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Before Ever After - Samantha Sotto
Before Ever After
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"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... show more
"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– and 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.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780307719881 (030771988X)
ASIN: 030771988X
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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marianchua
marianchua rated it
4.0 Before Ever After: A Novel
I loved the historical fiction. The transition of timelines is amusing. I didn't focus much on Max & Shelley's love story. I didn't like Shelley but I loved the other characters. What captured me most is the different identities of Max Gallus. I always loved the story behind the history. Oh, and the...
EricaO
EricaO rated it
2.0 Before Ever After
The premise of this book snagged me as much as the cover (I know not to judge a book by it's cover. Shut up about it already). A woman's husband dies in an accident and she's miserable until she finds out he didn't really die...that he is actually still alive somewhere and, even weirder, his grandso...
ellaminnowpea
ellaminnowpea rated it
The premise was quite lovely and in the hands of a more gifted writer, I think it would have made for a fantastic book. Sotto, though, is too much of a novice. I felt like she couldn't decide if she wanted her tone to be coy or genuine. One thing she wasn't was subtle - the metaphors were waaaay too...
isamlq
isamlq rated it
3.5/5There were things I loved, things that had me melting, and moments that just didn't compute. Before Ever After isn't something I'd normally pick having sworn off time travel romances... but the epilogue saved me from days of agonizing over what if's and what could be's. The very same epilogue t...
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