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
"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)
Those who love Joshilyn Jackson will find this disappointing. maybe those who haven't read her other terrific books might like it.
Her other books all had downhome Georgia characters and her narration for those characters just sparkled. In this one, the characters are just so-so and she drastically changed her reading style somehow. Maybe this was an experiment or maybe she just didn't have an idea to equal her other, more amazing books.
Joshilyn Jackson usually adds a whole other great dimension to her books by her own readings. This one just didn't sound natural. Like she was enunciating too clearly or something. I don't know who else might have done it better.
I don't know if the author was experimenting with another style or what but hope she goes back to her old style for the next one. I have loved all her books prior to this one and really looked forward to each new offering. Next time I will probably research the reviews more before I purchase.
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!
Don't give up on this story! It starts slowly and then sucks you in. SELS is full of biblical metaphors and parallels seamlessly sewn into the fabric of this well told, cleverly, imaginative book. But this is not a religious tale. It is a love story with God in the mix. J. Jackson also narrated. Who better to tell the story as it was intended than the author? Before I even finished, I decided I wanted to go back and replay the whole thing to catch hints, clues and nuances I missed the first time around.
I have listened to almost all of Joshilyn Jackson's books and absolutely love them. Growing up in Alabama I was drawn to her titles and was immediately hooked with the first paragraph. The stories are rich with sentiment, humor and reality. I love listening to the author read her own work. I will listen to anything she ever writes.
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.
I have a book addiction and an 2 hour commute, thank god for the sanity of audible
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
it depends, i will have to wait and see
My only reaction was waiting for something good/bad to happen, and then dissapointment when nothing did
The author narrated the story and is not the most easy voice to listen to.
Hire another narrator.
Just not very interesting
I did not finish listening. I got very bored.
This book would appeal to young 20 something readers, but as a 50 something, it just was not my interest.
I've loved several of her books, so I probably would try another book-- but not based on this book.
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.
Shandie and Wiliiam
Kept my interest and made me fall in love with her characters.
Having the author give voice to her characters let me hear them as she intended them to sound.
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