The Story of You and Me: a love story

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Recommended for New Adult and Mature Young Adult Readers:

She's driven to save her life. He's haunted by breaking one. Some secrets are risky to share. But nothing's more powerful than falling in love...

Nineteen-year-old Sophie has the kind of hope that makes her do weird things-like leave her family and friends behind in her small hometown and travel thousands of miles to a strange city-Los Angeles.

She ...

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Overview

Recommended for New Adult and Mature Young Adult Readers:

She's driven to save her life. He's haunted by breaking one. Some secrets are risky to share. But nothing's more powerful than falling in love...

Nineteen-year-old Sophie has the kind of hope that makes her do weird things-like leave her family and friends behind in her small hometown and travel thousands of miles to a strange city-Los Angeles.

She didn't plan on getting into the middle of a bar fight on the USCLA campus her first night in town. She didn't want to be rescued by twenty-one-year-old Alejandro, the hottest guy she's ever met. She has no time to fall for a guy because her stakes are high-life and death.

Sophie's starting a promising, experimental USCLA Medical study that could heal her debilitating disease. But California's filled with all kinds of alternative healers offering medical miracles. When she ventures on her own to find them, she quickly discovers that L.A.'s a tough city, with bad guys more than happy to take advantage of her.

She hires Alejandro to be her driver and her bodyguard. Their journeys take them to sunny beaches, dicey ghettos, campus hang-outs, gang-infested hoods and celebrity parties. And she learns that healing doesn't always come the way you think you need it.

Sophie's healing is six-foot-two-inches tall, has stunning hazel eyes, black, shiny hair and a rock solid chest that shelters her. Her healing is a smart, gorgeous Alpha Boy with a killer sense of humor-Alejandro.

As they fall in love, she realizes Alejandro isn't your typical college party boy-he has a dangerous past. And Sophie isn't the only one who keeps secrets.

A Story of Hope. A Story of Love. A Story of Redemption.

(HEA for Sophie and Alejandro.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781492789185
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela DuMond is the writer who discovered Erin Brockovich's life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to 'Hollywood'.

She's addicted to The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon -- not that other actor guy,) make her cry every time she watches them. (Like -- a thousand.)
She likes her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark and she lives for a good giggle.
When she's not writing Pamela's also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, yoga, movies, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her furballs. If she ever gets her act together, she might even blog more often.
Visit her website at www.pameladumond.com for news, reviews and info on upcoming books and whatever else is up there.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    I really liked the way that the characters interacted with one a

    I really liked the way that the characters interacted with one another. There were conversations you'd actually imagine two people having. That's so RARE to find. The book reeled me in within the first few pages and I couldn't put it down. Great stuff!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

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    Sophie is a Minnesota girl with a mission.  Her grandmother has

    Sophie is a Minnesota girl with a mission.  Her grandmother has advanced MS, and her time is running out.  Sophie, too has been
    diagnosed with MS. A trip to LA for the summer to take a genetics course at UCLA – and to seek out every kind of available treatment,
    from mystic to medical seems to be her best hope.

    Alejandro is a self-appointed designated driver.  Just hours after Sophie's arrival in LA, Alejandro is driving her to the ER.  After a few
    failed attempts at using public transportation – and because Sophie secretly wants to spend more time with Alejandro – she offers to
    hire him as her driver.

    He hopes to convince her to stay, but they both have painful secrets.  Sophie knows she needs to do everything she can to help her
    grandmother, and she's afraid that sharing her secret with Alejandro will drive him away.  But how long can she keep it a secret when
    her symptoms start to show?

    “Now's the time to tell me what you really want. Because if you don't want anything from me? Now's also the time I need to move on.”

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    The Story of You and Me is a young adult romance with heavy subject matter.  While there is a gently wry humor to it, it's not
    laugh-out-loud funny.  As it's written in first person from Sophie's point of view, the mood has a hesitant self-consciousness that
    reflects her age of 19.

    Sophie's character follows several YA tropes; she's pretty but doesn't know it, reluctant to believe she's “worthy” of the young man
    showing her attention, and self-conscious about her body.  She's a serious, studious, organized person. What keeps her from being a
    completely angst-y character is her occasional flashes of temper, her wit, and the lengths she's willing to go to find a possible
    treatment for her and her grandmother.

    Alejandro follows tropes much more closely. He's the good-looking boy with a moneyed family, trying to right a wrong from his past.  
    He thinks she's beautiful, and he saves her from herself and others more than once, in true hero form.

    The secondary characters have range, and except for a few of the other drivers, are easily discernible from each other. A couple of them
     have a bit more depth, like her grandmother, and her neighbor, Cole.

