Release Date: February 17, 2013
Age: Mature New Adult/ Adult 17+
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Drama, Love, Long Distance, Cheating, Music, Writing
Source: The Indie Bookshelf
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Sparrow Fisher is transforming. No longer dressed up in antiquated clothes and ideals, she is finally trying on her freedom.I absolutely loved this book. True Love Story, Sparrow and Ian's story, made me crazy to the point of no return. It flustered me, made me swoon, made me cry, made me hurt, drove me off a cliff, and made me fall in love. Oh my goodness, I loved this book. I intend to marry it, just don't tell my husband.
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.
I'll start with the beginning. We meet Sparrow and Ian in the present. Then we go back to when they met and progress forward. I enjoyed learning their entire story and not just a recap. It built up the steam and their feelings for each other weren't just instantly there, they were real and understandable. The story is told in Sparrow's POV and what I would give to hear Ian's! I'd give a lot, like a lot, my first born? The heat in this book, the stares, the touches, everything is incredible. a top notch read!
I love both of these characters but man did I want to slap Ian a few, well a lot, of times! What a boy! He thinks horribly about himself, doesn't think he deserves anything good, and kind of takes the boat down with him. He's a wreck, but I did love him. When the story starts Sparrow is this Little Bird with a big crush on someone that I felt was way out of her league, she may be beautiful but she was young and naive. Her cross country move helped her grow up a lot, the sparrow from the beginning (or present) to the sparrow in the past were two very different girls. Over the few years span these two continue to run into each other until the timing is perfect for their relationship to grow.
True Love Story is one of those books a reader can relate to, feel for the characters and become involved until the point of obsession. I wanted great things for Sparrow's story. I loved her parents, they were involved (to an extent when she moves) and you could just tell all they wanted was the best for her.
Sparrow was an easy character for me to love, hello she's a writer and avid reader. There are parts where she's packing and she's putting a dozen books into her suitcase and I'm grinning saying things like, nerd girl problems. She is overall one of my new favorite characters!
The beginning has quite a bit of religion thrown into the mix. Normally, this bothers little ol' me. But, Willow isn't pushy or anything, I didn't feel like I was being spoonfed to believe what she does (or her characters do). She's informative and giving us Sparrow's background. It works, Sparrow's dad and boyfriend Michael (I want to call him by another name ;)) are pastors and that's what her life is filled with at home.
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Read. This. Book. People.
My favorite line: “Keep that up, and I will have my way with every single one of those little blushes. I can’t be trusted.”I especially recommend this book to fans of: Tarryn Fisher, K.A. Linde, and S.C. Stephens.
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