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I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K

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.

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"Friendships and relationships are tested by tragedy in this witty and insightful sixth novel from the author of Gods in Alabama and A Grown-up Kind of Pretty. Single mother Shandi Pierce is paralyzed with fear when she and her young son Natty are caught in the crossfire of a convenience store stickup gone bad. That is, until the dashing William Ashe steps between Natty and the gunman. Smitten by her erstwhile savior, Shandi buddies up to William, hoping their friendship can become more, but is stymied by complications in the form of Shandi's disapproving best friend Walcott, William's cohort Paula, Shandi's ever-feuding divorced parents, and William's own heartbreaking and as-yet unresolved past. With a deft wit and a series of stellar twists, Jackson creates a conventional love story that is also something more: an exploration of what draws people together, and pushes them apart; a commentary on faith's ability to unite or divide; and a reminder that 'death brushing past makes people hungry to connect to other people.' What emerges is a novel at once funny and touching, whose characters' many flaws are overshadowed by all the ways in which they look out for one another. The final denouement of Jackson's roller-coaster love story will leave the reader both thoroughly sated and hungry for more. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“An inspiring story of love, faith and redemption....All of the characters...are so vividly drawn, they fairly leap off the page.” Booklist

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

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“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

About the Author

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.

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The Lost Entwife, December 16, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
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.
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McGuffy Ann, November 25, 2013 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
This beautiful novel drew me in from the first page and held me to the last. It is definitely a complicated love story, but the love is sincere and often heartbreaking.

Shandi is a single mother of precocious, bright three year old Natty. She has convinced herself that Natty was a miraculous virgin birth. She cannot face the reality of this being the result of a party she cannot remember. She also refuses to see Natty as a mistake. She is a wonderful mother, fully devoted to Natty.

William is a brilliant research scientist, he is a genius. However, he has Asperger’s. He is struggling with emotions and life. He is also trying to deal with the car accident that resulted in the loss of his wife and young daughter.

Shandi and William’s worlds collide at a convenience store where a robbery takes place. Shandi, Natty and William are taken hostage along with several others. William becomes the hero, first sheltering Natty and then taking control of the hostage situation. Shandi immediately feels drawn to William, as does Natty. A deep bond forms between the three of them.

As their relationship grows, they find out more about each other and their pasts. They inevitably learn more about themselves, as well. There are many twists, turns, and surprises in this book.

Joshilyn Jackson has a way with portraying characters that you care about, in difficult situations. This is a sweet, touching novel filled with people who ultimately seek not only to be loved, but to love others, too.
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McGuffy Ann, November 25, 2013 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
This beautiful novel drew me in from the first page and held me to the last. It is definitely a complicated love story, but the love is sincere and often heartbreaking.

Shandi is a single mother of precocious, bright three year old Natty. She has convinced herself that Natty was a miraculous virgin birth. She cannot face the reality of this being the result of a party she cannot remember. She also refuses to see Natty as a mistake. She is a wonderful mother, fully devoted to Natty.

William is a brilliant research scientist, he is a genius. However, he has Asperger’s. He is struggling with emotions and life. He is also trying to deal with the car accident that resulted in the loss of his wife and young daughter.

Shandi and William’s worlds collide at a convenience store where a robbery takes place. Shandi, Natty and William are taken hostage along with several others. William becomes the hero, first sheltering Natty and then taking control of the hostage situation. Shandi immediately feels drawn to William, as does Natty. A deep bond forms between the three of them.

As their relationship grows, they find out more about each other and their pasts. They inevitably learn more about themselves, as well. There are many twists, turns, and surprises in this book.

Joshilyn Jackson has a way with portraying characters that you care about, in difficult situations. This is a sweet, touching novel filled with people who ultimately seek not only to be loved, but to love others, too.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062105653
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Jackson, Joshilyn
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20131119
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 22.8 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Friendships and relationships are tested by tragedy in this witty and insightful sixth novel from the author of Gods in Alabama and A Grown-up Kind of Pretty. Single mother Shandi Pierce is paralyzed with fear when she and her young son Natty are caught in the crossfire of a convenience store stickup gone bad. That is, until the dashing William Ashe steps between Natty and the gunman. Smitten by her erstwhile savior, Shandi buddies up to William, hoping their friendship can become more, but is stymied by complications in the form of Shandi's disapproving best friend Walcott, William's cohort Paula, Shandi's ever-feuding divorced parents, and William's own heartbreaking and as-yet unresolved past. With a deft wit and a series of stellar twists, Jackson creates a conventional love story that is also something more: an exploration of what draws people together, and pushes them apart; a commentary on faith's ability to unite or divide; and a reminder that 'death brushing past makes people hungry to connect to other people.' What emerges is a novel at once funny and touching, whose characters' many flaws are overshadowed by all the ways in which they look out for one another. The final denouement of Jackson's roller-coaster love story will leave the reader both thoroughly sated and hungry for more. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “An inspiring story of love, faith and redemption....All of the characters...are so vividly drawn, they fairly leap off the page.”
"Review" by , “Witty and insightful...a novel at once funny and touching.”
"Review" by , “That rare woman's novel that is sure to please readers of popular fiction as well as literary fiction. A terrific pageturner!”
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