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Two strangers struggling from day to day. One trying to overcome the past, while the other hides behind it.

Tripp Alexander thinks he has everything figured out and nothing can stop him, when a swift dose of reality plants his feet firmly back on the ground. Maybe a little too close to six feet under.

Loren Jensen knows heartache. She knows what it’s like to have your future pulled out from under you with no safety net in sight.

This is a story about fate and destiny and how small gestures can go a long way. The day the guy with nothing left to lose takes a chance on the sad girl at the cafe, everything changes.

Will they be able to trust enough to let go of their pasts, despite what they've been through, or will the truth derail the path fate has put them on?

263 pages, Kindle Edition

First published October 9, 2016

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Jiffy Kate is the joint pen name for Jiff Simpson and Jenny Kate Altman. They're co-writing besties who share a brain and a love of cute boys, good coffee, and fun times.

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Profile Image for Melanie Moreland.
Author 66 books4,648 followers
October 14, 2016
The Other One is an emotional journey written by the talented team known as Jiffy Kate.
The pain and suffering of the lead character, Tripp, is handled with a sensitive hand, and his life is shown with flashbacks, taking the reader on a journey —who he was, and how he came to be the person we meet in the book.
After a life altering event, and struggling to find himself, Tripp encounters Ania, or Loren as we eventually find out, and she proves to be the force that helps him moves forward, even as their pasts threaten to tear them apart. The slow burn of their relationship is so perfect for him, and in the end perfect for them. There is a gentle give and take in their relationship that drew me in, and I could feel their emotional connection.
Well written, and beautifully structured, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found myself tearing up at Tripp’s pain and frustration. I wanted to hug him and let him know he would be okay, and that life would get easier for him. Loren’s gentle strength, and ability to see him for the person he was underneath his fears was a lovely thing to read.
One of my favorite works by this duo.
Profile Image for CeCe.
3,451 reviews109 followers
November 23, 2016
I tried, but I am not a fan of the back and forth flashbacks.

The whole thing with Whitney...I really do not want to read about the hero and another woman and how great she was.

Not for me. This may work for you.
Profile Image for Amy .
2,755 reviews
October 11, 2016
4.5 Beautiful Stars!!

“For the first time in a long time, I feel like the dark cloud that’s been hovering over me for so long is lifting. For once, something is going right in my life. Loren makes me feel like there’s a chance for normal. But she’s so far from normal. She is anything but. She’s extraordinary–a beautiful girl, with sad eyes, and hidden secrets–but she sees me, the real me, and she doesn’t run. She stays.”

No one does southern charm and second chance romances like the duo of Jiffy Kate. Their stories are witty, full of heart and utterly captivating.

The moment I read the first page of this book, I just knew that I was about to read something amazing and boy was I right. This story is heartbreaking and will have you dying to know what happened to Tripp and Lauren. Tripp’s life has been an absolute struggle for the past few years. An accident not only left him forever changed, but broken too. It’s eye opening and life changing and makes Tripp see that some things seriously need to change….Loren is no stranger to heartache and guilt. Her eyes are sad and tell so many stories…only she’s closed herself off from the possiblity of happiness. That is until she meets Tripp. There is just something about Tripp that calls to her. She can’t help but give into the connection she feels with him. Just when things are finally looking up for both Loren and Tripp, the rug will be pulled out from under the two of them one more time. They say the truth will set you free, but in this case the truth very well might just lead to heartache….

The Other One is a beautiful and heartbreaking story. It will pull you in from the very first page and will hold your heart hostage the entire time. Loren and Tripp’s story is not an easy one. Their story is real and easy to relate to. Loren and Tripp are both broken and dealing with a guilt neither really comprehends. I appreciated that Tripp and Loren really got to know one another before jumping into a relationship together. They had a strong foundation and friendship, so when they finally did get together, that made it all that much sweeter.

The Other One took my heart on a journey that it honestly was not prepared for. This is an amazing second chance romance. It is raw and real. It is a story of healing, forgiveness and finding peace. It is a story of true, real, unforgettable love. And I just loved getting lost in Tripp and Loren’s story….

