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Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel

Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel

Написано Joshilyn Jackson

Озвучено Joshilyn Jackson


Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel

Написано Joshilyn Jackson

Озвучено Joshilyn Jackson

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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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Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including gods in Alabama and The Almost Sisters. Her books have been translated into 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.


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  • (5/5)
    Jackson is one of my favorite authors because her writing style is beautiful, and her stories are always twisted Southern gothic tales that suck you in from the beginning. Her latest is no different: Shandi is being held at gunpoint when she falls in love with a handsome stranger who helps protect her son. As the story goes on, there are many revelations about Shandi and William's backstory that will keep surprising you.
  • (5/5)
    Single mother Shandi is deeply, lovingly devoted to her brilliant three year old son, so when the handsome William steps between her son and an armed robber, she immediately loves him too. Unfortunately for Shandi, William is still barely recovering from a devastating tragedy in his life and he has some secrets of his own. Their interaction will help both of them find out what they want and what they need as their lives shift around them.

    This the third book I’ve read for the SheReads book club and the third one of those books I’ve given five stars, so if you’re looking for some good women’s fiction, I would consider these ladies an expert source of recommendations. Like many books I’ve fallen completely in love with, I have very few notes on why I liked it, because I was so deeply absorbed in reading. However, one thing clearly stands out to me as the most amazing part of this book: the characters. The characters were so believable, so unique, so real. Every character had their own history and their own quirks. The author somehow managed to write dialogue and narration that sounded completely natural but which were also examples of extremely beautiful writing.

    The plot for me was almost indistinguishable from the characters because it followed directly from how these characters would act. At times I felt as though the author had simply created these characters and set them going, with the plot coming organically from the actions each character would naturally take. William was one of my favorite male characters ever. People with a truly scientific mindset are so infrequently featured as the heros of a book and that paired with his empathy for others made me fall just as in love with him as Shandi. The ending was a complete surprise but not in an unbelievable way and I loved it too. This whole book was a beautiful, hopeful, emotional ride and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

