Review: Someone Else’s Love Story

Someone Else’s Love Story: A Novel by Joshilyn Jackson
Harper Collins Publishers, 2013

Description (from, the author, Joshilyn Jackson‘s website)

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

It was on a Friday afternoon at the tail end of a Georgia summer so ungodly hot the air felt like it had all been boiled red. We were both staring down the barrel of an ancient, creaky .32 that could kill us just as dead as a really nice gun could.

I thought then that I had landed in my own worst dream, not a love story… And yet, seventeen seconds later, before I so much as knew his name, I’d fallen dizzy-down in love with him.

I’ve never had an angel on my right shoulder; I was born with a pointy-tailed devil who crept back and forth across my neck to get his whispers into both my ears. I didn’t get a fairy godmother or even a discount talking cricket-bug to be my conscience. But someone should have told me. That afternoon in the Circle K, I deserved to know, right off, that I had landed bang in the middle of a love story. Especially since it wasn’t— it isn’t— it could never be, my own.

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.

My Review – 5 Stars

Someone Else’s Love Story: A Novel by Joshilyn Jackson is terrific.  That is not to say, I agreed with everything presented in it.  I enjoyed it, even though the author treats some serious topics somewhat lightly.  Several different love stories intersect, the main character, Shandi Pierce’s life.  Ideas about God vs. science, sex vs. love and miracles vs. destiny are included in this story.  This is a thought provoking novel and at the same time heart warming.   Joshilyn Jackson writes so that it is easy to connect with her characters and beautifully blends together important topics.  I read Someone Else’s Love Story very quickly, over the course of two days.  It is indeed funny, charming and poignant.


Note: Someone Else’s Love Story: A Novel by Joshilyn Jackson is the November Book Club Selection for She Reads.  You can go to to find links to additional reviews on this book and enter their contest to receive a free copy of this book.  I would like to thank the She Reads Organization and the publisher, Harper Collins Publishers, for providing me with The Advance Reader’s Edition of this book, free of charge, for review.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Harper Collins Publishers, as a member of the She Reads Network.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. “I enjoyed it, even though the author treats some serious topics somewhat lightly.” Well said, Pat. Precisely my experience. I consider it a rather impressive feat when an author’s style and skill allows me to enjoy her work even when I don’t “agree” wholeheartedly with her treatment of every subject.


  2. Wow, sounds like a lot of topics covered in what I thought was just a typical love story. I want to read it because it will be an interesting read, whether I agree or not with how she handles those issues. Thanks for a good review!


  3. I have been wondering about this book. THANKS for the review.Also…thanks for stopping by and commenting on my review of BELLMAN & BLACK.Don’t forget to stop by for the giveaway on my blog if you like. Here is the link. You have to guess the author with clues right in the post.GIVEAWAYElizabeth


  4. Posted my link today at She Reads so I am visiting fellow members to view their posts. I agree with you about Jackson’s writing, if not good she could not pull off these topics. What acast of characters. I picked up the enovella today as I could not help myself.


  5. I think I may actually have enjoyed it in large part because she dealt with serious subject in a light way. I don’t want to read a book that’s going to make me sad, but I do appreciate a book that makes me stop and think about some serious issues.


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