest book critic, writes: The book tells a story of endless love that comes but "solamente una vez en la vida," and leaves the reader wanting more. A memoir that has the courage to believe in eternal love, despite the pain. - August 3, 2011

Recently published in Spanish as "PRIMER AMOR Solamente Una Vez en la Vida: Una Memoria," Violeta received an enviable review from Kirkus dated November 7, 2011.

The debut of Violeta Barrett as a biographer narrates through letters and pictures a true story of an exciting love adventure in Mexico in the 1950s between an American tourist and a local guide.

Barrett avoids the extremely sweet and traditional love story focusing on the landscapes, the people and the traditions of Mexico, details that give strength and interest to the story. Her description of the native towns such as Patzcuaro and the urban centers like Mexico City are realistic and romantic at the same time, a difficult balance to achieve. The letters and the photos that accompany their romance make the story realistic and reinforce the authenticity of the memories, making it more than just a love story.

In general, the letters, photographs and original descriptions of the Mexican experience add the necessary elements to make this a memorable story.

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Violet Niggl/Violeta Barrett (239) 768 6511


iUniverse, 1-800-288-4677 (English version); Palibrio, 877-407-5847 (Spanish version)

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