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~Pre-Release Review~The Story of Us by Barbara Elsborg~

 

42562254Title: The Story of Us
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 435 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

Two boys. One love. Ten summers. 
Are you okay?
The first words Zed says to Caspian, and the first time someone has cared about the answer. On a hot summer’s day, the lives of two boys are changed forever. A rebel and a risk taker, Caspian doesn’t give a damn for the consequences. Studious and obedient, Zed is the good boy who is never good enough.
The two couldn’t be more different, but there’s one thing they share, a need to belong to someone who understands them, someone who cares. Their friendship goes deeper than either can possibly imagine. They’re young, in love, and planning their future when an act of betrayal tears them apart. 
Fate deals its hand. Seasons pass. Zed’s words follow Caspian through pain, fear and into the darkest of places. Friendships can last a lifetime, even when the world conspires to crush them. But this is more than friendship. This is love and they’re not going to let it slip through their fingers. 
The Story of Us is a tale of love and survival, and the triumph of good over evil against the odds.
The Story of Us is a new adult contemporary romance. It deals with family and social issues, violence and cruelty to children but not sexual assault, sexual situations, and has dark elements and suspense. The events and locations are a mixture of real and fictional. The characters are fictional.


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“This is our story. We can make it whatever we want it to be.”

The Story of Us is a thought-provoking, emotional story about 2 young boys who meet in the summer of 2010 and the subsequent story follows their lives over ten summers.

Aged 14 and 15 when they meet both boys don’t have happy home lives and their struggles within their families were incredibly difficult to read at times. Caspian is just a little bit wild, a free spirit, always looking for new adventures. Zed is more cautious, he definitely doesn’t want to risks and draws attention to himself but they compliment each other perfectly.


Time passes and they wait and they plan…but the worst kind of betrayal leaves both their young lives in tatters. My heart was in my mouth more than once reading this, it’s definitely not pretty at times but it had me completely gripped.

There’s a reason Barbara Elsborg is one of my favorite Authors and this book is no exception. She weaves a carefully crafted story here, incorporating real-life events effortlessly that fit into the story so well.

Caspian and Zed’s story is so many things…there’s love and laughter, there’s pain and suffering…it’s about friendship, family (not necessarily conventional)…it’s happy, it’s sad.
Go on this remarkable journey with these two young men…you won’t be disappointed.

I highly recommend! 💓 

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