You forget sometimes how risky it is to fall in love. In the moment that you decide to open your heart to another, you are consenting to one day part with that person. Because all of life’s truly important things–breathing in the first crisp air of fall, snuggling on the couch with your best friend, sunsets on the beach and chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream–have an expiration date. Still, smart human beings who are well aware of how life works, courageously fall in love every day. And if they’re in a Joshilyn Jackson novel, they do it at gunpoint in a convenience store.
“I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K.”
And like falling in love–whammo!–that first sentence from Someone Else’s Love Story plunges you into the middle of a stickup with Shandi, her three-year-old son, Natty, and the aforementioned William, a sad stranger who looks like Thor.
I’m completely biased when it comes to the author of the November She Reads Book Club selection. I’ve read and loved all of Joshilyn Jackson’s novels–gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and her latest revelation, Someone Else’s Love Story. And because Joshilyn’s also a friend, people might not want to believe me when I tell them this is her best work yet. But if you knew how annoying it is to have to roll your eyes, grit your teeth and admit every year or so that you were wrong about the last novel being your favorite, you’d trust me.
If you like romance, there’s romance (the title keeps its promise). If you like action, there’s action. And if you love mystery and a surprise twist, then you’ll be mightily pleased.
For the first time ever, Joshilyn has written a prequel to one of her novels. It’s an e-original short story or novella called My Own Miraculous, which provides more insight into the lives of Shandi, Natty and their indispensable friend, Walcott. Rumor has it Joshilyn is entering even more new territory by writing a sequel to Someone Else’s Love Story. Ask her yourself. No, really. You have two opportunities to chat directly with Joshilyn today.
First, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern, Joshilyn will be chatting on the Booktrib Live Chat. Then, tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, she’ll be live-tweeting with the She Reads Book Club. Use hashtag #srbkchat to participate.