    There is a constant weight to the story that Sophie's illness brings.  It's not a light-hearted romance.  Her illness will likely mean
    disability and maybe, an early death.  There are moments of excitement, when Sophie's quest to investigate a treatment leads to her
    being in danger. These scenes are not heart-poundingly intense, but they do carry the weight of the situation and the reader does feel
    concern for her character. This is especially true in light of how her illness might be affected.

    The quality of writing is very good. The plot flow is steady, there isn't much drudge or filler. The common thread of secrets flows
    between Alejandro and Sophie quite well. Where the trust grows, so does their knowledge of each other.  There is a love scene, and it
     fits the mood of the story very well. It's not crude or explicit, but rather has the rose-colored haze of the memory of making love for the
     first time while in love.  The character development also maintains a steady arc from beginning to end.  The climax is partially
     predictable due to foreshadowingthe author, but that is overshadowed by the point of the story. That predictability is offset by its end
    result. It's the crisis that will either ruin the relationship or strengthen

    Personally, this is not a book I'd normally pick up and read, as the mood of books tend to linger in my psyche and affect my daily
    behavior.  However, it did remind me of my first love, the obstacles we had, and the depths of the loss I felt when it didn't work out.
    After a few relationships, I began to realize that risking that pain could mean feeling more love.  Like the first time a woman has a child,
     there's no description or warning of the pain that will ever prepare you for it. And like just about any mother will tell you, every minute of
     that pain is worth it.  

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

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    More than just another love story

    Nineteen year old Sophie is not your average teenager. Facing early onset MS, she’s determined to find healing, not only for herself but for her grandmother, who’s been living with it for longer than Sophie’s been alive. Her journey lands her in Los Angeles, where she seeks answers from experts and experimental treatments, but L.A. isn’t all sunshine and shopping, and she soon finds herself with a driver/bodyguard who’s far too appealing to remain just a friend.

    But...
    I can’t quite put my finger on it, but as much as I liked and pulled for Sophie, there were times when I felt a bit disconnected from her. I thought perhaps it was because I’ve never faced anything as devastating as MS, but then there are other stories with equally foreign challenges in which I had no trouble placing myself.

    The Verdict...
    Sophie’s inner strength and determination had me rooting for her from the very beginning, and I love that while Alejandro was very much a knight riding to her rescue, she remained in control by hiring him as her driver. Of course, that provided the perfect excuse for them to spend time together, and it also justified her not telling him about her illness.

    Their friendship is fast-blooming, with easy dialog, genuine emotion, and unique obstacles that deliver more that the cliche “dark secret.” And let’s not overlook their chemistry. Fueled by their very believable friendship, the heat between these two makes for steamy read, even with the somber premise. Alex is gorgeous, of course, but also sweet, funny, and patient, and he’s more than perfect for Sophie. Best of all, though, is the ending. While it would have been easy to tie things up neatly with a miracle cure and an easy future, Sophie and Alex’s tale ends on a happy but realistic note, which in many ways is much more hopeful than the usual ride off into the sunset.

    DuMond writes The Story of You and Me with all the drama, emotion, and chemistry of any good love story, but what she delivers is quite a bit more.

    ***FicCentral received this book from Xpresso Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

    I never expected this book to affect me the way it did. As an av

    I never expected this book to affect me the way it did. As an avid reader, I've always come across books where they say love heals. Love heals. I didn't know how powerful those words are until I read The Story of You and Me. It was beautiful, heart wrenching, and completely unforgettable.

    Sophie is currently fighting a debilitating disease at only 19 years of age. She finds her self in California to be part of an experimental drug program in a USCLA Medical study. She is not only fighting this disease for herself, but also for someone she loves. As we all know, life doesn't always go to plan. Life happens in the version of drop dead gorgeous, six foot two, Alejandro Levine. Sophie ends up hiring Alejandro as her driver. But, her secrets are her own. No matter how much she is falling for him. Little does she know that he has secrets too. That he is not just your average college student. When the two collide it is magical, consuming. Watching them fall in love was breath taking. Watching them fall apart was heartbreaking. Eventually Sophie realizes that she was looking for healing in all the wrong places. Alejandro healed her soul. And more. And Sophie? She gave Alejandro a reason to live. Again.

    "And that's when he finally kissed me. Sweetly. Slowly. Surely."

    THIS BOOK. The synopsis does not do it justice. If you think you know what it is about. You have NO idea. There is so much to this story. If you are reading some other NA book, put it down and start this one right now. Giving away more of it will just be a complete injustice. You need to FEEL this book. LIVE it. EXPERIENCE it. I was captivated by this story the moment I read the first page. Alejandro is like no other character. He completely stole my heart. Besides being devastatingly handsome, he is kind and has the most beautiful soul you will ever encounter while reading a book. Sophie is the most brave heroine you will ever meet. Life hands her a fate that is unimaginable at her age. Yet, rather than save herself, she fights to save someone else.

