this thing between us

Part memoir, part inspired by the best-selling novel The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, This Thing Between Us reveals how that once-in-a-lifetime unbridled love penetrates the soul and remains imprinted there forever.


Journeying by way of poetic verse and photography, author Ben Stellino captures the splendor of love’s many shades. She construes the mind-set and emotions of Robert Kincaid and Francesca Johnson at the end of their four days together—after which they never see each other again.


Stellino unveils her personal story spanning over 30 years, in the process drawing parallels that reflect the essence and magic of Robert Kincaid and Francesca Johnson’s emotional journey.

This Thing Between Us
This Thing Between Us

Buy The Book

If you remember Robert James Waller’s iconic  book,
The Bridges of Madison County

If you remember the movie starring
Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep

If you have ever been in love

If you have ever loved and lost


this thing between us!

About the author

Ben Stellino’s belief in living in the moment allows her to appreciate the poetry of life and invites magic to happen. Benslenz is her soul’s eye ready to capture beauty, unspoken grace, and everyday nuances.


“This Thing Between Us” reveals Stellino’s personal story spanning 30 years, drawing parallels to the bestselling novel “The Bridges of Madison County” by Robert James Waller.

Book Photography

View a collection of work by writer and photographer Ben Stellino

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The Road
This Thing Between Us - No Off Switch
The Bridge