    This review first published on Doing Dewey.
  • (3/5)
    I received this book from SheReads in exchange for a fair and honest review.Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson was exactly that: Shandi is placed into someone else’s love story. After surviving a robbery at a gas station, 21-year-old mother Shandi falls in love with William. But William’s story is a little bit more complicated, as he lost his child and wife due to a tragic accident.Someone Else’s Love Story is not even close to being the kind of book I would normally pick up. But for a book that centers on a “love” story, it worked for me. While the book did of course have a sappy, happy ending, it also had some bumps in the road and some heartbreak.To see the entire review, visit Love at First Book
  • (4/5)
    A young single mother spots an attractive guy in a convenience store and immediately decides they are absolutely meant to be. So of course they're going to fall in love, right? Not quite. A robbery ensues, injuries occur, and a series of events is set off that leads to struggles in love, questions of paternity, and ultimately growth. It's all so dramatic and really, really fun. I listened to the audiobook, which is read by the author herself (something I tend to dislike for fiction..) and the narration is perfect for the story.
  • (5/5)
    Shandi Pierce and William Ashe meet during an armed robbery at a convenience store. She's a single mom who has convinced herself she's had a virgin birth, he's a scientific savant with a recent past filled with tragedy. She thinks that destiny brought them together, but there's much more to William Ashe's story than meets the eye. This book is hilarious in a totally effortless way, is full of lovable characters, and definitely was not the story I was expecting.
  • (5/5)
    Listened to the audio version. First time reading this author. This was amazing story! Loved the characters and the storyline. A few unexpected but pleasant surprise twists. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoy Joshiyn Jackson's novels. She writes with a lot of emotion and has a way of making you feel as though you are experiencing what is happening. This novel has so much depth and I found I was interested in her wonderful characters. Single mom, Shandi, her genius 3-year-old son, Natty, and William, the story's hero, are the main, well-developed characters. I didn't know much about the interesting plot and I think that's one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much. It is never predictable!!There are light, funny, moments and some very intense, dark times which make the novel so readable. The author knows how to skillfully construct her novels and make them into page-turners.
  • (5/5)
    Definitely one of my favorite books by this author. I really wondered how it was going to end. I quite enjoy this authors books. She is also a great narrator although I don't quite like how she does children voices, but I'm not sure how she could do them any differently. All in all, another good book that left me satisfied.
  • (3/5)
    Shandi Pierce is the young mother (very young - she's 21) of 3 year old Natty. How he came to be is unexplained for a good portion of the book other than Shandi was still technically a virgin when she gave birth to him. Her best friend, Walcott has been with her since they were both children and he has helped her through all of her struggles; including her parents divorce and continuing war over "possession" of Shandi and Natty. Shandi is going to college so to lessen her commute she is packing up and moving to a condo her father owns much to her mother's sorrow (rage?) On the way Natty gets car sick so they stop to get some ginger ale and Shandi and Natty get caught in a robbery by a drugged out maniac. There she meets and claims to fall in love with William who is still mourning at the one year anniversary of a very tragic car accident involving his wife and daughter. William puts himself between the gunman and Natty and that's all it took...This is a most unusual book. It's told in alternating points of view - Shandi's and Williams with a lot of interjection from Walcott and William's best friend Paula. I can't say I loved or even liked this book much but something kept me reading. I must say that there is one big, whopping shocker of a twist that I never saw coming that turned the book totally cattywampus (my jaw literally dropped) and some things sort of made sense and others still, not so much. None of the characters were particularly likable but they were all very well drawn (excepting Paula. She was a bit one note.) The plot was carefully constructed and full of very intriguing twists and turns and yet the book was ... boring somehow. I wish I could explain it better. It could have been so much more.
  • (5/5)
    This book has everything... I loved it. But wanted more. I needed to find out what happens next! Sad to see it end.
  • (2/5)
    Took me a long time to finish this book. Something rang hollow to it. Can't put my finger on it. Have been a slew of "Aspy" personalities lately and I am not certain I accepted this guy as one of them. His personality was so flat! As for the main character Shandie (what kind of name is that? My Nana gave us shandies as kids.... a mixture of wine and gingerale) just too ...... dense. And the kid Natty...the best character of the entire book.Premise, girl is drugged and raped and considers it an immaculate conception until she is involved in a robbery and then decided she has to know who the is the father of her genus kid. Another Aspy!Just did not enjoy any of it.
  • (4/5)
    Fabulous writing - I devoured every word on every page. This is the story of a guy and a girl who meet by chance at a convenience store when it is being robbed. Destiny or fate has brought them together - will it turn out to be their love story? You will have to read to find out. Pick this one up!
  • (5/5)
    The most complex, brilliantly written and inspiring love story!

    I recently discovered this author through some other fellow authors - and wow, so glad I did---as Joshilyn is highly talented and creative and love the way she thinks outside the box and not afraid to tackle any issue.

    Would highly recommend the audio version, as Jackson is the narrator; however, I found when listening via ipod, it is not a mindless book- you need to pay attention as you do not want to miss any part of this story. (I found myself stopping as if someone interrupted me I would have to rewind to the beginning of the track; It is this GOOD- you do not want to miss a word or phrase!

    I would not change a thing about this book - it was carefully developed, full of suspense, southern humor, rich characters, and quite engaging, covering so many diverse topics and feelings.

    Hats off to the author for pulling you in from beginning to the end and giving you enough to keep you hanging throughout. Superb!

