Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel (Paperback)

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This is one of those rare books you will not want to end.  I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story. 

Shandi, an unwed mother to a 3 year old genius, is working hard to finish college. She jumps at the chance to move closer to campus in her Dad’s condo.  On moving day Shandi stops with her son at a convenience store, with spectacularly bad timing. She is involved in a hold up gone wrong, stepping right into someone else’s love story. Natty, the son she loves more than anything, is far too close to the path bullets from the gunman may travel.  A good looking mountain of a man puts himself between Natty and the gun, Shandi falls instantly in love. 

There are so many layers to this charmingly entertaining story!  Shandi is feisty and spirited with a strong narrative voice, a humanly flawed likeable character.  William is not only willing to put himself between bullets and young children; he is also a brilliantly complicated guy still recovering from a tragic loss.  His best friend, Paula, is the queen of razor sharp retorts.   Wolcott, Shandi’s childhood friend, woo’s his girlfriends in the math department with poetry.

Shandi’s devoutly Christian mother and Jewish father divorced long ago, Dad remarried a shrewish woman and Mom is nursing a formidable sense of betrayal and anger. 

Dysfunctional but with hearts the size of all out doors, these are characters you come to like involved in a story sure to make you think and laugh. 

— Deon Stonehouse


Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling author 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.

Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Nathan, aka Natty Bumppo, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents. She's got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up and falling in love with William Ashe, who willingly steps between the 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 world. But William doesn't define destiny the way others do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in facts and numbers, destiny to him is about choice. Now, he 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.

About the Author

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of ten other novels, including gods in Alabama and Never Have I Ever. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.

Praise For…

“Witty, cleverly constructed and including a truly surprising twist, Someone Else’s Love Story turns out to be a nuanced exploration of faith, family and the things we do for love.” — People (3 ½ stars)

“Witty and insightful...a novel at once funny and touching.” — Publishers Weekly

“An inspiring story of love, faith and redemption...All of the characters... are so vividly drawn, they fairly leap off the page.” — Booklist on SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY

“That rare woman’s novel that is sure to please readers of popular fiction as well as literary fiction. A terrific pageturner!” — Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author of THE GREAT ESCAPE

Someone Else’s Love Story is worth reading, even studying. Expressions of love come in many forms, as Jackson shows.” — Omaha World-Herald

“Finely drawn characters make the miraculous plausible, from the opening hostage scene in a North Georgia convenience store to an ending that hits the mark of ‘surprising yet inevitable’ mastered and articulated by Flannery O’Connor.” — Atlanta Magazine

“A surprising novel, both graceful and tender. You won’t be able to put it down.” — Dallas Morning News on SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY

Someone Else’s Love Story is never predictable, full of humor and heart and characters you can’t help but love.” — Greenville News

“[T]here is love at [this novel’s] heart… there is much to gain from a closer read.” (3 out of 4 stars) — USA Today

“Joshilyn Jackson is a brilliant storyteller and has a unique gift of bringing quirkiness to her characters and a lot of twists and turns to her tale.” — Wichita Falls Times Record Review

“There are scenes that will make you gasp, pause or even tear up as Jackson’s characters fumble toward imperfect enlightenment. Someone Else’s Love Story will delight and surprise with its unexpected compassion, empathy and humanity.” — BookPage

“This charming page-turner serves up a twist I never remotely expected, followed by an utterly satisfying conclusion.” —

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062105660
ISBN-10: 0062105663
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: P.S.