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Image from Fantastic Fiction

Title: True Love Story
Author: Willow Aster
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 17 Feb 2013
Source: Bought – Ebook
Rating: 2.5/5

Synopsis from Fantastic Fiction

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.

REVIEW 

Told in first person narrative, from Sparrow’s point of view. At 18 she is very young, naive and innocent. She’s lead quite a sheltered, protected life with her overprotective mother taking control over all aspects even her clothes. Ready to leave for college and a plan to transform herself Sparrow meets Ian. Having already been drawn to him through his music there is an undeniable connection between them from their first encounter.

Unfortunately, the prologue set 5 years in the future, sets the tone of inevitability to the story. There is a constant tension awaiting events hinted at within the prologue that in all honesty did spoil it a little for me. The story follows the developing relationship between Sparrow and Ian after that first encounter across a 5 year time frame.

Ian is a little older and far more experienced than Sparrow, the detail in the story regarding his childhood and lack of affection provided some insight and understanding to his actions but on the whole it felt as if he was more immature than Sparrow with regard to dealing with his emotions. It really annoyed me how hot and cold he blew towards Sparrow, it felt as if he was toying with her emotions for the most part. It wasn’t until the end of the book that I felt Ian and Sparrow were remotely suited as the way in which their home lives had shaped them into adults did not gel together. Through their relationship Sparrow does make Ian a better person and Ian in turn gives Sparrow confidence. Essentially love at its finest when two people bring out the best in each other.

A few incidents within the plot felt unnecessary and detracted from the character development rather than enhancing it. I also found the name Sparrow initially irritating until the explanation behind her parents choice of name was revealed and did surprisingly endear her name to me. As well as allowing Ian to name her ‘Little Bird’ which provided swoon-worthy moments.

After all the tension within the story and the inevitable outcome, the story rejoins the present, five years after the initial meeting between Sparrow and Ian. Unfortunately,  the ending felt a little rushed and forced. I would have rather seen more of the relationship in the present than the length of the reflection on their previous relationship.

On the whole I did enjoy the story and must mention the letters Ian wrote to Sparrow near the end effectively changed my feelings to him. However,  I did feel as if the prologue overshadowed the story for me and the ending was too rushed for my personal preference. It is these issues that are reflected in my rating.