    A thought provoking read; one which would be ideal for book clubs or discussion groups, as I would encourage readers to review all the reviews on Goodreads and other sites (not the spoilers). A beautiful and inspiring love story which makes you think about this book long after you complete. A Winner!
  • (2/5)
    I've read Joshilyn Jackson before, one book I liked, one I didn't much. This one started out promising, but took a dive for me with the whole rape plot line. To wrap up the story with a happy-ish ending, the father of the super smart little boy who was a result of a date-rape can't really be a bad guy, right? It took me out of the story... as I read I could imagine the author figuring this out. None of it made much sense and I got crabby with all the characters. I did speed read to the end and there was a nice little twist there, but over all I couldn't recommend.
  • (4/5)
    Loved this story. Great character development along with an intriguing plot! First Joshilyn Jackson novel I've read, hoping to read more of her now.
  • (5/5)
    Joshilyn Jackson just keeps getting better. This latest novel certainly exceeds the "southern fiction" genre label of her previous offerings "Gods in Alabama" and "BackSeat Saints". It's much more than just a chick-lit romance; it has a hint of mystery, and an assortment of men and women and relationships. As the title indicates, it's truly a story of relationships. The resolution of who is in love with whom and who will end up together is handled so beautifully that the reader doesn't even realize that these permutations of relationships exist until well into the story. As I read, I actually found I couldn't decide who should win the fair maiden's hand.It's told as almost a series of small individual stories. The main character Shandi tells us her (almost) unbelievable story from the beginning in the first person. The story opens: "I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint in a Circle K." Then other characters' stories begin to emerge in the words of a neutral narrator. In addition to a love story, or several love stories, it is a story of friendship, of parenthood, and a tale of betrayal and forgiveness. There are plot lines about date rape, genetic research, and the power of suggestion. This one is not going to be available until later this fall, but it would be a wonderful holiday gift for readers of southern stories, romance and good literary fiction. Put it on your list. It's going to be a winner.
  • (5/5)
    I honestly was not expecting to enjoy Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson, so I put off reading it and that was a mistake. Someone Else's Love Story is a brilliant work of literature and I loved every moment I was reading it. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
  • (5/5)
    In Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson Shandi Pierce and her three year old son, Natty, are moving to Atlanta where they will live in her dad's condo while Shandi finishes college. Her best friend, Walcott, is helping her move. At a Circle K convenience store right outside the metro area, Shandi and Natty get stuck in the middle of an armed robbery and become hostages. Shandi immediately falls in love with another hostage, a huge blond Thor-like geneticist named William Ashe, when he puts himself between Natty and the robber. William and Shandi end up needing assistance from each other, but it is clear that friends of the two disapprove. Walcott tries to convey his disappointment in Shandi's choices and Shandi is locking horns with William's best friend, Paula.

    Someone Else's Love Story is narrated by Shandi and William. While Shandi can be very emotional, it is clear, even before it is confirmed, that William is on the spectrum (Asperger's) and remains emotionally detached. Seemingly these two would be a good match, but something is not quite right. William has issues in his past that are unresolved and unknown to Shandi, but the same can be said of her.

    Joshilyn Jackson is one of the best southern writers around today, in my opinion, and continues to impress me more and more with each book she writes. (I think I need to start praying for her health so she'll be writing books for a long time.) All of her characters feel like real people. Each of them has a head full of secret thoughts that keeps them apart even while their hearts want to connect to someone or something. In this case a near tragedy draws Shandi to William, but at the same time Shandi needs William to do something only he can do for her.

    In Someone Else's Love Story she has created a real sense of time and place and then populated her world with characters that are easy to empathize with. I wanted everything to work out, somehow, for everyone in this book. This isn't a conventional love story, though, even if it seems it might be. Jackson has a few twists and turns for the reader. She sends us through those twists and turns with a good dose of humor and heart, faith and redemption, and family. This is a book that you will stay up too late reading and not regret it for a moment.

    Even though I had an advanced reading copy, I simply must share two quotes. (Let's be clear, if I can't stop myself from quoting an ARC, you know the writing is incredible - and it is that good.)

    "Anniversaries can open up old wounds, he'd said.... William is not a fan of metaphors; they are so often inaccurate. William, the priest should have said, anniversaries are just like being vivisected."(pg 64)

    "It was an ugly thing to witness. Betrayal is always ugly, even on a shaded patio full of little birds." (pg. 205)

