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True Love Story

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  20,487 ratings  ·  2,011 reviews
A USA Today Bestseller about reclaiming the love of a lifetime...

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. The attraction is instant, but their relationship isn't so simple.

At different places in their lives, Sparrow is off to colleg
Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published February 17th 2013 by Willow Aster (first published 2013)
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Mary I wish there were more with these characters as well, but I think what happened with Laila was very simple. She wanted him, and she threw herself at h…moreI wish there were more with these characters as well, but I think what happened with Laila was very simple. She wanted him, and she threw herself at him. When he resisted, she brought up things that played upon his insecurities. Ian is a very needy person to be in a long-distance relationship successfully and has too much baggage from his childhood to really feel good about himself and secure. He didn't love himself, so he engaged in self-sabotaging behavior. Ian is very similar to Kellan Kyle (from SC Stephens' Thoughtless series) in personality and motivations. (less)
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! True Love Story (stand-alone). Student is swept off her feet by older musician. A whirlwind affair wreaked by lies & betrayal!

“The evening feels like a long love letter, with sweet touches and looks speaking volumes of truth.”

True Love Story opens up two years ten months after an ended relationship. Story then skips back half a decade in time to when eighteen year old Sparrow Fisher, Rosie aka Little Bird meets twenty-seven year old up-and-coming musician Ian
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing


"Love is enough.
Love does conquer all.
Love really does always protect, trust, hope, persevere...
I'd even go as far as saying that love never fails. I finally believe that."

True Love Story is indeed a story about true love . It's a story about the kind of love that lasts a lifetime but that is faced with so many obstacles and bumps along the way that sometimes the ones in love begin to wonder if love itself is enough. They begin to wonder if their love
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it

Hello Readers!!

Let me tell you about a story!

There was this girl....young, beautiful and full of life.

And then one day she meets with the man of her dreams.

And they live happily ever after.....

Or do they???

"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.Technically, he began breaking my heart the moment I met him, five years, eleven months, and one day ago."

Alexis *Reality Bites*
MINOR SPOILERS in a section marked minor spoilers-you've been warned
-mature content reader discretion is advised.
4 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance

This...wait...excuse me.
*Inhales slowly, exhales slowly*
This is one of those books you finish and think

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At the end I could not believe how strongly this Heart-breaking-Earth-shattering love story resonated with me. did.

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Please please bare with me I have so much to say and all of my thoughts are hitting me at once.
Honestly this is
~ Becs ~
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This is how it begins.

Ian Sterling has broken Sparrow’s heart into a million tiny little pieces and destroyed her faith in love. She’s spotted him in an airport and is trying to avoid him but he knows she is there and is not about to let this opportunity pass him by. He’s desperate to get her back – he’s desperate for her forgiveness.

“I see this face every night when I close my eyes. All day long, I think I see you, everywhere I go…” His eyes cloud, and he drops his hands. “I’ve dreamed
Feb 20, 2013 rated it did not like it

F*** sorry I am about to start an ENORMOUS RANT. So bare with me

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Duchess Nicole
Want to read a True Love Story? Here it is!!! It's heartbreaking and intense, gut churning and real. It hurt to read, it laid me out but kept me up all night. I read this book in one sitting.
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I was captivated by this like nothing I've been captivated by in quite some time. Something, some elusive quality, grabbed me...the title, the cover...something made me burn for this book as soon as I noticed it. And it paid off. I freaking LOVED this book!

First off, the blurb is really misleadi
Jenny Levine
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I’ve been looking for you, his eyes are saying.
You’ve found me now, I’m certain my eyes are responding.

Sparrow Kate--
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Always been the perfect daughter, now she has transformed --starting with the way she dresses and expressing herself. And her life gets much more interesting when she met the man who will turn her life upside down...

Ian Sterling--
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A professional musician. Player. Womanizer.
But, all because he fears rejection and fears being in a relationship.
If there
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Beautiful Heart-Shattering Stars!!!

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I loved Sparrow and Ian’s story. Loved it. I spent a good 20-25% of the book crying, but what a fantastic read!

