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 to hell and back during that time. While in the army, he became a prisoner of war. They tried to break him and if not for the memories of his sweet Shelby, he most likely would have never survived the ordeal.
When he finally makes his way back to her, she is not the sweet girl he remembers. Her dreams are seemingly forgotten, her fire and spark is extinguished and she seems more like a stranger than someone he has loved and dreamed about for years. He is sure she still has feelings for him and he is determined to fight for her and their love, no matter how difficult or hopeless that may seem.
This book wrecked me. Sivec really knows how to prey on her readers' emotions. My heart broke continuously for Eli and I so desperately wanted him to get his happily ever after. This is one of the most emotional second chance romances I have read in a good long while and if you like your romances to pull at your heartstrings, rip you apart and then sew the pieces back together you will love this story.
Reviewed by Rosemary Feil
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, and the one woman who loved me more than I ever deserved to be loved. Now, I'll do anything to get back to her.
Only Shelby Eubanks isn't the girl I left behind all those years ago. She's someone else, a stranger. My Shelby-my little green-eyed firecracker-would never give up her dreams, would never disappear into her mother's ambitions. But I won't give up on her. On us. I may be broken, and scarred, and not the man I used to be, but I will do whatever it takes to remind her of the story of us.
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