    "I thought of the funny ways our lives twist, turn, and collide. We think something's truly terrible-and it might be-but then something magic happens. You meet someone. You find healing. You fall in love."

    Sophie and Alejandro share a bond that is beyond words. Their love knows no boundaries. Their souls are completely attracted to each other. And you FEEL it. It is raw, genuine, all consuming love that these two grow into. Their beautiful story and journey completely inspire you. To love and live hard with everything. This story? THIS is romance. THIS is LOVE. TRUE love. A love that surpasses all. So why four stars? I wanted more. Their story cannot be over. At least not for me.

    "I knew that I'd always love him. He'd always hold an exceptional piece of my soul, my heart, my mind. He was my first love. He sheltered me."

    This book stole my heart with every word. It was powerful, consumed my mind for an entire day and I am still thinking about it this very next day. When it's love. You know it. You feel it. Just like with Sophie and Alejandro. Both are broken. They think they cannot be fixed until they meet one another. The world makes more sense now that they have each other. Love conquers. Love never fails. Love heals. Always. While this book is a standalone and a completely story, I would just like to say that I truly feel that there is so much more to their story and would love to see more of them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    There was something about this book that just drew me in from th

    There was something about this book that just drew me in from the first page, and has stayed with me since I finished it. It wasn’t just the perfectly paced romance or the stunning writing style, but the way that the characters were just so simply human, fighting for their right to live and love, and how their relationships were formed through the human need for connection, companionship and understanding.
    Sophie was a great heroine whom I identified with from the word go. The devotion she showed to her grandmother was heart-warming and it almost broke my heart to see the pains and lengths she went to in order to get answers for her and those like her who suffered from MS. I liked how this book really highlighted the illness as one that may seem invisible to onlookers, but reeks havoc on the individual, who like in Sophie’s case, are just trying to live their life as normally as possible.


    The connection she shared with Alejandro was just stunning. I adored his protective nature, as well as his very human desire to repent for his past mistakes, something that he used as a way to become a better person and help those around him, rather than making excuses for himself. He was the kind of hero that Sophie needed, and the way their relationship developed through flirty sarcasm, to strong friendship which became a love was just beautiful to watch. It was paced perfectly and I never thought the story was moving too fast or too slow. I liked how there was an almost road-trip feel to the story and it was eye-opening to see the kind of people out there that take advantage of people’s weaknesses and illnesses. Being a spiritual healer myself, it was heartbreaking but sadly true to see the real faces of some so called ‘healers’. Whilst I didn’t agree with all of Sophie’s choices, I felt for her so badly to have been treated badly by people she trusted to help her, all so she could help give her grandmother and herself a better value of life.


    Everything about this novel just sang to me. I loved the character driven story and how I connected with the characters so quickly and strongly, I adored the relationship development with Alejandro and Sophie, and really hoped they could put their demons behind them so they could be happy together. I loved how real the characters were, and how they made mistakes and bad choices even for the right reasons.

    This was a brilliant story that I can’t recommend enough.

    5 Stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    I was given a copy of Pamela Dumond¿s A STORY OF YOU AND ME in r

    I was given a copy of Pamela Dumond’s A STORY OF YOU AND ME in return for an honest review. When Sophie, a nineteen-year-old diagnosed with early-onset MS moves to LA, seeking alternative healing while participating in a stem-cell study, she comes to learn of the healing power of love. With Colleen Hoover-style dialogue, the witty banter between the characters kept me engaged. Like most readers of this sweet love story, I enjoyed the effort Pamela made to use non-stereotypes for the characters. This made them seem more lifelike. The secondary characters, Cole, Blue, and her grandmother were fun, too. I liked the quirkiness of Cole’s dog and her grandmother’s chutzpa. I would have liked to have seen more development and interaction with the first intuitive healer in Venice – the one who sent her off with the original message that “who” and not “what” will help with her healing. The research Pamela did for the alternative therapies shines and made for great adventures in this slowly unfolding love story. The pacing of the story was well done. Just as the story was starting to slow, Pamela inserted a little drama and snarky comments to pep it back up. I can’t give a five star rating to this author and her book because of two reasons. One, I spotted a handful of obvious typos and even a comma dangling in the middle of a sentence. And, two, the emotional/romantic connection between Sophie and Alejandro can be upped, even within this PG story. Their chemistry was playful and their dialogue spot on, but when they became intimate their connection wasn’t as passionate as it could be for first love.




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