Someone Else's Love Story

Jackson, Joshilyn

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Someone Else's Love Story
"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" -- from author's web page. Single mom Shandi Pierce's life takes a turn when an enigmatic geneticist saves her and her 3-year-old genius son from an armed robber.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062105653
Characteristics: xiii, 300 pages ;,24 cm


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Aug 25, 2014
  • dorthb rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Half way through this book, I told someone who the characters were and what the story was. She responded with: "What are you reading??!?
It ended up being a story about finding who you really loved. What a different story. Loved it.

Feb 21, 2014
  • claireswazey rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fun read. Good escapism.Good story line and not too predictable. I liked it.

Jan 26, 2014
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Truly clever, intertwined novel that surprisingly surprises the reader. I love, love, love William's character and found the story was crafted with precision and care that honors the reader.

Jan 22, 2014

"Single mother Shandi Pierce and her genius three-year-old son are stocking up on snacks at a gas station when they become the hostages of the none-too-bright punk trying to hold it up. Fellow hostage William Ashe saves the day, however, which prompts Shandi to fall in love with him and care for him upon his release from the hospital. But this isn't a romance novel, and Shandi might not get her happy ending. With vivid characters and thoughtful, often funny writing, this enjoyable novel takes on faith, love, and the unpredictability of life in a manner that is "both graceful and tender" (Kirkus Reviews)." Fiction A to Z January 2014 newsletter

Jan 08, 2014
  • beachcat2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book- such interesting characters and an engrossing plot - hard to stop reading to go to sleep. Thanks to Joshilyn Jackson! I have read all her novels and I think she just keeps getting better.

Dec 14, 2013
  • dontbugmeimreading rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cute love story with a surprise ending.


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Jun 14, 2014
  • SlotFather rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A whole and grown-­up person would go and simply tell him. I’m in love with you. A whole and grown-­up person would ask him. Can you please love me back?


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