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
Profile Image for The BookAddict Mom.
262 reviews23 followers
October 5, 2016

The Other One by Jiffy Kate once again demonstrates how talented this dynamic duo is. Absolutely heartbreaking, The Other One is a beautifully written story about two strangers whose lives are rocked and completely altered when tragedy strikes each of their lives.

Fate…at least I like to think it was…intercepts by crossing their paths resulting in an undeniable connection that ultimately could change everything for both of them. Do you believe in destiny? Even when your happiness is the result of so much pain, lies, and suffering?

Well done once again Jiffy Kate!!!
Profile Image for Sara.
1,398 reviews166 followers
October 11, 2016
This is a fantastically heartwarming novel of turning life around after faced with tragedy and finding love.

Tripp is a beautiful soul. He suffered a tragic event that changed him forever. Now he sees the beauty in unexpected things. Then he meets Lauren, a girl who is as broken as he is. Her hauntingly sad eyes intrigue him. They form a friendship which grows into something more.

These two authors know how to use all the feels. I immediately fell in love with Tripp and I loved reading along as he and Lauren grew and came together.

Fabulous read!!
Profile Image for Megan | A Page to Turn.
558 reviews16 followers
October 11, 2016
This book is my top three book this year, and that's kind of a huge feat since I'm encroaching on my 100 book goal for the year. These ladies know what they are doing, and they do it very well. So well, in fact, that I can't help but compare their stories to those of the Queen, Colleen Hoover. They do Southern Romance at it’s best - with some completely flawed characters who just want to love and be loved in this life.

Jiffy Kate doesn't disappoint in The Other One, their third book release; their second release this year. I've read their other two books as well [Finding Focus and Chasing Castles], and while they are known for a little more romantic comedy story - the Other One takes a more dark and gritty approach to romance. If you are looking for a new author to obsess over, these two ladies need to take that place. They are spot on in their stories and are blazing their own trail in the indie world!

It's so beautiful to figure out who Tripp is and what happened in his life to cause him to be so shut off, broken, and confused. Then there is Loren; she's just as broken and alone under completely different, but still similar circumstances. When these two lives collide, there is no stone left unturned as they learn about each other and their pasts; however their secrets come back to haunt them and threaten to ruin it all. Can they find a place of forgiveness and love? Can they find a peace that neither of them knew was even possible? You have to read to find out, and believe me, the journey is rocky and you might Tripp a few times… but it’s so worth it. ←- see what I did there? (Pun intended!) Ha!
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1,018 reviews
September 19, 2016
Tripp has such a beautiful heart!!! Although he experienced a life altering and devastating event, he survived and healed, and because of it he grew and loved. There was something beautiful and inspiring in what he perceived as his "brokenness".

"Loren makes me feel like there's a chance for normal. But she's so far from normal. She's anything but. She's extraordinary- a beautiful girl, with sad eyes, and hidden secrets- but she sees me, the real me, and she doesn't run. She stays."

Totally swoon-worthy moment right there, and the book is full of them. This book breaks out all of the feels. The authors do an amazing job of making you feel exactly how you imagine the characters in the book are feeling as they endure their struggles and hardships, as well as their experiences in falling in love, and those butterflies you feel when someone catches your eye. Reading about Tripp and Loren from the moment he saw her across the room until they full on fell in love was truly special. Their love was not an insta-fairy tale, and it came with challenges, but it was incredibly real and powerful; clearly they are two halves of a whole. The supporting characters of this book were also noteworthy in their sense of loyalty, support and just full on sense of family.

