Sunday, April 24, 2016

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

I enjoy Joshilyn Jackson's writing style, finding it smart funny, and always enjoyable.  This quirky, unconventional, yet inspiring story about love, faith, and redemption is another compelling read.  I found myself rooting for single mom Shandi Pierce, who is trying to juggle college, raising a son on her own, and trying to keep the peace between long divorced parents who are always at war with one another.  When she is caught in the middle of a holdup in a gas station and falls for a man named William who steps between the armed robber and her son, shielding him from harm, things start to get interesting and heat up quickly.  Yet Shandi discovers that William has some baggage of his own involving a tragic accident that shattered his universe.   How this plays out is astutely handled by Jackson.  I especially loved the justaposition of opposing viewpoints by Shandi who believes in destiny and William who believes destiny is about choice.  The story also has two sets of man/woman best friends, which is an interesting topic in and of itself.  The unexpected truths are uncovered slowly and perfectly as what we think we know about these characters gets turned inside out.  And isn't that just like life itself?  

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