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The Story of Us

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,830 ratings  ·  450 reviews
From USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec comes an emotional, breathtakingly romantic new book about the power of first love and the promise of second chances.

How much can a man take before he breaks?

1,843 days. That's how long I survived in that hellhole. They tried to break me, but I resisted. And I owe it all to the memory of warm summer nights, the scent of peaches,
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 11th 2017 by Forever Yours
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May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

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I wonder if she still thinks of me as much as I do her. I wonder if she knows she’s the only reason I’m still breathing, still fighting, and still holding on.

The Story of Us is an emotional second chance romance about a solider and the girl he left behind. When Eli went overseas, he did what he had to do and left behind the woman he loved, Shelby Eubanks. Shelby never thought Eli would come back, especially not to her. Not with the way she left things. But here he is,
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

I wonder if she still thinks of me as much as I do her. I wonder if she knows she’s the only reason I’m still breathing, still fighting, and still holding on.

It's been a while since Tara Sivec wreaked havoc on my emotions with Fisher's Light. Now she's completely destroyed me with The Story of Us. And no, these stories are not connected by anything other then the fact that they both equally broke me. I mean, God. GOD! This story. This incredibly poignant and powerful story of
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Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I’m standing here in this room, alive and breathing and fighting because of YOU! Because in between the torture and the beatings and the fucking hell, year after year, I couldn’t get you out of my head. I didn’t WANT to get you out of my head. Your smell, your smile, your laugh, your taste, your touch… it’s the only fucking thing that made me want to wake up every damn day and to go through that shit again and again. Thinking about you and fighting to get back to you is the only I could
Alex ♈
3.5 stars

I know Tara Sivec as a good author of romantic comedies and I was positively surprised how well she wrote a deep tragic story. Excellent!
Emotional, beautiful, deep writing.
I have no words. Bravo!

I’m disappointed… in myself… for not liking this book better.
Before you scroll and read my random thoughts why, please don’t let it hold you back from reading this book. It has the most beautiful moments / lines I read in romance. Only his letters to her deserve 5+ stars.

**********Ugly opinion
A.L. Jackson
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best book I have read all year. Heartbreaking and hopeful. Highly recommend.
5 Beautiful Stars!

I love books that make me feel, the soul-crushing, heart-wrenching kind of books, with characters you can attach yourself to. Right from the start, I was fully invested in Shelby and Eli’s beautiful story. I’m such a sucker for a second chance at love story, with two people finding their way back to each other. I devoured this emotionally intense tale of true love, redemption and forgiveness, I just couldn’t stop reading!

My heart went out to Eli, he is a shadow of the man he us
2.5 stars

Sadly for me the execution didn't live up to the promise of the blurb. This should have been a winner, it promised everything I love in a book - back from the dead hero, military hero, separation, angst, second chance. Instead the story just seemed to go round and round in circles with nothing much happening, yet the good stuff was glossed over instead of being built on. By three quarters through the book I was desperate for them to TALK about the huge honking elephant in the room, and
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely AMAZING. Tara Sivec is known for her very funny books and I absolutely loved everyone of them, so when I saw this book and realized this one probably going to be more sad then funny i automatically jumped right in. From the prologue I was hooked. I don't want to write a long review and spoil everything because I honestly think everyone needs to read this. I will say this book is sad so definitely have some tissues ready. This book is just beautiful the love Shelby and El ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3 ★'s

I've read a lot of Tara Sivec books, from the funny (Chocolate Lovers series) to the dramatic (Fisher's Light) and she does both quite well. In fact, I was surprised at how well she did indeed write Fisher's Light and jumped at the chance to read another one.

Unfortunately, she didn't quite work her magic with this one, at least for me. I felt it was really wordy and depressing as hell! I actually had to force myself to finish and that's never a good thing. :(

So, let me explain...BOTH chara
Elle's Book Blog
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: standalones, romance
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: Military Romance. Second Chance Romance.