Another 5 Star Read from these authors. I loved their first two books, and this was did not disappoint.
Profile Image for Kim Ginsberg.
Author 4 books28 followers
October 5, 2016
Tripp Alexander is trying to get his life back after a horrific accident. He gets a job and notices a beautiful woman sitting in a booth at the cafe he was just hired at. He instantly is drawn to her but is too shy and withdrawn to approach her. Loren Jenson knows heartache. She goes to the cafe to think about what she's been through and notices the new waiter. He captures her attention even though they don't talk to each other. Can two broken souls heal each other? Find out in this awesome read!!!
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12 reviews2 followers
September 20, 2016
Jiffy Kate did it again! This book grabs your attention from the beginning and does not let go. Tripp and Loren's story goes way beyond your typical love story. It's about love and loss, finding yourself, letting go of the past and embracing the future, overcoming your fears, and facing your demons. It's daring to hope and dream, and following your destiny. I have completely fallen in love with this book and I look forward to reading it over and over again!!!
Profile Image for Carrie Elks.
Author 67 books1,542 followers
November 25, 2016
The Other one is a story of second chances and redemption. The tale of two broken people who mend each other and become whole together. From the first page I was mesmerised by Jiffy Kate's words. I found myself rooting for Tripp and his Anya, turning the pages quickly to see what their secrets were, and how they overcame them. Quite simply it was a beautiful read.
Profile Image for Sandie Chraponski.
1,199 reviews10 followers
May 1, 2022
Excuse me, Ms Jiff & Ms Jenny, but this story needs to come with a warning label!! I know people say some stories make you feel all the feels, but until they read this one they don’t know what they are talking about!

Tripp and Loren’s story is gut wrenchingly heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time! The way you portrayed their anxieties and vulnerabilities made me want to reach in and hug them both.

Don’t even get me started with Tripp’s relationship with Ben!! GAH! Talk about family goals!

Ok people, if you haven’t read anything by Jiffy Kate, I’m not sure what rock you live under, because you are missing out on some of the best writing I’ve read. (And I read a lot)

Go grab this one, or seriously any of them, you are going to love them!!
Profile Image for Judy.
766 reviews5 followers
November 1, 2017
I enjoyed reading this story very much. Tripp is a young man who was seriously injured in a car accident, leaving him with traumatic brain injury issues. A girl, whom he calls Aria, comes into the restaurant where he works every Thursday and sits alone, writing in her diary, for hours. These two are destined for each other, as we find out just how they are connected as the story unfolds. This is a moving and well told story. I didn't read it in it's previous form, but here I found the characters well drawn, the plot compelling, the writing top notch. I enjoyed this story very much.
Profile Image for Melissa Ann.
338 reviews21 followers
December 9, 2017
I enjoyed this story of Tripp and Loren! Jiffy Kate writes so amazing and so raw, that this story really touches the heart. My heart broke for Tripp and all he went through until he met a girl with a sad eyes, he felt a connection to her. Loren has her own secrets and pain she’s holding onto and when you find out, your in quite a shock. You constantly cheer these two characters on and use also want to reach into book and console them. Tripp’s family was fantastic and I loved how they supported him deeply through his hard times. This story was a emotional ride with a supreme ending!
Profile Image for Kari Williams.
708 reviews2 followers
October 14, 2022

This made me cry pretty darn good. LOL Tripp has a TBI and I can certainly relate to that, as I watched my dad fight death from a similar injury. The recovery is brutal. Metal and physical, so I feel like I can totally say this was told beautifully. The struggles to be " normal" are absolutely real and this was told very realistically. This family stole my heart with all of their unwavering support and Loren was a character anyone could love. The way this story tied together was the reason I ran out of tissues.
Profile Image for Sharon.
986 reviews2 followers
January 13, 2018
This is a sweet story, but kind of slow for me.
Trip and Loren have experienced somethings tragic in their lives. Their connection to each other was instant, but it too so long to build up from there.

The writing is great. The story line is great. My heart went out to both Trip and Loren. I just wanted MORE!

