Before Ever After - Samantha Sotto

Before Ever After

By Samantha Sotto

  • Release Date: 2011-08-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 55 Ratings)
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  • Description

    "A smartly written romance, mystery and historical adventure all wrapped up in a page-turner that will have you guessing until the very end." – Adena Halpern, author of The Ten Best Days of My Life
     
    Three years after her husband Max's death, Shelley feels no more adjusted to being a widow than she did that first terrible day. That is, until the doorbell rings. Standing on her front step is a young man who looks so much like Max--same smile, same eyes, same age, same adorable bump in his nose--he could be Max's long-lost relation. He introduces himself as Paolo, an Italian editor of American coffee table books, and shows Shelley some childhood photos. Paolo tells her that the man in the photos, the bearded man who Paolo says is his grandfather though he never seems to age, is Max. Her Max. And he is alive and well.
     
    As outrageous as Paolo's claims seem--how could her husband be alive? And if he is, why hasn't he looked her up?--Shelley desperately wants to know the truth. She and Paolo jet across the globe to track Max down--if it is really Max. Along the way, Shelley recounts the European package tour where they had met. As she relives Max's stories of bloody Parisian barricades, medieval Austrian kitchens, and buried Roman boathouses, Shelley begins to piece together the story of who her husband was and what these new revelations mean for her "happily ever after." And as she and Paolo get closer to the truth, Shelley discovers that not all stories end where they are supposed to.

    Reviews

    • Before Ever After

      2
      By Wickedweezy
      I would have given this book five stars if not for the end. I personally abhor stories that leave you guessing. I need to know how the story ends. This book is well written and engrossing. That being said, I feel that I have squandered many hours of my life.
    • Extremely romantic...

      5
      By Emmi R
      Such a nice reading with love and romance and mysteri... I recommend it if you are a romantic person.
    • Before Ever After

      5
      By Ernesto Lung-Gat
      I love your book...awesome! Maui, Hawaii Ernie L.
    • Great read

      5
      By Judy95
      This is ambitious. Hedonism, existentialism, darkness, resilience, comedy, familial love, romantic love, true love – themes that are explored in this novel that at some point in our lives, we’ve experienced either in a small, medium or encompassing way. The clever use of vignettes to portray these themes as Max is constructed (or deconstructed depending on an individual’s point of view) is where, in my opinion, the ambition of the book coincides with its brilliance. All in all, the combination of the vignettes and the various contexts it gives, the dry Brit humor, excellent historical backdrops, and the dash of the supernatural make this an excellent and entertaining read for the summer. Definitely a two thumbs up.

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