    Very Highly Recommended

    Disclosure: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from HarperCollins for review purposes.
  • (4/5)
    I'm giving this book a 4 star because it was well written, the characters were well done, but too much driving around in cars and not developing the main story line. Then the author threw in a twist at the end,actually two twists, and then ended the book in a couple short chapters.
  • (3/5)
    Joshilyn Jackson's books are snart, funny and have a great deal of heart . The characters in this book are riveting. Shandi is a young single Mom raising a 3 year old genius son. This story is about 2 broken peop;e who learn to move beyond the pain that has shaped their lives.
  • (4/5)
    Twenty-one-year-old Shandi Pierce, who is juggling college and raising her three-year-old genius son, falls head over heels in love with a brilliant geneticist who, in the middle of a stick-up at a gas station mini-mart, willingly steps between the armed robber and her son. A 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. Summary BPLA character in THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY remarks (I'm going from memory) on book jackets that "[they] are the red-headed stepchildren of publishing. We blame everything on them." In the case of SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY, the book jacket leads the reader (me) to expect chick lit, a beach read. I read it anyway because Librarything's "will you like it" predictor told me, with high confidence, that I would. Still, each time I picked the up the book to continue with the story, the ocean blue cover seemed to spill onto the text, hiding Joshilynn Jackson's talent and depth.I guess I am saying that if the book cover looked something like this: a black and white photo with a grainy texture, of a gas station convenience store in the middle of a robbery, I would have anticipated an intense read about a life-changing event. Which is what SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY is. Joshilynn Jackson's "voice" has been compared to Flannery O'Connor's. I get it, but the comparison can be misleading. Ms Jackson's is a 21st century upper middle-class American South expression, decidedly non-gothic and less satirical than Ms O'Connor's but with a nostalgic feel (not a lot of plot development via cell phones or IM). The author has a gift for rendering human foibles with humour and accuracy. Rich storytelling! (I'm not too sure about Ms Jackson throwing in the nun trope....but I can say no more. Spoilers!)8 out of 10 Recommended to readers of literary fiction and (mostly) realistic characterization.
  • (3/5)
    A young woman believes she has fallen in love with the autistic man who has a tragic past when they meet as they are both involved in a robbery at gunpoint. The event forces both of them to admit the lies they have been telling themselves about their pasts.
  • (5/5)
    This book really made an impression; I kept thinking about it after I had finished it. A simple plot summary (a young single mom falls in love with the man who rescues a group of peole during a store holdup but he's got his own issues to deal with ) doesn't do it justice. It isn't a problem novel and not a goopy love story. It's a book for anyone who's felt like a side character in someone else's story. It's an examination of different kinds of love and complicated relationships. It's an interesting (but not preachy or pitying) look inside the mind of a man with Asperger's (and it doesn't hurt that he's very sexy). It's about life and the things that happen and how we cope. The book surprised me with a twist and made think, but left me feeling uplifted.
  • (4/5)
    Confession: I am a sucker for this writer; like Fanny Flagg and Tawni O'Dell, she turns a soft eye to Southern mommas and their troublesome daughters. Yes, it's chick lit but yes, it's usually got a bunch of good in it.In this novel, a convenience store robbery has major consequences for many people beyond those unlucky enough to be on the premises. Most prominent are two groups of friends: Shandi, her son Natty, and her platonic friend Walcott (apparently there's an earlier Shandi prequel that I missed) and William and his platonic friend Paula. Friends, friends, everyone's friends until - okay, no spoiler alert.William is actually the most interesting character. He's rugged, tall, handsome, ex-football player, scientific genius, and on the autism spectrum - not a combination I've ever encountered anywhere in fiction or non.There's also a very sharp surprise towards the end that's most effective.
  • (3/5)
    Entirely likable story. I was interested enough to keep reading. Most of it was quite predictable, but nonetheless readable.
  • (5/5)
    Someone Else's Love Story is a quirky but touching story about a man and a woman who are thrown together as hostages in a convenience store robbery. Shandi is a young single mother of a precocious three year old. William is a young man mourning the loss of his wife and child in a car accident a year ago. Shandi is immediately smitten with William, and you wonder if they will end up together, but it is Someone Else's Love Story.This book touches on a lot of issues: religion, date rape, autism, giftedness, grief, denial and so much more. The characters are wonderfully flawed, wonderfully blessed, and very quirky. It's a very rich story, but told in a modern casual "voice" that belies the depth of sentiment. Could not put it down.Disclosure: I received a pre-release version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    A sweet story about two broken people who meet through a convenience store robbery and end up fixing each other in an unexpected way. This was my first Joshilyn Jackson book and after reading this I will be on the lookout for some of her other titles. This was the kind of quick, feel good read that you can mindlessly enjoy while being removed from life for awhile.
