Sip & Flip Book Club: Someone Else’s Love Story

November 26, 2013 | By | Comments (11)

Some Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Welcome to the second installment of our Sip & Flip Book Club. This month we’re spotlighting, Someone Else’s Love Story (November 19; Random House) the new novel from Georgia author Joshilyn Jackson (Gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty). Jackson’s latest work follows the set-in-the-South love story of Shandi Pierce–a spread-too-thin single mother–and Willam Ashe a geneticist driven by numbers and facts. When their lives collide during a gas station hold-up a romance grounded in science and miracles, secrets and truths emerges, with both learning that things are not always as they seem.

To help your book club dive in to this riveting read (but still leave plenty of time for mingling–after all is that your favorite part of getting together?) we’ve come up with this straight forward 5 Question Reading Guide. Enjoy!

1. From the first sentence, Someone Else’s Love Story takes off at the speed of a bullet: “I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K.” (Talk about a “meet-cute”!) This single event causes a ripple effect that intertwines the lives of Shandi Pierce and William. How does fate continue to affect the lives of these two different people?

2. William, a brilliant geneticists, lost his wife and child one year before he stood between a gunman and Shandi’s three year old son Mattie at the North Georgia convenience store. Shandi lost a piece of herself when she was drugged and assaulted by a stranger leading to Mattie’s birth. How do these two characters help one another come to terms with their personal tragedies?   

3. Shandi’s convinced that her conception with Mattie was a miracle. William, who has an autistic nature, believes in physics and numbers. How do they find a common ground between science and destiny?

4. Forgiveness and redemption are common threads woven through SELS. Shandi’s mother Mimmy has a chip on her shoulder from her remarried ex-husband living in Atlanta. William continues to blame himself for losing his wife and child. Shandi seeks vengence on her past assaulter. How are the characters in the novel stuck in the past? Are they able to find closure?

5. There are many love stories throughout SELS, some more unexpected than others. What couple do you think is the main love story? William and Bridget? Shandi and Walcott? Even Shandi and Mattie? How do you think the title works with the different relationships in SELS?

Giveaway Alert! What sets your book club apart? Tell us all about your get-togethers in the comments field below for a chance to win copies for your entire group of Someone Else’s Love Story signed by Joshilyn Jackson herself. The contest begins today and ends Friday December 13. Official rules here


  1. Janice Corthay

    The Books and Broads Book Club is 9 years old. The members are in their 40s – 80s with varied backgrounds and literary interests. One of our members became a published author a year ago and now has 4 books in print. Every meeting is a learning experience. With such a diverse group, our monthly selections cover many genres. Our refreshments are either a recipe from the current book or something seasonal. A love of books has turned complete strangers into friends.

    December 10, 2013 at 9:58 am
  2. Lynn Manguno

    Our book club name is The Margareaders. Need I say more? We are based in the Brookhaven, Dunwoody area and would love to have the author attend our meeting which will be held March 13 of 2014 to discuss her book. We have had several authors attend our meetings in previous years and would be thrilled to Joshilyn join us. Please let me know if it is doable.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm
  3. Betsy White

    We don’t have an official book club where we sit around and discuss a book, because we all live far from each other. When we find a good book we pass it around. My “book club” consists of my sister-in-law, my daughter and her mother-in-law and her sister. My sister-in-law and I love Joshilyn Jackson. We have read every one of her books! I just finished “Someone else’s love story” and she is next in line. Then it will go to my daughter (in Melbourne, Florida), who will pass it on to her mother-in-law (in Key Largo, Florida and then to her sister in Minnesota). Kind of a cross country book club!

    December 8, 2013 at 6:49 am
  4. Bree Tinch

    In December we meet at a restaurant and exchange books and the person then picks the book they received for whatever month they are hosting next month. It is fun to see what books everyone picks. Sometimes we have author visits. It is a great bunch of women.

    December 7, 2013 at 7:20 am
  5. Cindy Gill

    Every month one of us will choose a character and act out a very small scene in the book. We have to guess who the character is.

    December 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm
  6. Monica garner

    Love my book club. We are ladies from the ages of 25-75. Because of age difference I am reading and loving books I would not have thought I would enjoy.

    December 5, 2013 at 10:38 am
  7. Barbara Bossarte

    Our group began as 4 sisters who came together because one of us has terminal cancer. Then we invited 4 other people; 2 current friends, one a life long friend and the other is my daughter. We meet once a month in the home I share with my sister who has cancer. 2 of our members drive from over an hour away to share in this. It is good for my sister to be able to talk intelligently about books, which has been a love of all of us. She spends the month planning the menu. If the book has certain foods, we try to go with that. If not, she plans things she knows will be liked by everyone. It varies each month and plays a big part in our gatherings. Most everyone else works and comes straight from work to a fabulous meal. Then after dinner, we discuss our book. It is a varied group and so are our opinions. We try to broaden our horizons and read from all genres and interests. We have learned many things. After reading Half the Sky, we felt compelled to start putting money in a jar each month and at Christmas buy something for a third world person to help them start a new life; last year it was a sewing machine and 2 pairs of chickens. It’s not a lot, but it will change someone’s life. I would never have known about this or have helped. I feel that we have all been stimulated intellectually. We have grown as friends, but more than that, I feel like I am in tune to what is going on in the world and in literature. Bookclub is now an important part of my month. I always look forward to it.

    December 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm
  8. Pat Workins

    I was so looking forward each month to this Southern Living Book Club. I really thought it would be something very special with special recipes and book club ideas. So far, I’ve been disappointed. Sorry! Where are the recipes and ideas for December?

    December 1, 2013 at 12:23 am
  9. Jenn H

    Our members set us apart. It’s the best group of ladies you would ever want to spend time with. We are all very different, but love spending time together.

    November 27, 2013 at 10:10 am
  10. Susan H.

    We don’t do anything special that sets us apart. We just are a group of women who enjoy reading and spending time together. We always bring good food too. Food, fun, fellowship!!

    November 27, 2013 at 8:28 am
  11. Valera Goff

    Will food suggestions be posted for the second Sip and Flip book?

    November 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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