RERUN Review: True Love Story by Willow Aster

RERUN Review: True Love Story by Willow AsterTrue Love Story by Willow Aster
Published by Willow Aster February 24, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 385
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

Growing up in an idealistic home, Sparrow Fisher is sheltered and innocent. When she meets Ian Sterling, a musician who is rising in popularity, she instantly falls for his charm. They run into each other over the next few months and eventually begin an unconventional relationship.

At different places in their lives, Sparrow is off to college in New York, and Ian is traveling the country with the band. When they see each other, all seems wonderful and lighthearted, but when they’re apart, Sparrow is left to wonder if Ian really cares about her the way he says he does, or if she’s just another pretty face to him.

Once their relationship steadies, they’re both happier than they’ve ever been, and it’s hard to not get caught up in the magic they have together. Until something so devastating comes to light that threatens to shatter everything they’ve built with each other.

True Love Story is a story about the real highs and lows that come with a relationship—happiness, pain, angst, and finding out if love really is enough.

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

People when I tell you that this book is amazing, please, please, please believe me whole heartedly. I absolutely loved this to the very core of my being and cannot stop gushing about it. Willow Aster’s debut novel, True Love Story, is the type of book that captures you immediately, especially when she opens with this…

“It has been a year, two months, and seventeen days since I last saw him. Two years, ten months, and five days since he broke my heart – well since I knew that he had broken my heart. Technically, he began breaking my heart the moment I met him, five years eleven months, and one day ago.” 

True Love Story begins in the present time where we meet 23 year old Sparrow as she’s waiting to board a plane headed for New Orleans. The person she has been avoiding for the past two years happens to walk up to the very same gate she’s waiting in. Ian Sterling was her first true love and the man who brought her so much joy, sorrow, and shattered her heart into a million pieces. She tries to avoid him, but as fate would have it, he spots her before she can get away and he is determined to not let this opportunity to talk to her slip away. The two eventually sit next to each other on the flight and Sparrow thrusts us back five years and recalls the moment she met Ian and how her life would never be the same afterwards.

“I see this face every night when I close my eyes. All day long, I think I see you, everywhere I got. I’ve dreamed this so many times, I’m not even sure you’re real right now. Are you really here?”

When Sparrow first meets up and coming musician, Ian, she is the 18 year old daughter of a preacher and is on the cusp of starting her new life as a college student in New York. While she loves her seamlessly perfect life, Sparrow is ready to branch out and unfold the secrets the rest of the world holds. She may be the preachers daughter but she regards herself differently and has always liked to march to the beat of her own drum. The moment she meets Ian, she’s rocked from her axis and the attraction she feels for Ian is instant and undeniable. Over the next few years they have a few more encounters but the attraction between the two never fades and the two grow closer and closer. Eventually, they allow their attraction and feelings to spill and the two embark on an all-consuming relationship that will change them forever and teach them important lessons about love, lies, trust, and forgiveness.

“Ugh What has he done to me? I’m talking in romance novel terms.”

I absolutely loved Sparrow. She has this incredibly cute quirkiness about her that was absolutely infectious. Although she’s introduced as the innocent and virginal preachers daughter, she’s not oblivious or too naive as some might have first perceived. She’s extremely smart, motivated, and brave enough to branch out. She might not have always made the best decisions when it came to her love life, but it was necessary for her to learn about the facts and truths about love.

Like Sparrow, I was instantly allured by Ian’s mystique. He’s described as being absolutely gorgeous and the added fact that he’s a rockstar makes him absolutely irresistible. But Ian is a very flawed character and he’s honest and up front with Sparrow from the beginning and warns her that he is not a good person. So, from that moment on you know he’s bound to make a mistake along the road but the heart wants what it wants and Sparrow’s heart wanted Ian even with his flaws. As much as I loved Ian, I did want to hurt the guy for nearly breaking our heroine. But just like Sparrow, Ian also learns the reality about love and what it really means to love another. Although he might have learned the lesson too a little too late, I was pleased that he was able to redeem himself (somewhat…and eventually); and that when push comes to shove, he forced himself to change for the better. 

“It’s a powerful feeling to know this magnetic, dangerous, quirky, beautiful sexy…man wants me. Agony is almost worth it if I could just be with him.”

Sparrow and Ians love story definitely had some highs and lows and as I was reading this book I found myself to be totally submerged in the emotions that Sparrow was feeling through out this whole journey. Every single one of her reactions and emotions is what I would have gone through if I were in her shoes, which is what made this book so true and real.

Willow Aster’s tale of Sparrow’s first, last and only true love was brilliantly honest and emotional. While True Love Story gives a good dose of angst, there wasn’t anything over the top or sensationalized. Instead, Aster presents a story that felt incredibly organic, and as the book title alludes to – a true love story. I found the epilogue to be perfect and left me believing that sometimes love is strong enough to save you and bring you back from the depths of despair you might have been thrust into.

“All this searching for something, someone, ANYTHING to dull the ache that he left…I know it will never be filled. He’s the only one I’ll ever love.”

Once again, I must state that this book was brilliant and highly recommend it to all contemporary romance readers (especially, new adult lovers). I cannot wait to see what else this author has to offer in the future and I will now be desperately waiting to get this book in paperback form to add to my ultimate favorite bookshelf.



About Willow Aster

Willow Aster is the author of USA Today bestseller, True Love Story, In the Fields, and Maybe Maby. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming; otherwise, the writing would never get done. She’s also an avid reader, and has been known to walk, cook, and clean with her nose in a book. She’s lived in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and California, but Minnesota has captured her now and doesn’t seem to be letting go. Although shy, this lifelong writer and artist is convinced that the best part of this career for her is meeting and connecting with readers, authors, and all of those in this community of lovers of words.

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