Review: Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

someone else's love storyJoshilyn Jackson’s Someone Else’s Love Story tells the story of a man and woman who are unaware of the deep troubles they are in.

Shandi Pierce is a twenty-one year old girl juggling college and home. She has a three-year old son Natty who is a delightful little genius. Shandi believes that her brilliant boy is the product of an immaculate conception. She hadn’t lost her virginity even after he was born via C-section. Shandi was born to a Catholic mother and a Jewish father. Though long divorced, her parents are still warring.

Shandi already had enough problems of her own when she landed in yet another one. An armed robber held her son hostage at a gas station. It was William Ashe who willingly stepped between the robber and her son and saved them. Needless to this, she falls in love with this great wall of a man.

That incident causes William to realize a few things as well. He is a brilliant scientist who is a touch autistic. William has been trying hard to forget his now-destroyed family life. As this robbery attempt happens on a painful anniversary, it brings back a lot of unpleasant memories.

Shandi and William. They are both people struggling to avoid reality.

Of course, the reader may at first find Shandi’s claim that her son is the product of asexual reproduction a bit ridiculous. But as the author reveals the truth about her, we will find ourselves warming up to her. The heartbroken William might come across as a weird guy, but he is humane, too. Other characters in the novel, too, are equally interesting.

Someone Else’s Love Story will both delight and surprise you. It will also restore your faith in such virtues as humanity, compassion and empathy. Easily one of the best novels by Joshilyn Jackson.

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