Someone Else's Love Story

By Joshilyn Jackson
(William Morrow & Company, Hardcover, 9780062105653, 300pp.)

Publication Date: November 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the December 2013 Indie Next List
“Jackson is a phenomenal novelist, whose feisty, unforgettable characters wrestle their way through complicated lives with grit and good humor, while she takes readers on a wild, nail-biting, and thoroughly enjoyable ride. With rich dialogue, vivid scene-setting, edge-of-your-seat plotting, and one-of-a-kind characters, Jackson's novels entertain thoroughly and stay on your mind long after you have turned the last page. In Someone Else's Love Story, a chance encounter during a convenience store robbery shakes up a number of lives. Assumptions about relationships -- with family, friends, lovers, and perceived enemies -- are shattered, and something new and surprising emerges. I loved this book!”
-- Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI


Description

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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