BETTE ISACOFF has been a high school English teacher, juvenile probation officer, and computer programmer. She is also a registered nurse. Bette bred, trained, and exhibited Champion, Group, and Best in Specialty Show winning Finnish Spitz under the Kitsuna (reg.) prefix. She is credited with bringing the breed from total obscurity in this country to recognition by the American Kennel Club.
Her writing has appeared in the AKC GAZETTE, (where she was also a breed columnist from 1988-1991), DOG FANCY, Golden Ages magazine, and The National Observer. She was the creator and twenty-year editor of The Finnish Line (monthly newsletter of the Finnish Spitz Club of America), and is a professional member of the Dog Writers Association of America. Isacoff obtained her BA, and MFA in Creative Writing from Albertus Magnus College. She and her husband reside in Orange, CT.
Her parents said, “You’re marrying a seventeen-year-old Jewish high school student, a boy?”
His parents said, “You’re in love with a twenty-one-year-old Catholic senior in college, a woman?”
And then the fun begins . . . .
The year is 1968, when this sort of thing just isn’t done.
But it’s almost as if these two are drawn to each other by a series of unlikely circumstances beyond their control. Is it God, Fate with a sense of humor, or mere coincidence?
The young, mixed-faith couple faces hardships, mishaps, and triumphs during their two year courtship at a time when such love was exotic and forbidden.
Richard and Bette manage to keep their unlikely romance hidden through clandestine post office boxes, dates in out-of-the-way places, a housemother who looks the other way, and a loyal roommate sworn to keep their secret. But that secret comes out in the worst possible way, when their engagement announcement appears in the local paper a week early . . . before Richard has worked up the nerve to tell his family.
The two confront outraged parents, scornful siblings, snickering friends, legal obstacles, and uncooperative clergy.
How do you stay true to yourself and honor the one you love when your upbringing, your entire history is pulling you another way?
A story of triumph to inspire anyone involved in a relationship—traditional or not—"Star Crossed" is a touching memoir of humor, heartbreak, and hope.