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Review: Someone Else’s Love Story

December 19, 2013

Someone Else's Love Story

While Shandi and her young son Natty are moving to Atlanta, he begins to feel sick so they stop at a gas station.  While they’re there, a man comes in waving a gun around.  Another customer, William Ashe, puts himself between the gunman and Natty, instantly winning Shandi’s heart.

William is a brilliant scientist with Asperger’s.  He’s still recovering from a loss and feels the robbery may just be his destiny and he acts accordingly.

As their lives intersect, both Shandi and William have to confront their pasts so they can decide on a future.  Along the way, they learn about love, loyalty, and friendship.

I have been a fan of Joshilyn Jackson‘s ever since I read Gods in Alabama.  I’ve enjoyed every book since then but Gods in Alabama remained my favorite until I read Someone’s Else’s Love Story.  I have to tell you, Jackson knocked it out of the park with this book!  It claims the spot as my favorite of her books and will definitely be one of my favorites of the year.

Shandi is such a great character.  As a young mom, she’s still trying to grow up and figure out life, even as she raises Natty, who appears to be gifted.  She’s smart, hard working, and yearning for love.  William is a great character as well.  He struggles with emotions but wants to do the right thing.

Great characters alone don’t cut it for me, though.  I’m happy to say the plot of Someone’s Else’s Love Story is outstanding as well.  It’s a little quirky, in a good way, and kept me guessing as I read.  I needed to know what would happen to these characters who felt like old friends to me.

I’ve met Joshilyn Jackson several times and I think her voice is so true and clear in this book.  It felt like she was sitting down and telling me a story and I loved every word of it.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
32 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2013 4:59 am

    A new one from this author for me. Sounds a really good story.

  2. December 19, 2013 5:52 am

    Oh this sounds wonderful. Gods in Alabama has been my favorite as well but now I’m very excited to listen to SELS!

  3. December 19, 2013 7:00 am

    Glad u enjoyed this. I liked the ending.

  4. December 19, 2013 7:20 am

    This is next on my “to read” list. I also read Gods of Alabama years ago, but haven’t read any of her other books. Everyone seems to love this one, though…looking forward to it!

  5. December 19, 2013 8:00 am

    I enjoyed reading your great review! I loved this book as well.

  6. December 19, 2013 8:07 am

    I love how you mentioned that if felt as if she were sitting down and telling you a story. I got the same vibe from this book 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  7. December 19, 2013 8:23 am

    I just started this one and so far I have to agree with you- it’s fantastic! I read the Kindle single “My Own Miraculous” first and fell in love with Shandi, Nate and Walcott. I can’t wait to finish “Someone Else’s Love Story”. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  8. December 19, 2013 8:30 am

    Everyone loves Joshilyn Jackson… must read this author in 2014!!

  9. December 19, 2013 8:34 am

    I must add this to my list of books and authors to read. Your review made me want to run right out and my it, but the closest indie bookstore is 100 miles away. Christmas is just around the corner, maybe I can still get a letter off to Santa!

  10. December 19, 2013 8:34 am

    I have this book! It’s sitting on my bedside table. Last night I needed a book for a gift exchange for book club and I picked it up (thinking I could just order myself a new one), then put it down and grabbed another ‘unread’ book from my bookshelf to take. Now I am so happy, because I just might read this next! (doesn’t take much to make me happy)

  11. December 19, 2013 8:35 am

    Have you read all her books Kathy? I have listened to them all on audio (except for this one) and love love love the audio versions. You know.just in case you ever want to go through them again 🙂

  12. Beth F permalink
    December 19, 2013 10:06 am

    Wow — if this is now your favorite, I really need to get to it soon!!!

  13. December 19, 2013 10:37 am

    Totally agree with you about this one being the best!

  14. Beth Hoffman permalink
    December 19, 2013 11:15 am

    I just finished it a few days ago and really enjoyed it, too!

  15. Athira permalink
    December 19, 2013 11:30 am

    This sounds like it may be my first Joshilyn Jackson book. I’ve heard so much about all her books that I can’t wait to discover for myself.

  16. December 19, 2013 12:57 pm

    I am really looking forward to reading this and am glad you enjoyed it, Kathy!

  17. December 19, 2013 12:58 pm

    This is one of my favorites of the year – so good!

  18. talesofwhimsy permalink
    December 19, 2013 3:18 pm

    Yay. Sounds like a total winner.

  19. Patty permalink
    December 19, 2013 3:47 pm

    I loved loved loved this book!

  20. December 19, 2013 4:37 pm

    I love this author, so I will be sure to read this one, glad you enjoyed it.

  21. December 19, 2013 6:33 pm

    Sounds like i should read something else of hers first because this one might be hard to top.

  22. December 19, 2013 9:16 pm

    This sounds incredible! I will try to read this before to long. It would be my first by this author.

  23. December 19, 2013 10:47 pm

    Thank you for your kind words, and it is a sad time if we’ve lost someone we love.

  24. December 20, 2013 12:06 am

    For some reason the first time I tried Jackson she didn’t work for me. I keep meaning to try again. One of these days!

  25. December 20, 2013 3:19 pm

    The fact that it’s one of your favorites for the year reminds me that I really need to read this author!

  26. December 21, 2013 1:32 pm

    I haven’t read this author yet, and this sounds like a must read. I do enjoy quirky books.

  27. December 21, 2013 10:44 pm

    I finished reading this yesterday and LOVED IT. It will be on my favorite of 2013 list.

  28. December 21, 2013 11:40 pm

    The characters were definitely my favorite part of this book. I also liked the plot, but I felt like it followed very naturally from the characters’ personalities. I almost felt like the author had just created these characters and then watched to see what they’d do, because they felt very real and their actions fit so well with who they each were.

  29. December 22, 2013 8:26 am

    I loved this one too! She can do no wrong in my eyes.

  30. December 22, 2013 11:19 am

    This sounds so good. I really need to crack open my copy soon!

  31. December 24, 2013 10:47 pm

    I liked it too. It was so different than anything else I’ve read recently.

  32. January 1, 2014 8:10 pm

    I have read several books by this author and liked Gods of Alabama best as well. SO it’s wonderful to know you thought she knocked this one out of the park. I’m excited to get to it.

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