17349119Reviewed by Alysia George

When a traumatic event practically thrusts young mother and college student Shandi into the well-built arms of William Ashe, both of their lives are quite suddenly turned upside down. Bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson’s novel, Someone Else’s Love Story, is the tale of what happens next, when two confused people, fighting their own demons, each believe they are somehow indebted to the other.

The unusual events that lead to Shandi’s position of teen mother, combined with William’s enigmatic and tragic past, lead to a disjointed love story. Shandi and William are just two of the players, but who are the others? There’s Shandi’s long time loyal best friend, Walcott; her string of insignificant boyfriends; the ghost of William’s wife, Bridget; as well as his fiercely protective friend, Paula. But how they match up in the end might not be the expected outcome.

While Shandi works to repay her debt by serving as William’s personal nurse and housekeeper, he in turn takes the position of her protector while helping her solve a personal mystery. In the meantime the other players in the story find themselves temporarily misplaced. They wonder if Shandi and William will ever the see the real truths that are staring each of them in the face, or if they will let circumstance rule their fates.

Someone Else’s Love Story is full of twists and turns and unlikely conclusions. Little by little, the story reveals that everything is not what it seems. A happy ending is possible, but not inevitable. The book’s character development is rich, and made more interesting by the inclusion of characters on the autism spectrum. For more insight into Shandi’s past, and the story of her son, Natty, Jackson has published a prequel, a short story by the name of My Own Miraculous.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Alysia lives in Metro Detroit with her husband and four children. She writes about family life, parenting issues, and other things of interest to her on her blog, Michigal.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.