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Long Long Ago: A Love Story that is True Paperback – March 5, 2012

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An affable dual memoir about catching up with the one who got away. The narrative opens cinematically. An ambitious young American steps off a train in Germany with business in mind, but he encounters the girl of his dreams. She’s sitting alone at a restaurant, absorbed in a book. Enraptured, he interrupts and asks to sit with her. So begins Mettler and Law’s love story, which sidesteps romantic clichés because it’s a true story. Their connection encounters a combination of kismet and ill-luck—a mere year into their courtship, Law’s career requires that he return to the U.S. Though they thought their separation temporary, they build lives independent of one another. Mettler becomes a laparoscopic surgeon and mother; Law conquers California’s real estate and begins a family of his own. Their successes and misadventures are punctuated occasionally by poignant recollections of their past. A late and impulsive move to reconnect adds drama, and the authors are given a chance to explore—in a variety of picturesque locales—whether love can ever have a conclusive end. The book will charm readers for a host of reasons, including its dual narration by Mettler and Law, which allows their individual voices to come through and provides insight into their relationship. Law’s sentimentality is preserved, as is Mettler’s pragmatism; both enrich the account. Digressions from the romance itself sometimes push the book into esoteric territory, as with Mettler’s decision to trace the particulars of her renowned surgical career, but these diversions seem earned. A detailed, real-life romance that attests to the endurance of genuine affection.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468038117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468038118
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,137,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book that shows us all that man is improved by discovering a fascinating woman. In this case, it is re-discovering, but no matter, the story of John and Liselotte is endearing and a wonderful read. Although both experienced many challenges in their 43 years apart, I was most inspired by Lisa's. She overcame all the difficulties of her time, being a woman in a man's field. She rose to become one of the most respected surgeons in the world. Her strength, intelligence, grace and perseverance adorns nearly every page. Young women today who wish to make a difference should keep this book close by.

John should keep her closer.
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This is a very entertaining and heart-felt account of a love story that started "long ago" and never ended. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in a true story that reads like it could have been written for the big screen.
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Detailed from both the man's and the woman's perspective John and Lilo give an unvarnished true story of early and later love.
If you once had a love and ever re-kindled it, this story will speak to you. Two accomplished people with sufficient independence to have developed their own identities. With this read, I came to recognize where strength in a relationship comes from. With many love stories told, if this is a true story, which I have it on good authority it is, it is a prototype for our own intimate development.
A very quick and beautiful read.
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"I recently had the extreme delight to read the amazing love story of Lisa and John.
Hollywood screen writers could not have come up with a more sentimental story of rekindling of lost love and the main reason for this is that it is a true story of two amazing people half a world and three quarters of a life apart who where able to rekindle and reunite even while carrying on extremely busy and interesting lives.
The story is a true inspiration and a great joy for me, especially since I have known Lisa(now known affectionately to her friends and colleagues as Lilo)for a quarter of a century and knowing John for only half a decade and seeing how perfect they are for each other. I learned so much more about each of them by reading their amazing story.
Thank you both for sharing this with the World.
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I have been acquainted with John Law for a few years. He told me about a romance of his that had been rekindled after an interval of almost fifty years. I was curious to meet the woman who had completely beguiled him once again.

When I got that opportunity, I found Lisa to be a charming, intelligent, and beautiful woman. She was very modest in talking about herself and her life. When I read the book that the couple had written, I was astounded at what a truly remarkable woman she is. Lisa was an Olympic swimmer for Germany. She is an internationally renowned doctor in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. She has written numerous books and articles on the subject. She still travels throughout the world giving surgical demonstrations and lectures. At the age of seventy, she is still indefatigable. Now that they are married, John frequently accompanies her.

Their love story reads like the stuff of fiction. It is told in an unusual and interesting manner. I heartily recommend it.It is well worth reading.
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This book is a wonderful example that life provides so many opportunities, it's up to us to recognize them. John and Lisa have each lived amazing and intriguing lives together and apart, and to hear their recollections and memories of each other from both points of view is very interesting and heartwarming. Their story sets the stage for the next 'The Notebook' blockbuster! I hope to see it on the big screen some day. Thanks to john (Elwin) and Lisa for sharing their love story!
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As a young female Filipino Accountant working in a medical center in Dubai, I was really fascinated by following the life story of Dr. Lisa and her husband John. I couldn't stop reading till I found out what happened to these two people that met in 1967 in Germany. The book shows how love can reconnect and bring life to maximal heights. A medical doctor seems to have wonderful possibilities to deal with people and to get responses.

As this is a true life story, there is hope for all of us. What could be better in life than health, faith, love and success.
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