It’s 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. 

The story starts out five years after Sparrow and Ian’s initial meeting. A few years ago, the love of her life completely shattered Sparrow’s heart. Ian is still not over Sparrow, in fact, he may never be. The
Short review finally posted.

3 to 3 1/2 Stars.

The only cheating plot-line that's HEA I believed. Still, I hate cheating plot-lines and didn't realize I was reading one until it was too late (I should have paid more attention to the reviews). Overall, True Love Story is a well written, captivating, and very angsty book.

Note: The fact I gave a cheating plot-line a 3 to 3 1/2 star rating says something! I hate them.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 53%

Cringey romance. Cringey hero (I hate you so much, Ian). Cringey heroine. Cringey everything.

I won't even bother writing a full review for this, but I basically lost all interest and I figured the plot from a mile away.

Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner

This is literally the only thing I'm going to say. I won't write a review because it will turn into a rant of epic proportions. It's just better I keep my mouth shut and don't be a bitch about it.
Elizabeth (Liz)
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary

Heat Level: Medium

Angst Level: Angsty, but nothing OTT

Warnings: Cheating (it's an admission of cheating, but we don't 'watch' it happen)

5 Stars

True Love Story is an amazingly honest and emotionally complete journey! It is a journey that is so worth taking with Sparrow and Ian.

This is a simple story. Sparrow Fisher is a pastor's daughter, growing up outside of San Francisco. When we first meet her, she is eighteen years old, inc
• Lisa •


Willow Aster, has written a beautifully put together, engaging love story. My usual type of romance is normally sugar coated and laced with predictability. This novel is a little more realistic with its approach to real love, and I was sold.

This is the story of Sparrow and Ian a couple who complete each other, who fall in love over and over again like they can't survive without each other. They don't like, they love. The book takes the reader on a journey of hearts, leading you
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
True Love Story in a nutshell.

From the beginning Sparrow and Ian feel an instant connection.
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Over the course of time they sporadically see one another, but he always warns her he's not any good for her.
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After some time they finally get together (pretty much). This time was full of laughter and joy.
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But there's also lingering doubts.
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They continue to have a long distance relationship due to his music career and her school.

And then...
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I felt ill. I felt like someone had kicked
Mar 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Can't We All Agree to Just Agree

Ian: Sparrow, you are beautiful. Fucking gorgeous!!

Sparrow: No, Ian, you're beautiful.

Ian: No, no, no! Little Bird you are the most beautiful girl I've ever seen in my life!! I'm going to start calling you Little Bird because that's what a sparrow is, right? And with Sparrow being your name and all, it sounds perfect!! Not that the name Sparrow sounds a tad contrived or silly. And you know, I do write songs which sell millions of copies so it probably sounds v
Joan (official heroine hater)
Jan 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I’m not sure where to even begin with this book. There seems to a general outpouring of love for it but I’m afraid I just wasn’t feeling it...AT ALL!
I’ll admit to being a total heroine hater most of the time. The smallest thing can set me off with these chicks and they quickly find themselves on my sh*t list. Usually, though, I’m still able to swoon over the heroes or at least feel sorry for them that they have to put up with these clueless bimbos. I’m afraid that wasn’t the case here, no, I wa
Alex is The Romance Fox
True Love Story is exactly what it is. A girl meets a boy, they fall in love, go through good times and not so good times, heartbreaking times, some sad and some happy moments, but in the end, true love endures and they live happily ever after. It’s the ultimate and amazing and breathtaking love story. And that whatever happens, if two people are meant to be together, nothing will keep them apart.
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I loved Sparrow and Ian and liked seeing their relationship develop over a long period….
Smitten's Book Blog

Gosh, this is a difficult one. I want to pretend that I am a realist and that I understand that love stories are not all sweetness and light, and I enjoy as much angst as the other one... but when I read a romance novel, I want to be completely and utterly in love with my hero.

And I was... that's part of the problem.

I can no more "go on" without you than I could if half my body was cut away.

