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True Love Story by Willow Aster

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.

4.75 Stars


I suppose I might never have known or believed that love could be so strong if I hadn’t seen it dragged through this hell. Now I know that love can truly endure anything. 

You know that feeling of finally finding a book that consumes you? That brings you out of that book funk? And when it ends, you’re in a haze. Not only because the story is over, but you’re sad that the journey you took has reached completion and now you’re back to that pesky ole book funk? Yep. That’s me right here, right now. I’m in a sort of daze at the moment, but I feel compelled to write this review now because I know I just couldn’t wait to spread the word on how much I loved this story. I will warn you right now though: The Love story between Sparrow and Ian is not a pretty one. There were times where I was smiling and laughing one minute, then angry and extremely hurt the next. It was emotional, raw and just flat out addictive. 

“You have this grounding quality about you. I don’t know a better way to put it. It levels me. I’ve never been at home anywhere, but I am with you.” ~ Ian 

The story begins with Sparrow and Ian cosmically meeting, again. They have met before, several times to be exact, but this meeting was different. We instantly find out that Ian broke Sparrow’s heart, but how? 

Sparrow first met Ian when she was only eighteen years old. Even though she was already in a relationship at the time, the first time she meets Ian, she knew her life would never be the same. The connection they have is instantaneous. At this point in her life, Sparrow is just about to graduate and move to New York with her best friend, Tessa, to start college. Lots of changes are happening to Sparrow and throwing Ian into the mixture just made things a whole lot more interesting. 

“But seeing you, being near you, talking to you, hearing your laugh, watching your lips move, all of it. I felt awake. Alive. Crazed, almost. And I haven’t known what to do with it. Seeing you each time, it just intensifies, which never happens for me. With you, I just want more – instead of wanting to run, I want more" ~ Ian 

Ian is a famous guitarist and songwriter. Through a series of events, Sparrow and Ian find themselves together at random times. Family gatherings, ski trips…they constantly run into each other; never really planning on running into each other. But when given the opportunity to be together, they take it. Ian isn’t really the “relationship” type, but he knows what he has with Sparrow is something special and he does not want to lose what he finds in her. She knows that they’ll be apart a lot, but they both decide to start a relationship, without really officially forming one. Don’t worry, it’ll all make sense once you read this. When Ian and Sparrow are together, they really are together. There is no doubt that these two are in love. The intensity of their relationship slowly grows with every encounter, but the talk of committing was never really fully discussed. Where is their relationship headed?

“I’m not a good person, Sparrow. I…I’m not. I look at you and I see all the good and I know that I could never deserve someone like you.” ~ Ian 

Reading this story through Sparrow’s eyes, you felt everything that she felt. When Ian broke her heart, my heart broke as well. We both fell hard for him. I was so angry with some of the things he did; I didn’t think he was redeemable. However, there was always a flicker of light that kept on shining no matter how dark the times were. Ian is a broken man, I understood that. As for Sparrow, she knew what she was getting herself into. You prayed for a smooth road, but deep down you knew something was going to happen. Sorry if that’s spoilish, but every story has drama, and this one was no exception. 

I loved this story, I really do. It wasn’t a perfect five start read, but it was close. This story will make you smile and Ian will make you melt. However, you will get angry and you will hurt when you read this. I think that’s why I loved it so much. Putting my heart in a blender does have it’s perks…you feel alive, Crazed, almost and I do admire that in a story. 

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