She Reads November Book Club Selection: Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn JacksonYou 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 Miraculouswhich 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.

Live Chat with Joshilyn Jackson

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.


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4 Responses to She Reads November Book Club Selection: Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

  1. postingfornow November 24, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    I enjoyed reading your review. I enjoyed this book as well.

    • Alison Law November 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

      Hi, Pat. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. DoingDewey December 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    I loved this book too! From that amazing first sentence to the surprising but awesome ending, the writing was beautiful :)

    • Alison Law December 3, 2013 at 8:17 am #

      Wasn’t it an amazing read? I’m glad you joined us for the Twitter chat with Joshilyn, too. Lots of fun around SELS.

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