At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her son.
Shandi doesn’t know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. When he looked down the barrel of that gun he believed it was destiny: It’s been one year to the day since a tragic act of physics shattered his universe. But William doesn’t define destiny the way other people do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in science and numbers, destiny to him is about choice.
Now, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, in a funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness,; about a virgin birth, a sacrifice, and a resurrection; about falling in love, and learning that things aren’t always what they seem—or what we hope they will be. It’s a novel about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need.
This is definitely an unusual love story-not because the love is unusual or the people, but because of how they all figure out where they each belong. I can’t imagine what Shandi, a single mom, experienced being held at gunpoint. However, I imagine with any life/death situation, one quickly prioritizes what is most important, who is most important, and figures out how to answer some of the difficult questions she has.
While Shandi has her own life to figure out, William has a heart break to work through. I cannot imagine the loss of a child, in the way he experienced it. It truly moves him into a deep pit of despair and the only one brave enough to climb down to him is his best friend, Paula…until Shandi comes along with a mission.
This story is somber, a little depressing at times, simply because that is who the characters are. The way Joshilyn writes will make readers go deep inside each character and have you sit in some of the crummy parts…because it is in those dark places that beauty is found.
I enjoyed the book, which has some surprise twists at the end. P.S. Shandi is not the Virgin Mary. She is simply a young girl trying to make the events fit in her brain in a way that won’t cause her to have an emotional breakdown.
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