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Save the Last Dance #4.
Sometimes, Love Takes Second Place

When you’re trying to get your big break in the entertainment business, everything else takes second place. So, it was with Charlie and his soulmate Fanny, who nurtured his career by dancing on the Staten Island Ferry to earn money for Charlie’s music lessons.

Fanny, 15, as she appeared on New York City’s Staten Island Ferry in 1921
Fanny, 15, as she appeared on New York City’s Staten Island Ferry in 1921

Unfortunately, between composing, practicing, and auditioning with New York City orchestras, Charlie inadvertently pushed Fanny to the back of his career bus. He made promises; she remained patient because she believed dreams come true.

To pass the time away, Fanny spent weekends camping and playing on the white sandy beaches of Long Beach, Long Island, with friends and family, while Charlie pursued his dream.

Fanny and sister Jenny, and friends play on Long Beach, Long IslandFanny and sister Jenny, and friends play on Long Beach, Long Island

Soon, Charlie got his big break as a featured performer with the world-famous Radio City Music Hall orchestra. Charlie made more promises to Fanny. He made more promises to Fanny. She again remained patient. Unfortunately, Fanny’s patience was not rewarded.

As Charlie‘s star rose and fell, he married twice, and she married once, but never to each other.

Wondering if the story is real? The answer is yes; Fanny was my mom! And, the love of her life, Charlie, became one of the most famous accordion artists in music history.

To learn more about Charlie’s broken promises and Fanny’s shattered dreams, you might consider my book SAVE THE LAST DANCE. A Bittersweet Love Story about Broken Promises and Shattered Dreams. Just have a box of tissues nearby!

“Superbly Crafted Ode to Love.”
– San Francisco Literary Review

“Pure and Simple. A Proper Love Story. They don’t make them like this anymore.”
– Kayla@ Good Reads

DATE: Sep.08.2021 | CATEGORY: My Books