I will continue to read more books by Jiffy Kate! I think these authors are very talented and can't wait to see what they create for us next!
Profile Image for Linda Newbern.
404 reviews5 followers
May 11, 2019
This book certainly wasn’t one to read fast. I became so invested in Tripp’s problems and his guilt. Loren was just the person he needed to see inside Tripp and be there for him. I love Wyatt who was such a kind, gentle man. Thankfully Tripp was surrounded by people who love him and supported him. This was such a beautifully written book that I can recommend without reservation.
Profile Image for Shaina.
375 reviews1 follower
February 17, 2020
This is more of a new adult novel and I think if I knew that, I would have had a better read. Tripp’s inner dialogue was a bit much for me. I also think that the story could have been flushed out more and flowed better. There were a lot of little events plus flashbacks that sort of jumbled things a bit.
1,351 reviews6 followers
September 15, 2022

Great characters, well written. Quite the slow burn - kept me guessing how it might finally resolve. I read the ebook version, which is not my favorite way to read, since the single page at a time viewing (compared to a print book) seems to affect my experience of a story.
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726 reviews14 followers
February 10, 2023
Second chance at life

I really liked Tripp and Loren's story. It was filled with compassion and triumphs and love. I loved their connection and how they were brought together by fate. I just wished it moved quicker than a snail's pace. It was hard to get into but I was invested enough that I needed to know what happens. And I'm glad I did.
9 reviews
June 27, 2017
You can't help but immediately fall in love with Tripp, and be the guy's number one cheerleader! With relatable characters and situations, I couldn't put this book down...and have actually read it a second time :)
Profile Image for Angela.
813 reviews2 followers
November 29, 2017
Tripp had an incredible obstacle thrown in his way. He’s working through it and trying to be a better person. Loren has been beaten down and she keeps beating herself down along with it. They manage to fumble their way along and find the right path forward. This is an amazing love story!!
Profile Image for Stefanie.
889 reviews
July 17, 2018
Such an emotionally rich book! My heart broke for Tripp. My heart rejoiced at all the support Tripp has. There is also such a mystery to Tripp and Loren. When Tripp and Loren find one another it’s beautiful.
December 13, 2018

I enjoyed this sweet story. Tripp and Loren have both had unimaginable traumas in their lives. Destiny steps in and guides them together to heal in the sweetest way. Another great Jiffy Kate Story!
Profile Image for Lindsay Currier.
19 reviews
April 9, 2019
Sweet and Heartwarming

I throughly enjoyed this book. The characters were adorable and I wanted to hug them when they struggled and cheer for them when they succeeded. It left me feeling happy and hopeful. What more could you ask for.
Profile Image for Way-Way Pee.
539 reviews5 followers
October 23, 2019
A good enough story, but I’m not sure I’m a fan of the extended flashbacks. This is set in the Blue Bayou / NOLA world but a few years ahead of Shaw/Avery. More NA. There were a few typos and grammatical errors.

Note: called both Turn of Fate and The Other One
September 13, 2022
All the feels with this one. Wow. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. Although I did have the big “surprise” figured out long before they even got to that part. Although I thought it was going to be more serious than it was. So I’m glad it wasn’t. Can’t say more without spoilers.
Profile Image for Mariya .
493 reviews
August 15, 2017
I enjoyed it. It was an interesting story, likable characters and good writing.
Profile Image for Kathy Schofield.
86 reviews3 followers
September 15, 2018
Emotional love

What a beautifully written story. The love found through tragedy is beautifully told through Loren and Tripp's story. I found this read totally refreshingly real.
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61 reviews1 follower
June 7, 2017
I wanted to give both these characters the biggest hugs!

I absolutely loved this book, yet I find myself at a lost of words. Tripp and Loren are too very pained people and both are s o undeserving of the pain they have to endure. From the very beginning, when we meet Tripp, we know that this is one for the heartstrings. His struggle to just be normal after he faced a life threatening event that changed him from the vibrant, handsome, and maybe even cocky man to a shell of his former self. However, when he sees Loren for the first time, he worked hard to bring some normalcy back to his life. Loren has experienced some tragedy in her life , and sits in the dining where Tripp works as a form of punishment that she thinks she deserves. Apart they are very sad individuals that I just wanted to hug ! I wanted to give a big hug to both characters. Together , in what can only be deemed as ironic, they soon discovered that they maybe destined to be together . I believe so. The talented duo of Jiffy Kate showcase their understanding of character development, situational conflict , and the healing properties of love . You would absolutely fall in love with the story !
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