- By Nancy Rossman

First Love, Last Dance

  • Title: First Love, Last Dance
  • Author: Nancy Rossman
  • ISBN: 9781441580979
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • First Love Last Dance My mother Elise fell in love for the first time at Peter was his name She became engaged to him at but didn t marry him until she was Elise didn t marry him because her mother disapproved

    My mother, Elise, fell in love for the first time at 19 Peter was his name She became engaged to him at 21 but didn t marry him until she was 75 Elise didn t marry him because her mother disapproved, shocking by todays standard.The book is not only about the early romance, but what happened to my mother in the fifty four years that they were apart I certainly knewMy mother, Elise, fell in love for the first time at 19 Peter was his name She became engaged to him at 21 but didn t marry him until she was 75 Elise didn t marry him because her mother disapproved, shocking by todays standard.The book is not only about the early romance, but what happened to my mother in the fifty four years that they were apart I certainly knew about Peter because he called every year on her birthday, much to my dad s delight He loved to tease her and didn t have a jealous bone in his body I, however, was curious about the boyfriend and why he continued to call my mother What did he want How did she feel about it Had she loved him than my father It is rare to find love once, but twice I think she did And she got what it is rare in life a second chance.

    1 thought on “First Love, Last Dance

    1. I won this book on First Reads and was really excited to read it. I am a romantic at heart and the idea of someone finally ending up with their first love sounded like a perfect story. Yet I found it hard to get into this book and never quite finished it. This book has many characters (friends of her mother, aunts, and uncles, etc.) that are never fully developed and just muddled and confused the story for me. I often found myself paging back to figure out just who was the person saying the curr [...]

    2. I loved this story. It makes you look at your own life and wonder is this really were I want to be? In some ways I wish I had a mother that would have told me to either marry this man or not to. In this story though I wanted to tell Elise don't listen to her but kids did what they were told back then. I felt Elise was really never happy until later in life when she met up with her true love. It's too bad it took so long and look at everything they missed doing together. Clearly the choices we ma [...]

    3. The title says it all and you must read to understand the emotions involved with Elise's first love. I enjoyed reading this memoir and peeking in on the life of Nancy and her family. I'm a big believer in karma and somewhere out there is your soulmate. Your paths are destined to cross. What you do with that opportunity can be a feeling of regret or happiness. Truly the stars must have been aligned for Elise and for Nancy to see the potential for a great book!

    4. I won this book through the First Reads Giveaway program. I was really excited to read it beacause I adore books that are about romance. I also enjoy reading memoirs. Unfortunately, this book disappointed me a little bit. I expected greater emphasis to be placed on Elise and Peter's relationship. I understand why the author doesn't focus so much on Elise's relationship with peter, but I found myself a little bored throughout most of the book. It was hard for me to get into and I found some parts [...]

    5. Nancy Rossman was given the talent to be a storyteller! First Love, Last Dance was a joy to read. Ms. Rossman's memoir spans her childhood on a farm in Ohio. She writes about the chores to take care on what becomes a big farm. I am a city girl,however, her descriptions put me right along side the characters. Yes, it is a love story! I do not want to spoil the relationship between her Mother and a man who calls every year on her birthdaye Father is not concerned with this man. The theme of a firs [...]

    6. I won this book through , and excited to receive it in the mail. A story of life on the farm, family, love, loss, an how love never dies.

    7. First, I received this book through a First Reads giveaway, and I appreciated the opportunity to read it. It was a quick read and an interesting story. I'm going to preface this by saying that the only two memoirs I've read in the past were by Madeleine L'Engle Franklin and Pearl S. Buck -- both of whom had a lifetime of published books under their belts, wrote in an older style (which I prefer), and were writing in the first person. On to this memoir: the story of Elise's life is beautiful. I t [...]

    8. 'We had the sunrise, now we'll have the sunset . . . We just missed the day.'Spoilers in reviews can't really mar this delightful tale of thwarted love finally refound late in life; the outcome is no secret. Knowing what it was (going to be) grabbed my interest from the start and my involvement steadily grew as I found myself waiting for the elderly protagonists to hurry up and get it together.The early part of the book, describing the author's growing up on a farm in Ohio was very evocative and [...]

    9. Nancy Rossman's book First Love, Last Dance was a very good book and most certantly a most read. This book is about how her parents met and how they fell in love according to what was told to her and what she wrote about in her own words and other things she witness as she was growing up. I like the story she tells about in the book when things werent going well on the farm her mother got an offer of a teaching job if she went back to school and got her credits and sure enough her mom was strong [...]

    10. I received First Love, Last Dance from First reads. The plot seemed to move really slowly for me. This could have been because it is a memoir and real life doesn't usually happen so quickly and with such excitement, but the amount of backtracking done in this book lost me. I could never be sure quite where in the timeline I stood. One chapter we were with the author during her childhood on the farm, the next we were propelled backwards to her mother's college life. To be fair I didn't finish re [...]

    11. A beautiful memoir about Elise, and how her first love, Peter, had never died throughout the years. Elise was engaged to Peter but ended up marrying another man, Rich. Nancy, the author, is the oldest daughter of Elise and Rich. Nancy is a fantastic storyteller as proven in this book by exploring her mothers past and telling the story of how she met both Peter and Rich, what her life was like with Rich, and how she ended up catching up with Peter.I loved this book and it really shows readers tha [...]

    12. I won this book as a FirstRead.First Love, Last Dance is touted as the story of a couple who fell in love at 19, got engaged at 21, but did not get married until age 75. While I enjoyed the story of Elise's life as presented by her daughter, I felt that very little of the book focused on the love story of Peter and Elise. Most of the book talked about Elise's life in between dating Peter as a teenager and marrying him late in life. I was disappointed to hear almost nothing of Peter's side of thi [...]

