‘I Couldn’t Love You More,’ by Esther Freud: An Excerpt

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Aoife

1939

I met you at a dance in Ilford. I saw you as soon as you walked in. Black hair, the curls oiled down, the flash of your green eyes. I was there with Clifford Bray, but as soon as he released me to step outside and smoke, there you were at my side. ‘Cashel Kelly.’ You put out your hand, and I took it as the music started. ‘“Begin the Beguine,”’ the bandmaster announced. Our own version of Cole Porter. And so we began.

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