Written By: Joshilyn Jackson
Published By: William Morrow & Company November 19, 2013
Length: 320 pages
Once again the She Reads ladies have chosen a wonderful book for us to share. I’ve loved Joshilyn Jackson‘s books for a couple of years now, I was late to the party but caught up. I’ve met the lovely writer a couple of times, and she is just as fun in real life. Not necessarily larger than life, somewhat quiet and yet so engaging when she does speak. When Joshilyn tells a story she tells it with heart and soul. I often like to say that listening to her read her books is like listening to a friend telling a great story, maybe even sitting on a porch swing, just sipping a glass of sweet tea, or bourbon.
For single mom Shandi Pierce, life is a juggling act. She’s finishing college; raising her delightful three-year-old genius son, Nathan, aka Natty Bumppo; and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Christian mother and Jewish father. She’s got enough to deal with before she gets caught in the middle of a stickup in a gas station mini-mart and falls in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who steps between the armed robber and her son to shield the child from danger.
Shandi doesn’t know that her blond god has his own baggage. When he looked down the barrel of the gun in the gas station he believed it was destiny: it’s been exactly one year since a tragic act of physics shattered his universe. But William doesn’t define destiny the way other people do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in science and numbers, destiny to him is about choice.
Now, William and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head-on, making choices that will reveal unexpected truths about love, life, and the world they think they know.
Someone Else’s Love Story is Joshilyn Jackson’s funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love and learning that things aren’t always what they seem–or what we hope they will be. It’s a story about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need.
Flowing smooth like a river this story just keeps the reader engaged and waiting for more. Shandi’s story alone is compelling. She’s got this quirky brilliant son who needs a better school, her whole reason for moving and being in the Circle K. Her very best friend is Walcott and he is trying to help and protect Shandi, sometimes from herself.
The introduction of William and how unique he is, his tragic loss and yearning love makes him impossible to really reach. Shandi is star struck and all gushy about him, and his very best friend is protecting him from everything.
This book is not the kind of love story you imagine when you begin reading. Shandi and William help each other in ways I didn’t see coming, and she shares with him a secret that very few people know. Shandi discovers William’s secret…and she is shocked..just like I was.
I loved this book, and I highly recommend it to lovers of women’s and southern fiction. You won’t be disappointed.
I’ve already purchased the audiobook of Someone Else’s Love Story , and very soon Joshilyn will be reading to me again!
There is also a pre-quel short story available in ebook or print for this story, please look for My Own Miraculous everywhere books are sold.