    13. Elise seems like a remarkable person and is blessed with a tight knit group of family and friends. I felt connected to them as I read their intriguing story. It must have been extraordinarily difficult to choose between two seemingly wonderful men so early on in life. Although Elise did not choose to be with her first love initially, he persisted in staying in touch with her throughout both of their lives until they could finally be together. How romantic. Nancy did a super job writing this comp [...]

    14. I really enjoyed First Love, Last Dance. It was such a sweet love story. Elise has led quite an interesting life and it seems like Nancy has too. What is great about this story is the message, which for me was perseverance. Who doesn't wonder about the one who got away or their first love? Elise shows us that the path we choose in life isn't a straight line. Life can take turns that you'd never expect & true love prevails, even if it may take time. I got a little weepy at the very end & [...]

    15. Goodread's first-read giveaway.Rating: 3.5/5A memoir about the author's mother, how she missed and found her lost love. Nancy Rossman has a personable narrative, her storytelling conjures vivid imagery with details about her family, her childhood, and her mom's. However, it seems to me as if the author was rushing toward a happy ending in the later part of the book, and ending where the characters end up happily, sort of, and I am left with a mixed bag of feelings, none of which is satisfied.

    16. What a romantic story! This is a true story about a woman who loses her first love only to marry him fifty years later. I loved all the stories and characters. I almost feel like I know them personally. I cried when their was sad parts and laughed at funny times. I was really into it. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs reminded that true love does exist as well as happiness. It was nice to see this family go through so much and still handle it well. Elise reminds me of my grandmothe [...]

    17. I won this book as a first-read and was very excited to read it. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. I felt like the story was rather scattered. Sometimes the author would refer to her parents as Mom and Dad while other times their names were used and that confused me in the beginning. It's a sweet story, but it just doesn't flow very well, in my opinion. While reading it, I was a little critical about the pace; however, I understand why the book only included as much of the story as it [...]

    18. **I won this book in a Giveaway**I have mixed feelings about this book. It started out really well and I felt like I truly understood the father (first husband). He was a loveable character. But I never felt a connection to Peter, even though he ended up being a major figure in the story. He still felt like a mystery to me, even at the end of the book. So it was hard to feel anything for him. It seems like so much time was spent talking about the first husband, but the other 2 men's stories see [...]

    19. * WINNER*This is a warm, heartfelt account of true love at its finest. Rossman does an excellent job of portraying real love in this memoir about her mother. This reads quickly and just as if someone was telling a story out loud. This I likedd hated. There were points in the book where I was confused with who was who and such. This likely has something to do with the time shifting around. It's really nice to read a memoir about close family bonds for once, I must say. This is definitely worth a [...]

    20. I really enjoyed this book. Having grown up during the same time period as Elise's children and being a Midwesterner, I could identify with many of the life experiences. The values that our parents taught us back then seem far removed from what kids are taught today. I admired Elise for her hard work and determination, and I felt like I had a lot in common with Nancy, her daughter. While I am glad that my generation of women is not as selfless as Elise and my own mother's generation were, I admi [...]

    21. Read this for memoir book club. The story of this woman's three marriages is moderately interesting and I think we'll squeeze a good discussion out of it, but this is simply a poorly written book. It was self-published by the woman's daughter (who is not a writer) and I don't think she had an editor. I'm sure that researching and writing her mother's story was fulfilling, but she really should have employed someone else to help her.

    22. Call me corny, but I just eat this kind of thing up. True love story. The fact that it's non-fiction is my favorite part. Well written, charming, interesting, heartwarming and real. I enjoyed it very much. Highly recommended! Edit: Just read the other reviews. Found it amusing that someone said the author, Nancy, isn't a writer. Writing a book doesn't count? LOL!!! Time for more coffee for me to go along with the chuckle I got out of that.

    23. I thought this book sounded like it might be interesting so I entered a contest to win it. I'm so glad I did! I probably would not have bothered to read it if I hadn't have won it. This is a great non-fiction love story, I cried three times before I got it finished. It will definitely be one that I will keep and read again when I need a good story. This book is going in my favorites section. <3

    24. I received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.This was a nice emotional read, perfect for a quiet day or when you need some hope in the "someday love will arrive" department. We follow the life of a woman who chose between two men, stayed true to her choice and we see how her choices shaped and defined her, but she never gave up hope.The book flows easily and is a good reminder that sometimes we give up too soon.

    25. Wasn't at all what I expected Not sure why we have the preconceived notions that we do But alas. Wasn't what I imagined.I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary "fluff" that lead up to a whole lot of nothing. It was a sweet ending, predictable, but sweet.I'm just not a fan of slow moving. If you don't mind a detailed look into every aspect of the characters lives, then you would probably really dig this book.

    26. I won this book through the GoodReads giveaway and was excited to read it.This is a quick sweet read about the writers mother's first love and the path that led her back to him nearly fifty years later.The book was a little confusing in the begining with time shifting from when the author was child to her mothers youth and to present day. Once you get the hang of the characters it was much easier to enjoy the story.Overall I enjoyed this book.

    27. I LOVE this story. Made better because it is true. The style of writing is OK. I got confused on occasion about who was "speaking" or who was telling this piece of the story because it jumps between generations. So thankful for seniors who show us the right was to age successfully Living and loving life.

    28. True love prevails and never fails to keep you interested. The story spans a lifetime and is well-written. Narrated by the daughter of the main-character, it chronicles her mother's life and loves in a touching manner. You can't help but pull for the true love to win out in the end in this one. This is a Firstreads win!

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