Author: Willow Aster
Reviewed by: Onnica
Basic story: Sparrow Fisher is a good girl – she’s the apple of her parents’ eye. The Pastor and his wife want her to have the life they’ve had – married at nineteen to a pre-approved, suitable boyfriend. The only problem is that despite her polite demeanour, Sparrow is not going to have her life planned out for her. She likes her boyfriend Michael very much, but when he proposes, her fight or flight instincts kick in. She continues with her plans to attend school in New York with her best friend Tessa. Before her departure she meets Ian Sterling, a well-known and respected musician whom she has admired for years. He is visibly bowled over by her on their first meeting and so begins a love/hate story that spans five years. They fall for each other rapidly, only it becomes clear than Ian has secrets and seems unable to love Sparrow the way she loves him. After secrets emerge and betrayals are uncovered, Sparrow has to decide whether true love is enough to fix a shattered heart.
Why you should read it: This is a roller coaster of a story. It spans five years of a relationship, told in flashback. The suspense at times killed me; (which is why I demolished the story in less than 24 hours) the passion between Sparrow and Ian is dramatic, touching, sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing. There are some sexy times too which are hot but not over the top. I felt it was pitched perfectly. This is also a stand-alone book – so you get closure and an enormous sense of well-being at the end of the story.
What you might hate: Ian does go a little bit mad after losing the girl – you’ll see what I mean, and at times it does feel a little bit melodramatic. However, the likeability of the characters and the fact that you’ll be rooting for both of them kept me engaged to the very end of the story. I know a lot of you out there hate cheating too, so it will be interesting to see what you all think.
Rating: 3/5 – an impressive debut from Willow Aster. I really enjoyed her narrative style and her gentle humour. I’ll happily read more of her books in the future if she continues to write heroines like Sparrow and heroes like Ian. What can I say, I can never resist a musician!