Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review - The Story of Us

Title:   The Story of Us
Author:  Tara Sivec
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:  Forever 
Format:  Print
No. of Pages:  302
Date of Publication:  November 27, 2018
My Rating:  4 Stars

From the USA Today bestselling author of Fisher's Light comes a "heartbreaking and hopeful" (AL Jackson) standalone romance about first love and 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. 


Lieutenant Elijah James was a prisoner of war for 1,843 days, as the blurb shows. How tragic. Eli had an unspeakable experience during all of those years. What is worse is his best friend Rylan died during their capture. When Eli returns home, it is to go the one woman who could heal his broken soul, Shelby Eubanks. They had a love, a special love that he is desperate to rekindle.

However, when Eli sees Shelby again, it is apparent that she is ecstatic that he is alive. But from what he can tell, she certainly isn't the same woman. In fact, in some ways she seems more broken than he is. Also, she is involved with a man named Landry. What is worse is that Shelby is under her mother's thumb, as her mother treats her abominably. Eli really hopes he can reach Shelby's heart to let her know that he never stopped loving her. 

Shelby has her reasons for trying to keep her distance from Eli. But, oh her heart. Has she ever stopped loving him? No doubt the challenges they shared when they were young pale in comparison to what they will face now. Her problems with her mother are getting even worse. But, there seems like there is nothing that she can do.

How heartbreaking! The Story of Us is an apropos title. It is a story of two people getting a second chance, and who have to move mountains to find their way back to one another. Both Eli and Shelby have to communicate and while reading this story from dual purposes it was very touching. And how the author deals with Eli's after effects from his time while captured was very emotional. Then there were the letters that Eli wrote to Shelby. Definitely shed a few tears then. This dramatic story by Tara Sivec was a good read and I look forward to reading much more by her.

Many thanks to Forever for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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 they 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 boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara loves tackling new genres so there’s something for everyone! Currently, she has books in the following categories:

Romantic Comedy
Romantic Suspense
Erotic Romantic Suspense
Romantic Mystery/Comedy
Contemporary Romance
Psychological Thriller


  1. Great review! I've really enjoyed what I've read of Tara Sivec so far. I'll add this one to my TBR :-)