  • (4/5)
    Ever since reading "Between, Georgia", one of my favorite books of the last decade, I have not passed up a Joshilyn Jackson book when I've come across one. I have yet to be disappointed, although none so far have moved me quite to the degree of that particular book. Her books are smart and funny, with a great deal of heart, a deft feel for dialogue, and a Southern flavor that arises honestly from her roots.Shandi Pierce is a young single mom, in denial about the act of violation that resulted in her virgin pregnancy, raising a three-year-old genius son and caught in an ongoing war between her Christian mother and Jewish father. When she decides to change her life by moving in with her father and his harridan wife and going to school and enrolling Natty in a fine school, they are caught enroute in a gas station robbery that changes her world when a fellow hostage, a troubled Norse god (figuratively) named William Ashe steps between Natty and a gun. William has been struck by the first anniversary of the loss of his wife and 2-year-old daughter. When Shandi learns that he is a brilliant geneticist, she asks him to help her discover the identity of her unknown attacker who is Natty's father. This leads to a conclusion in which two broken people learn to move beyond the pain that has shaped their world. This is a fine and moving story that almost measures up to "Between, Georgia", which is high praise indeed.
  • (5/5)
    The strength of Joshilyn Jackson's latest novel, Someone Else's Love Story lies in the terrific characters she creates. Right away, from the first sentence, "I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K.", you know you are in for a fantastic ride.Shandi is a single mom of a extraordinarily intelligent four-year-old boy Natty. They are headed to Atlanta with her best friend Walcott, when they stop at the Circle K to get Natty a ginger ale to settle his upset stomach.Shandi notices the ruggedly handsome William Ashe in the store and when the store is held up by a young gunman and William moves to protect Natty, she is completely smitten. A hostage situation occurs and William does his best to try and keep everyone safe.When the standoff ends in an injury to William, Shandi makes it her mission to care for him. She also discovers that he is a research geneticist, and she hopes to get William to help her discover the father of her son, whom she does not know.As Shandi and William and Natty grow closer, William's best friend Paula becomes angry. She is openly hostile to Shandi, and tells her that William will never love her. He loves his wife Bridget, whom he lost in a car accident, along with their two-year-old daughter, two years ago.Walcott also discourages Shandi from beginning a relationship with William. Shandi doesn't understand why Walcott, her best friend since childhood, has become so distant since the robbery. He has always been there for her, through her high school pregnancy, and he loves Natty, but recently he has been AWOL.William is very intelligent, but socially he is very awkward. As his story unfolds, we find that he is probably somewhere on the autism spectrum, perhaps closer to Aspergers Syndrome. He struggled socially as a child, and only connected with people when he was a high school football star. Paula and Bridget were the only two people who understood him.Jackson has said that this is William's story, and in a story filled with so many interesting characters, he stands out. His wooing of Bridget, with help from Paula, is so moving and sweet. The someone else in this love story is Bridget and William.I loved Shandi's fearlessness, her willingness to put herself out there and work to find love. She is a wonderful mom too, and her love for Natty is stronger than iron. She would do anything for her son, who is so different from other kids his age. Part of her attraction to William is that she thinks Natty might be like him- a brilliant mind, but maybe socially different.There is big twist at the end, one that totally took me by surprise. It changes everything in the story and kudos to Jackson for not tipping her hand.I loved this book, and felt like these characters were real people, people I would love to know. I adored the friendships, the romance, the family, the whole package. Jackson took me on a ride that I won't soon forget.
  • (4/5)
    Someone Else's Love Story is a tale of faith, love and tragedy. A tragedy can bring forth upon one's mind a mechanism to mask which truly happened during said tragedy.Two strangers met while being held hostage in a Circle K store and one falls in love with the other because he was brave enough to save her son. Shandi's son Natty is her entire life and truly believes that is was a virginal birth...or does she.Her knight in shining armour is Dr. William Ashe, a brillant research scientist who looks like a football linebacker. William is also extremely handsome but never considered his body or his looks to be the essence of his life. He may be border line Autisic and his social skills did not match the persona which he puts out to the world. He does safe the day by throwing a paperweight into the head of the robber knocking him into a coma. Unfortunately William is accidentally shot by the robber's gun.Shandi, the single mother, deems it her duty to care for William when he is sent home from the hospital. The story of the hold-up was broadcasted and Shandi discovered that it was a year ago that day in which William lost his wife and child in a car accident. She finds herself slowly falling more in love with him.This is the fourth novel which I have read of Joshelyn Jackson and is my favorite; it is an endearing story.