Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
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.