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Review: True Love Story by Willow Aster

True Love Story CoverTitle: True Love Story
Author: Willow Aster
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Willow Aster
Rating: 5 out of 5


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.


I fell in love. I didn’t mean to and I wasn’t expecting it. I meant to read something light after my last thrilling read. The moment Ian appeared on the page, my heart leapt with the same gusto that Sparrow tried to haul ass away from him to avoid speaking to him. Their relationship is…complicated.

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.

With an opening like that, I knew I was in for something powerful. If you can remember how long you’ve been with something, they’ve affected your heart deeply. The story begins with the reader knowing about the heartbreak. Throughout the book, we learn how they got there. I was sort of Tarantino’d.

Ian is…he’s…damn, I just want to snuggle with him. I don’t know how Aster did it, but although I knew Ian had broken Sparrow’s heart from the beginning, she made sure I was drawn to him.

Sparrow, I know you’ve already heard me say I’m sorry, about a thousand times…but if you can’t hear anything else, hear this…you changed me. Please let me…

C’MON, PEOPLE! I wasn’t even finished the first chapter yet, and I was already yelling at Sparrow to give him another chance! I know, I know. I was supposed to be on the girl’s side, but I just felt so spellbound by him. He seems so genuine.

I adore each of the characters in the book. Well, most of them (not the baddies, of course). The story was easy to follow and I never felt as though there were unnecessary characters or scenes. Each one had a purpose; to tell the story of how Sparrow and Ian fell in love. Adoring the characters, especially Sparrow and Ian, did not preclude me from wanting to smack them upside the head from time to time due to stupidity. Ian is a musician and on the road and Sparrow just let him call her whenever he wanted. Umm…Honey, no. We don’t let the mens do whatever they want. Ian was “okay” with Sparrow dating other men while he was out of town. Ian, really dude? Really? Don’t pump your breaks on reading the book! These characters and their relationship evolve. Those dumb mistakes are rectified.

It’s not all heartache and sorrow. The story is funny. I’m not even playing with you guys. Check out these quotes:

If there was a line-up of a thousand penises, I’d recognize his in heartbeat.

He asked me out a half dozen times before I said yes. If he’d just shown me his chest, we could have settled the matter much sooner.

I would like to mention that I believe Ms. Aster may be my twin. Some things she mentioned in True Love Story are things I think about. Seriously, my mind is like a non stop episode of Family Guy style madness.

I found out why they broke up and it’s not what you think. I’m not going to tell you why, but I will say that there was an audible gasp and it echoed. I was heartbroken about 4 hours after starting the book. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. I felt like Sparrow and I did the infamous ugly cry. What is a love story without some heartache? So, I asked myself before I finished if they should get back together. After all, some love stories don’t end happily ever after. Look at Jack and Rose, Rhett and Scarlett, and Rick and Ilsa…sometimes you have to let go. I made my decision. If you want to know if Ian and Sparrow make it, you’ll have to read the book. You’ll enjoy it, Manda knows these things.


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