Sep 092014


Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062105655
ISBN-13: 978-0062105653

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.


This is a hard review for me to write since even though I mostly liked the book, there were a few parts I didn’t like.

The characters were well developed and each had their own personalities, but on the whole they seemed like an odd mix. There was a lot of humor throughout and that took a bit of the edge off of the heavy parts of the book, and I loved that.

It felt at times that there was to much going on, and it also seemed like the book was drawn out a bit too much. I would have probably liked it more if it had been shorter.

I liked the ending and thought it fit the book.

Although I didn’t love this book as much as I though I would, I’m still glad I read it because the author does have a great writing style that made me want to keep reading.

I have a few other Jackson books that I haven’t read yet, and I liked this enough to want to read them.

I  would recommend this book to other book lovers, and I would give it a 4 star since there was more I liked than didn’t like.

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  14 Responses to “Review: Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson”

  1. I’m a big fan of Jackson’s and liked this more than you did.

  2. Great review! I’m curious about this author but have never read her. I like that she uses humor to take the edge off the heavy stuff and that the ending was ultimately satisfying. While I definitely don’t like books that have to much going on or are just to long the pros are definitely more important. I’ll definitely keep this author on the to read list though I may look for another one to try. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Katherine! I’m definitely going to read more from her too. I loved her writing style, there were just a few things that threw me off a little.

  3. Joshilyn is one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed this one and look forward to her next book.

  4. I have this in my stack and I just haven’t wanted to pick it up. Love the honest review.

    • I have most of her other books in my tbr stack but haven’t read them yet. I was asked to do a review for this book so figured that would be a great reason to finally read something by her.

  5. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this book. I had a difficult time writing my review as well. Overall I loved the novel, but not really some of the details in the story.

  6. I read one book of Jackson’s that I liked. I will give this one a try.

  7. I’m glad that you found a lot to love in this one. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  8. That is the second time I have seen Whiny Whiny Rhino. Might have to find for the little girl.

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