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Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel | [Joshilyn Jackson]

Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel

Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times best-selling author 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times best-selling author 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.

Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Nathan, aka Natty Bumppo, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents. She's got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up and falling in love with William Ashe, who willingly steps between the 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 world. But William doesn't define destiny the way others do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in facts and numbers, destiny to him is about choice. Now, he 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.

©2013 Joshilyn Jackson (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Author Joshilyn Jackson's voice delivers the protagonists' heartbreaking pasts with delicate sensitivity…Jackson's innocent tone of wonder keeps the story from descending into unremitting melancholy. Her voice for Natty is delightful while Shandi's drawl is equally pleasant to hear. She captures William's Asperger's in an authentic way with a slightly stiff yet warm voice. Enlivening flashbacks as well as Jackson's careful pacing and voicings will keep listeners engaged." (AudioFile)

"An inspiring story of love, faith and redemption...All of the characters... are so vividly drawn, they fairly leap off the page." (Booklist)

"Witty, cleverly constructed and including a truly surprising twist, Someone Else’s Love Story turns out to be a nuanced exploration of faith, family and the things we do for love." (People)

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    Mary Chicago, IL, United States 11-26-13
    Mary Chicago, IL, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2010

    Audiobook listener because it leaves my hands free to fold clothes, clean and cook for my dear family of 6.

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    "Gloriously graceful, hilarious, heartbreaking"
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    Joshilyn Jackson outdoes herself with Someone Else's Love Story. I stumbled upon Ms. Jackson's novels last year and she quickly became one of my favorite authors with her intelligent, funny, beautifully created and very human characters. In her latest novel, she builds a story surrounding a young single mother with a brilliant child who develops an attachment to a man who helps her during a convenience store hold-up. Ms. Jackson is a writer who brilliantly brings to life the unique and fully-realized voices of her characters. As a reader, having no idea how this tale could end without heartbreak for the characters I had come to love, she unveils the story with such tenderness and humor that I was at one point hopelessly longing for the resolution she so masterfully provides.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 11-21-13
    Linda 11-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant!!!"

    Joshilyn Jackson has created a world where the characters are well rounded and complete. With reading My Own Miraculous, the prequel to Someone Else's Love Story, I had gotten to know the characters and I'm glad I did. I was pleased with how well the author performed all the many accents of Georgia. This is an amazing story of love, love lost, love found, and love restored. The novel is written with such a sense of realism that one can believe every character is walking around going on with their life right now. The story had twists and turns that left me wondering where it was going to go from there. I was glad I was listening instead of reading. It was such a wonderful performance. I had to keep reminding myself that all the characters were done by the same person it was that good!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    susan 08-13-14
    susan 08-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The Best I have read/listened to in awhile."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend Someone Else's Love Story. There is never a dull moment. The author reads the text and you feel as though you know Shandy personally. This is a great book if you need to check out of reality for a short time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Book Hoarder 03-27-14 Member Since 2012

    I have a book addiction and an 2 hour commute, thank god for the sanity of audible

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    "Kept waiting"
    Would you try another book from Joshilyn Jackson and/or Joshilyn Jackson?

    I have read several of her books previously that I loved but this one just rambled on and on, the writing was solid but I just did not bring myself care for the characters or the situation, and the ending I found so far fetched...

    Also, her previous recordings she has a sweet southern accent and for this one she has changed her voice, and tried using different voices for her characters and it just did not appeal to me


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joshilyn Jackson’s performances?

    it depends, i will have to wait and see


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    My only reaction was waiting for something good/bad to happen, and then dissapointment when nothing did


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki New orleans, LA, United States 03-22-14
    Vicki New orleans, LA, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Good for young adults"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author narrated the story and is not the most easy voice to listen to.


    What could Joshilyn Jackson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Hire another narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Just not very interesting


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did not finish listening. I got very bored.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would appeal to young 20 something readers, but as a 50 something, it just was not my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA, United States 01-30-14
    Katherine SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Truly awful characters, writing, and narrating!"
    Would you try another book from Joshilyn Jackson and/or Joshilyn Jackson?

    I've loved several of her books, so I probably would try another book-- but not based on this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joshilyn Jackson’s performances?

    I think she should let someone else narrate her next book. She was terrible. Additionally, her main characters in all of her books sound alike- not in a good way.


    What character would you cut from Someone Else's Love Story?

    Shandie and Wiliiam


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Likens 01-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "My New Favorite Author"
    Would you listen to Someone Else's Love Story again? Why?

    Kept my interest and made me fall in love with her characters.


    What does Joshilyn Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having the author give voice to her characters let me hear them as she intended them to sound.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 11-24-13
    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 11-24-13 Member Since 2003

    ShootingFish

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    "Poorly Written & Narrated, Pointless Story"

    A Grown Up Kind of Pretty and Between, GA were terrific. Loved them both, which is why I decided to listen to this book. This book was horrible. Jackson meanders all over the place with the characters trying to develop them. The back stories were stupid and the wording clumsy. There was no point in the story. We end up right where we started. It was if Jackson wanted to combine a bunch of prose into a book, so she threw it all in this one. Would highly recommend A Grown Up Kind of Pretty and Between, GA, but not this one. Skip it.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Austin, TX United States 11-21-13
    Julia Austin, TX United States 11-21-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Wonderful Deep Entertaining Story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Someone Else's Love Story the most enjoyable?

    I loved the story and the characters felt so complex and real. The unexpected twists and turns the story took as events unfolded had me on the edge of my seat! Now that the book is over, I think I'm going to have to listen again soon because I grew quickly to care for these characters and I'm going to miss them terribly!


    What other book might you compare Someone Else's Love Story to and why?

    It felt a little bit like Between, Georgia, another excellent book by the same author.


    What about Joshilyn Jackson’s performance did you like?

    She is an awesome narrator! Good voices, accents!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me laugh, smile, and have misty eyes. In a good way.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks, Joshilyn, for another masterpiece! You are truly a gifted writer and narrator! From a long time Kudzu reader BB.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 12-14-13
    Cecilia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 12-14-13
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    "The crappiest audible buy ever!"
    What would have made Someone Else's Love Story better?

    The narrator assumes the audience is as interested as she is in her navel-gazing and high-school girl mental ramblings


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Dont know. Am losing faith in Audible books.... this was a true waste of money


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joshilyn Jackson’s performances?

    Definitely not!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nothing. It was just so disappointing!


    Any additional comments?

    I think there should be some vetting so that Audible books reach a minimum standard before they are put on the market. Unlike the bookstore, we cant browse it properly nor can we return the book and ask for a refundAlternatively give members a chance to get a refund if after the first 5 minutes the purchase turns out to be absolute disaster....

    I see the review does not allow a ZERO star. I think the one star is ovegenerous

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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