I know this isn't making any sense, but bear with me. Ian Sterling is the perfect book boyfri
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Just from the title I knew this would be my kind of book and I wasn't wrong! So be prepared, this book is very angsty and emotional and such a wonderful love story.

It starts out in the present, with Sparrow running into her ex-boyfriend, Ian, who she hasn't seen in over a year....a year, two months, and seventeen days to be exact. Ian was very bad and Sparrow just couldn't forgive him but Ian tried so hard to make things better and he's never gotten over her.


We then get swept into the past t
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
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 righ
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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5 Soul Wrenching stars!!
I am a masochist for Epic Love stories like these!

******* This review WILL contain SPOILERS*******

The first time Sparrow sees Ian, it's practically Love at first sight...
I really believe that love at first sight is true.. And this couple proves the theory...

Ian and Sparrow are like magnets to each other, despite their age difference. But age really is a number when it comes to love...and their love story is epic and heartbreaking at the same time..

“You’re going to break m
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
5+++++++++++ Stars. This book was brilliant. I loved it. It was heartbreaking but in the end I got my hea and I couldn't be more delighted. This book lived up to be everything I had hoped and didn't let me down. A must read.
Lise *friends don't flag*

Wow! This book grabbed me from the opening scene and took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions, which is a favorite high for me.
“Technically, he began breaking my heart the moment I met him, five years, eleven months, and one day ago.”

With that quote, I knew I was in for something good-bad-happy-sad-love-hate type of book. What I was not prepared for and delighted to experience was this well-written story with unique characters, from the MC’s to the second
Berry ♡ Nice
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

When you read page after page that turn into chapter after chapter and your heart won't stop twitching, skipping, swelling.... You know you've got a good read.

I went in blind. I did not read reviews, afraid of spoilers (No spoilers here) I'm glad I did because the journey was magnificent. I didn't even know if this would be a HEA and I was okay with whatever ending I got. I fell so in love with Ian and Sparrow, I believed the author would do right by them.
The ending was perfect
I cry for everything that’s lost. I cry that he gave up. I cry for the anger in his words. I cry that he’s found someone that has made him consider letting me go. I cry for the day I ever met him and thought I could handle someone like him. I cry that the girl he met that day in the restaurant is long gone.
And I cry because I don’t know what to do with this person that’s left.

I usually start a review with the quote that somehow gives the gist, the general feeling, a small snippet on
Review posted to: Swept Away By Romance

5 Perfect Stars
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult Romance
Heat Barometer: 3 out of 5 flames
Written Sparrow's POV

This story was perfect for me from beginning to end. I loved everything about it! I couldn't pull myself away to do anything I was suppose to do today, I just read and read, and read. I was totally captured by Sparrow and Ian and their beautiful, heartbreaking and realistic love story.

Ian is an up and coming musician and 9 years older than Sparrow. He
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
”Love is enough.
Love does conquer all.
Love really does always protect, trust, hope, persevere...
I’d even go as far as saying that love never fails. I finally believe that.”

I absolutely love the title of this book. The way that the author has the word Love it’s ingenious and it also gives a reader a just warning as to what to expect from this story.

This book takes you from the present where Sparrow Kate Fischer boards a plane and by chance is seated next to Ian Sterling, a hot and successful
Amanda (.---.--.-...-)

I'm almost scared to type a review for this book right now. It is like I put haterade in my coffee this morning.

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4.5 stars

I was given an advanced copy of Willow Aster’s book, True Love Story, in exchange for an honest review. To tell the truth, I sort of insisted upon being included in the release of this book after reading the first chapter at the end of Tarryn Fisher’s Dirty Red. I could just tell after reading that first chapter that I was going to want to hear Sparrow and Ian’s story. The pull between the two of them was so great, the tension so heavy that I needed to know more. Let me tell you, I was
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Willow Aster is the author of True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, Lilith, and 5,331 Miles. She is also half of the Fisher & Aster writing duo of The End of Men series.

Writing is the ultimate escape ... I love it and hate it and can't live without it. My home is in St. Paul, MN with my husband, two kids, and our rescue dog.

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