Monday, July 8, 2013

Review: True Love Story by Willow Aster

Title:  True Love Story
Author: Willow Aster
Release Date: February 17, 2013 by Willow Aster

Rating: 4 Star ****


Sparrow Fisher is transforming. No longer dressed up in antiquated clothes and ideals, she is finally trying on her freedom.

Before she moves to New York City, she meets Ian Sterling, a musician Sparrow has dreamed about since she first saw him. The attraction is instant, but their relationship isn't so simple.

Over a five year span, Sparrow and Ian run into each other in unusual places. Each time, Sparrow has to decide if she can trust him, if he feels the same for her, and finally, if love is really enough.

My Review:

When we meet Sparrow she is an innocent, naïve preacher’s daughter about to head off to college in NYC with her best friend. She dates an associate minister in her daddy’s church and is excited to be starting her life away from her childhood home. Before she leaves, she attends a dinner party with her boyfriend at the home of friends of her parents. There she is introduced to Ian Sterling. He is her parent’s friend’s cousin and a handsome, sexy, up & coming musician that she has had a schoolgirl crush on forever. There is instant attraction on both parts and the evening is full of innuendo and heated banter. Sparrow leaves with a bigger crush and a guilty conscience over how Ian made her feel.

After a very awkward separation from the BF and another confusing evening with Ian that ends with him acting quite cool toward her after a romantic afternoon together, Sparrow heads off to New York and her new life not knowing where her relationship/friendship stands with Ian. Over the next few months, he is very elusive and very sporatic with his contact. She doesn’t know if they are a “thing” or not. She dates others but doesn’t get her heart wrapped up in anyone else and has a few encounters with Ian here and there. She even suffers a very traumatic experience alone and without confiding in anyone. Ian lets her down time and again until she finally puts her foot down and forces him to start making an effort. All is going so well… until… well until Ian’s true colors are revealed.

Ok… Men… I swear I wanted to jump into this book and wrap my hands around Ian’s throat more than once. I mean ugh. I understand that he thinks she is too young to be focused on just him and that he wants her to experience the full gamut of the “college experience” and I also understand that he has gone through a lot with his family and has never really seen what a functioning relationship looks like, but he does everything wrong. You just want to rip him apart. You really feel Sparrow’s pain and you can put yourself in her shoes. Haven’t we all been a young girl wondering “does he like me… does he not like me… did I imagine that he liked me… why hasn’t he called… should I call him, probably not… are we friends or more?” Took me right back to high school! I love that she gets her act together and makes it clear what she wants and what she expects. She really grows up in this book and you see her mature. I HATED the traumatic thing she has to go through. I thought it was tastefully written and shined a light on a very common problem in college today… although I wish more action was taken because more action was justified in my opinion. I will admit that I had trouble with the connection between Sparrow and Ian in the beginning. It was so instant but I was “told” it was instant instead of being “shown”… I didn’t quite feel it until later in the book. That being said you definitely feel it later. After the reveal of Ian’s mistakes, I was just a puddle of emotion. I felt Sparrow’s pain, I felt Ian’s pain. The guilt, the anguish, the remorse, the longing, the numbness, the love… I. Felt. It. All. I highly recommend this book. I devoured it in one night.

On a side note… This has to be one of my all time favorite book covers… just wow. I also, loved Ian’s nickname for Sparrow “Little Bird” and I the relationship between Sparrow and her parents and best friend. They were all really great secondary characters.

Favorite Quotes:

“Little Bird, our love has been hard-earned from the very beginning. It is more precious to me than anything on earth. I can't just let go of it. And I won't stop fighting for it." ~ Ian”

“Aren’t you worn out from running?” His lips follow a tear down my neck, and then he brushes my face with his hand. “I don’t want to live without you another day. I’m begging you for another chance. Please.”

“You are in me. In the deepest part of me. Deeper than my memories, my unconscious thoughts. Deeper than my ever-changing emotions. You are in the place right next to where I keep my faith in God (a faith that I won't let go of now, in spite of it being shaken many times, from without and within). You're deep in me.”


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