The Story of Us (LenaR’s Review)


Title: The Story Of Us
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 353 pages
Reviewed by: LenaR
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

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.


It was my first book by Barbara Elsborg, but I dare say she writes plot driven novels. A LOT of things happen, a LOT of twists. The author doesn’t waste too much time on interior monologues, her personal motto is probably dialogues instead of monologues. This way of telling makes the whole story fast-moving and easy to consume, and also kinda to a page turner because you just want to know what comes next and how it ends.

I can understand WHY the author is so popular withing the genre and I can also imagine that this book will find many lovers, but it just fell a bit flat for me and left me slightly unsatisfied.

What was good:

Many events and a lot of action, it was not boring at all, and I was curious all the time while reading how the story would develop itself.
The heartwarming love tale-story that will make many hearts melt.

What didn’t work for me:

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For me the love story between the MCs lacks of chemistry. It is difficult to believe when you look at their life-love-story: they always LOVED each other, from their very first meeting; and they always waited for each other, in spite of all obstacles and defeats. But their love from the first sight was for me nothing else than finding IN THE FIRST PLACE a kindred spirit and not the love of your life(at the age of 14).

Against this background the insta-love issue could be ignored or be easily explainable. But it is still an issue for me.

TOO MUCH DRAMA. Beginning with their back stories and through the whole plot this novel is OVERLOADED with DRAMA.

I don’t belong to a supporter of Islam, but even for me the picture of it was a bit too Trump-ish: unilateral, oversimplified, stereotypical, full of prejudices. If only it WERE THAT easy.

Zed’s music talent appeared insignificant in this list but very unrealistic, considering the fact, that he was not allowed to play a music instrument at all by his despotic father, and could play only at college and only in his late years there.

The whole prison period was also an off-factor for me. Not only the way Caspian got into it – it is a point where logic and reasoning were sacrificed to the next dramatic twist in the plot IMO – but everything around. I skimmed through sex scenes, it felt somehow wrong, even if it supposed to be an emotional moment in the book.

I personally don’t believe in “I-don’t-deserve-you” behavior when two persons LOVE each other with all their hearts. And again, the way Caspian did it, made me furious but also to roll my eyes. Yes, I got it – you can’t exaggerate with DRAMA, you can only bring it to a totally new level.

When I finished this book, I didn’t rate it immediately. It took me some time to order my thoughts, but I’m still on the fence with this one.
There were part that were good, but I had too many eye-rolling moments and I am still not sure, if 3,5 stars are a bit too much for this novel.
But I decided to leave it this way. I’m not sure if I am going to read more by the author in the future.

I think that the fans of Barbara Elsborg won’t be disappointed as they know what to expect and they want exactly WHAT she could offer her readers.
If you’re new to the author’s works and enjoy the plot-driven novels with many twists and all kind of emotions, and don’t mind some eye-rolls you’ll probably like this book too.


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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I’m sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I’m a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.

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