Half Moon, Full Heart

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There is nothing as pure as true young love.

If someone were to ask you to name the most famous lovers and heart-wrenching love story, you may be forgiven for answering: 'Romeo & Juliet. That's because you are likely unaware of David Joe Fallon, Jr. and Jessie Marie Taylor, and what the people of North-Central Texas, and many others, worlds away, have known for more than sixty years.

Their love story many well have remained broadly unknown,...

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Overview

There is nothing as pure as true young love.

If someone were to ask you to name the most famous lovers and heart-wrenching love story, you may be forgiven for answering: 'Romeo & Juliet. That's because you are likely unaware of David Joe Fallon, Jr. and Jessie Marie Taylor, and what the people of North-Central Texas, and many others, worlds away, have known for more than sixty years.

Their love story many well have remained broadly unknown, except for the life-changing events in the life of Rachel Marin - a California woman sixteen hundred years, and more than a half century away.

Following her divorce, a heartbroken Rachel Marin sells most of her possessions, and leaves California heading east, in search of a new life. En route, she stops in Texas and discovers a 60 year-old love story missing a final chapter. She helps to "write' it, and discovers her own reasons to live forever.

"Half Moon, Full Heart"
~A Story of Young Love

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Half Moon, Full Heart masterfully bridges the present, and the past, as it chronicles the lives of two young lovers from a small Texas town. David Joe Fallon, Jr. and Jessie Marie Taylor are kept apart by the deep hatred between their respective fathers. Yet, their vow to love each other forever, sets in motion events that lead to their plan of escape, a tragedy, and a bitter-sweet triumph that cannot be imagined
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It was 1955.
Eisenhower ("Ike") was President; bread was eighteen cents; gas was twenty-three; Popsicles came two to a package; Elvis was twenty, and twelve year-olds, David Joe Fallon, Jr. and Jessie Marie Taylor were in love.

It's been said that few, younger than twenty or so, could possibly know what true love is. That may be true, unless you happened to have been Jessie Marie and David Joe, and lived in Rosedale, a small, north-central Texas town, back in the 1950s.

First taken with each other at age nine, these love-struck youngsters were not yet teens, when they professed a love so deep, in their hearts and minds, it transcended life itself.

And in spite of Cyrus Ecclesiastes Taylor's success, in keeping his daughter and David Joe apart, there was never any doubt these two lived and breathed for each other. Not much else mattered to them. His efforts only served to steel their vows to love each other forever.

Theirs was a love, cloaked with an aura of destiny, imbued with an air of inevitability. Most everyone in Rosedale knew that to be fact. And there could only have been one Jessie Marie and David Joe. Town folk, who were alive then, still speak of them in mythical tones. No true love story can rightly be told, without the mention of their names and the storybook lives they shared.

David Joe and Jessie Marie live on. And more than sixty years later, the world beyond their part of Texas may never have known of and been inspired by them, except for events half a country and nearly half a century away, in southern California.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964975613
  • Publisher: Falcon Creek Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 252

Meet the Author

Gene Cartwright, a native of Texas, often says it was his great fortune to be born at the right address-the home of Elmer and Marie Cartwright-his parents. He insists his love of writing and learning was sparked by his mother, who taught him to read when he was barely four.

Gene was fascinated, captured by the freedom reading afforded. He has always enjoyed both technical and literary pursuits. He wrote his first novel at 12. (90 pages longhand.) Also, at age 12, he was working with a local electrician actually wiring new homes and retrofitting older homes. Gene graduated high school and headed immediately to college.

For almost 8 years thereafter, during what he now refers to as another life, Gene was an electrical engineer, designing lighting and power distribution systems. He next founded and owned a very successful consumer electronics company in Houston, Texas.

A few years later, he headed west. Throughout his engineering pursuits and business activities, Gene continued to write and dream of being a published and a fulltime author. In 1996, that dream was realized. Gene has written 6 novels, several screenplays, and book of poetry. Other literary projects are in progress. For two years, his book tour for 'I Never Played Catch With My Father,' took him from coast to coast:

He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Oprah, NPR stations and countless tv morning shows, news and sports shows. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Gene was the featured author in Ebony Magazine in the November '97 issue.

Ms. Cicely Tyson:
Gene is still awed by the call he received, a few years ago, from famed actress, Emmy-Award Winner, Academy Award nominee, Ms. Cicely Tyson. Ms. Tyson had read Gene's 'A Family Gathering,' and was determined to reach out and speak with him. They spoke by phone for two hours, discussing the epic novel.

Finally, Gene's greatest childhood thrill was his very first little league baseball game. And his pet peeve? Something he labels sacrilegious: the use of the aluminum baseball bats.

Gene Cartwright: http://GeneCartwright.com

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