Thursday, March 13, 2014

Guest Book Review: The Story of Us

By Sara Steven

Reading a good book is like a mini-mental vacation for me. It’s all about finding myself in another world, or within someone else’s shoes- an escape if you will, and let’s face it. We all need an escape from time to time.

The Story of Us took me on a mini-mental vacation, and it was just what I needed. Nestled within the imagination of Ellen Faith lives Alexandra “Lexi” Jones, a soon-to-be 30 year-old who is living in England with her rich, handsome fiance. She’s due for a promotion at work any day now, and is truly content in the life she’s leading, until she loses the promotion, and discovers her fiance at home early one afternoon, in the shower. With his secretary. Not only that, but her ex-boyfriend who she has been in love with since high school comes knocking on her door, expressing a lot of interest in picking up where they left off. Lexi has always viewed him as her long-lost soul mate. The problem? He’s currently engaged to someone else.

When Lexi’s best friend books a flight to San Francisco for a work assignment, Lexi decides to tag along. She’s always wanted to visit California, and she wants to forget the drama and not deal with the reality of her life. She soon discovers she’s traded one drama for the next. A new potential love interest in the form of a gorgeous man enters stage left, and he’s nothing like anyone she’s ever known before. Is she falling for this
man? Should she return to London, or stick around and see where her future lies? And what about the ex-boyfriend, who hunts her down, ready to give up his own engagement for a new beginning with Lexi?

This was a sweet, easy story, and one I could fall right into and not put down. Although a few of the twists and turns were predictable, I very much enjoyed living vicariously through Lexi. She tells it like it is, and has an enviable spirit. Most of us have been in a position where we feel we have to make a tough call in life, and this made Lexi a very believable character.

It was the perfect escape during this bitterly cold winter, and I could practically feel the warm sunshine on my face when reading about San Francisco, a place I’ve never been to, but a place I’d love to visit someday. After reading The Story of Us, maybe I will!

Thanks to Ellen Faith for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Sara Steven is a wife and stay-at-home mother of two rambunctious boys in Bellevue, NE. When she’s not running marathons, or working on her novel, she takes a break and opens up a good book (or turns on her Nook). Find her at her blog.

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