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.