GAH! This book had my eyes FLOODING with tears. It is absolutely gorgeous, but also achingly heartbreaking. Normally, when I pick up a book by Tara Sivec (she is one of my top 5 favorite authors) I know I am going in to have a good laugh. But this one is so different. It's not the type that will cause you to roll around in hysterics but instead, the type to make you FEEL. A lot of swooning happens too but the FEELS ar
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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The Story Of Us by Tara Sivec is a deep raw emotional second chance love story of a soldier and the woman he never stopped loving. With her delicate and sensitive prose, Sivec engages her readers to feel the depths of survival, hope, loss, and love as two former lovers reunites after five years.

 photo e7a7490437788a5b3ecead9ae9d4f4_zpssvujrfw1.gif I wonder if she’d touch me with the same boldness now that scars disfigure my skin . I wonder if she’d love me the same way when she saw how
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
This is a book that will be remembered for a long time!

For a book that looks beautiful but does not sound overly different in plot than a typical romance, I was surprised. Extremely surprised. This novel and the story in particular was incredible. Everything from the cover, to the story, to the complexities of the characters and their relationships, was absolutely stunning (sometimes heartbreakingly so).

This is a story that captures the reader's attention but also captures the reader's heart an
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Tara Sivec. She is such a well-rounded author and shows she can truly write anything. While her humor and comedy make me smile and laugh out loud, it's her stories from the heart that really speak to me emotionally and soulfully.

The Story of Us is a beautiful, 2nd chance love story that will pull at your heartstrings while making you root for a Happily Ever After.

Eli and Shelby are from completely different upbringings. How they meet is shown in the story and I won't spoil it for you bu
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-2017
The Story of Us by Tara Sivec
4 stars!!!

“I’m dying.
I’m alive.
I can’t breathe.
I’m whole.”

I have loved this author from the very beginning and as much as I love her rom-coms, my most favourite books of hers to this day remain her more serious, emotional and angsty reads and The Story of Us is one of them. The Story of Us is a second chance romance between a soldier and the woman he left behind. Shelby and Eli didn’t part ways how they wanted, or how they expected but through a forced ci
Natasha is a Book Junkie
I’ve died a thousand times over the years, all for him.

Ah, there’s nothing quite like the sweet, prickly angst of a second chance romance! The mere premise of this book called to me from the start—just the idea of a soldier coming back from war and having to fight for the woman he’d left behind making me tingle with excitement—but I knew that in the hands of this author, a story like this can become something truly special. Because when Tara Sivec wants to make you laugh, she will le
☾☆ Nikki. ✿
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh my god. This book is amazing. I did not expect that at all, I'm in tears. Ugh my heart, if you're emotional like me then be prepared when reading this book.

But even though there was a sad part in this book that really got to me, it had a lot of good moments too and the the love between the two main characters is just perfect. I also enjoyed the writing and it was very enjoyable to read. The epilogue was very cute.

Ughhh. Still feeling sad. I need to read something happy now✨

Adding this to my
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a ride!! This is such a tear jerker, playing at sorts of emotions book and I loved it...I usually tend to stick to less ansty and painful contemporaries but this story caught my attention from the blurb and it didn't let go till the end.

Eli James , a marine has been in a hell hole for the past 1,843 days since his capture after being in a IED explosion by the enemies armed forces. He and his best friend were trapped for years and the only thing that got him through was Shelby and making
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
“I love you … Only you. Always you.”

4 stars

Tara Sivec brings the feels again with The Story of Us, an emotional second chance romance between a soldier and his first love – a young couple that were heartbreakingly torn apart only to be unexpectedly reunited years later, both damaged and scarred. A surprising, dramatic and heartfelt story that is beautifully romantic and left me feeling all fluffy with a big grin on my face.

I’m broken and scarred and half the man I used to be, but if she’ll l
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5+ stars

This is one of those stories that truly takes you on a journey. It is not predictable and there are surprises. There are tragic circumstances and no easy fixes. Both of the the characters are broken and in need of healing.

