Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
- Method of Obtaining: I obtained my copy TLC Tours.
- Published by: William Morrow
- Release Date: 11.19.2013
At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her son.
Shandi doesn’t know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. When he looked down the barrel of that gun he believed it was destiny: It’s been one year to the day 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, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, in a funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness,; about a virgin birth, a sacrifice, and a resurrection; about falling in love, and learning that things aren’t always what they seem—or what we hope they will be. It’s a novel about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need
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Have you ever read a book and felt like it was unfolding so perfectly, so exquisitely, that the only thing you can compare it to is watching a rose as its pedals unfurl to greet the sun? Sounds pretty cheesy, doesn’t it? And yet – it’s so perfect for Someone Else’s Love Story. The first chapter of this book was so perfectly paced it made my toes curl with complete love. The descriptions were so exquisitely painful and pleasurable all at once that my teeth ached. I wanted to sink into the pages of Jackson’s story and not emerge again until all was revealed and life was returned to its mundane self.
I honestly can’t tell you who I loved more in this story: Shandi or William or Natty – and that’s not even touching on the love I felt for the “best friends” of the group – but I’ll talk about them in a little bit. Shandi and William try to steal the scene as being some of the most naive, innocent main characters a reader can ask for but then there’s Natty thrown into the mix with his bits of wisdom and his regressions. The result is a trio of characters so compelling it’s difficult to put the book down because you just need to know more right now.
Then there’s Walcott and Paula – two of the most fantastic supportive characters I’ve seen in a book since… well.. since some of the classics (I’m thinking about Sam in Lord of the Rings right now). While there is nothing fantasy-related about Someone Else’s Love Story, the power of love and loyalty and devotion rings so true in these two characters that it’s difficult to imagine living life without a best friend of your own, just like one of them.
I am so thrilled I picked this book up. I was a fan of Jackson’s previous book, Gods in Alabama, so I knew that I would be in for a treat but I had no idea that she would hit it out of the ballpark with Someone Else’s Love Story. This one comes highly recommended, but be prepared to set aside hours for full immersion. This love story demands nothing less.
About the Author
New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband, Scott, their two children, Sam and Maisy Jane, and two feckless, dog-shaped wastrels who answer to Bagel and Ansley, especially if you are holding bacon. They all serve an orange tom named Mango in various capacities.
She is the author of five novels: gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, and twice been shortlisted for the Townsend prize.
A former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of her novels; her work in this field has been nominated for the Audie Award, was selected by AudioFile Magazine for their best of the year list, has made the 2012 Audible All-Star list for highest listener ranks/reviews, and garnered three Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly. In 2012 Jackson began reading the audio versions of books written by other novelists, beginning with Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer.
Her new book, Someone Else’s Love Story, will publish on November 19, 2013. She thinks you should pre-order it.
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