Some books are enjoyable because you love the twists and turns of the plot; some books have characters who are so real that they leap from the page; some books are written in such beautifully constructed prose that the words simply flow off of the page. Someone Else’s Love Story is all three of these. In it, Joshilyn Jackson has composed a story that is so heartwarming and real that when reading it, I couldn’t help but feel that I was hearing a story from a dear friend and reliving precious moments with her.
Shandi, a young, optimistic single mother treasures her precious young son, Natty, insisting that he was a gift and the product of a virgin birth. Preparing to leave the comforts of her mother’s home for Atlanta where her father will be able to provide the young prodigy Natty with competitive preschools, Shandi has failed to fully come to terms with her past. Driving with all of her worldly possessions, her life-long best friend Walcott, and her precocious son, Shandi begins the adventure, but after a few hours of driving, Natty gets sick, forcing a quick stop at an out-of-the-way gas station. What started as a quick stop for some ginger ale becomes a hold up in a gas station. In Shandi’s fright, she is comforted by a strong, quiet man who quickly moves to protect Natty and soon believes she has fallen in love with him before she even knows him. She also is forced to examine the truth of Natty’s birth and admit to herself that he was born of a rape years ago and enlists the mysterious stranger’s help to resolve the secrets she has kept for so long.
In a beautiful story full of realistic dialogue, heartfelt reflection, and all of the tenderness that makes characters so human, Someone Else’s Love Story is an absolutely beautiful story. There are a number of unexpected twists and turns and the characters take their rightful places in your heart. This is undoubtedly my favorite book of 2014 thus far, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.