Eli James and Shelby Eubanks had a secret summer love affair six years ago. He worked in the stables for her affluent family. But all control was taken away from them by circumstances. Eli ended up suffering a loss and then was deployed faster than expected. And he b
Wit & Wonder Books
***ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review***
The Story of Us by Tara Sivec is a military/second chance romance that grips you from the first page until the last. Absolutely amazing yet heartbreaking tale between Lt. Elijah “Eli” James and Shelby Eubanks. A tale that will leave you pondering long after you finished!
Dog tags Shelby hides in her jewelry box to remind her of better times, times of happiness and wanting. Now she plasters a smile to a man whom she doesn’t love as much
Anne OK
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
Hello Tearjerker!  Tara Sivec, you normally make me laugh.  You show me a good time.  And I come away a happy camper.  This time around you gave me tears and a sad heart – you rained on my campground.

BUT . . .

I won’t complain because Shelby and Eli’s achingly beautiful story was worth a couple days of cloudiness and a box of kleenex.  The writing was beautifully executed.  A multi-layered tale in which I was gripped by the suspenseful conspiracy element.  Two terrific main characters who simply
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
The Story of Us by Tara Sivec
4 stars!!!

“I’m dying.
I’m alive.
I can’t breathe.
I’m whole.”

I have loved this author from the very beginning and as much as I love her rom-coms, my most favourite books of hers to this day remain her more serious, emotional and angsty reads and The Story of Us is one of them. The Story of Us is a second chance romance between a soldier and the woman he left behind. Shelby and Eli didn’t part ways how they wanted, or how they expected but through a forced ci
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful. A second chance love story about survival. Both Shelby and Eli are so deserving of a hea. This one broke my heart especially with the twist that I didn't see coming but so well done. The epilogue made me smile, Loved it! ...more
Romance Readers Retreat
Tara Sivec is probably most well known for her romantic comedies, but she also writes excellent romantic suspense and emotional contemporary romances. The Story of Us is one of those emotional contemporary romances. It will break your heart at certain points and most likely will require a box of tissues.

Eli and Shelby were childhood sweethearts and as often happens, people, events and life got in the way of their love story. It has been five+ long years since Eli has seen Shelby and he has bee t
Literary Epic
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5+ Stars for this utterly spectacular book!

I’m not sure I have words to express how amazing this book was. From the very beginning you are captivated by the story, you’re in the hellhole with Eli. You feel every heart-breaking emotion and are left broken.

Eli and Shelby’s story was remarkable, and it’s not an easy story to read or tell. I can only imagine the emotions Tara must have gone through writing this book. You're sucked more in to the story with every word, you get more invested in Eli a
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher, Forever Yours, via NetGalley***

Eli and Shelby were together in high school and then life, the military, and things beyond their control both separated them and left Shelby thinking that Eli was dead.

Shelby moves on with her life, sort of, and gets quite a shock when it turns out that Eli is not only alive, but coming home after a number of years as a prisoner in a foreign country.

The angst is there, the stress and joy of the first time they see one another, the
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 - 3 STARS

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The book has an emotional start. Marine, Elijah (Eli) James has been through hell. Despite his circumstances and the hardships he endured, the woman he loves, Shelby Eubanks was what kept him going. Kept him wanting to survive. To return to her. And when he returns she is a shadow of the woman she was. The woman he always that she would come to be. Shelby and Eli are from different worlds, but their love didn’t know circumstance or
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
When I first saw this book, I was all "Soldier book? Sign me up!" especially considering I loved Fisher's Light. Loved it. This?

Not what I expected. At. All. I wanted a military man, what I got was corruption and political bullshit with an intro of tortured hero.

Then on top of that....

the run-on sentences drove me nuts. Seriously, we don't need to make 6 sentences become one.

But what really got to me was the repetition.

I gave up everything for him. I gave up everything for him. I gave up eve
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have never read a Tara Sivec book before. Yeah, I know, I’m really late to the game. I’m not sure why I haven’t but when I saw a blurb for The Story of Us, it seemed like something that I would enjoy. I enjoy a good second chance romance while the aspect of it being a military love frightens me. I had a feeling I was in for the ride of my life...and I was right.

As I sat today and read the book, I am in awe of Ms. Sivec. I am completely and utterly heartbroken one minute and then totally in lo
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Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of

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