Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

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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 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.


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About Samantha Sotto

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SAMANTHA SOTTO fell in love with Europe's cobbled streets and damp castles when she moved to the Netherlands as a teenager. Since then, she has spent nights huddled next to her backpack on a Greek beach, honeymooned in Paris, and attended business meetings in Dusseldorf in the pleasant company of a corporate credit card. Before Ever After was inspired by her experiences living, studying, and traveling through Europe. This is her first novel.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published August 2, 2011 by Crown. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At each out-of-the-way site, Max spun an incredible yarn for his merry little group of travelers: the tale of poor Isabelle during the 19th-century Communard Revolt, the fate of two adventurers at the French Revolution, a ghost story involving a mad mercenary in 16th-century Switzerland, a quiet ...

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She begins her novel with a great premise: Shelley Gallus lost her husband Max three years earlier to a terrorist bomb set off in Madrid, Spain.

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Now, stop at this point and we have a fine story about a decent woman who may have been the victim of a sad hoax, a woman who is ready to go and find Max, alive or dead.But here is where the problem arises: Paolo proceeds to make the case that not only is Max alive, but he’s at least hundreds of ...

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Sotto is a fantastic writer who writes her characters with deep understanding of their personality, throws detailed settings of time and place to create a more magical scene, and is so eloquent with her execution of plot and writing that readers will finish the last page and start the book again.

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That’s what Belle’s ideal book contains when she describes it in the beginning of “Beauty and the Beast.” And after reading "Before Ever After" by Samantha Sotto, I think Belle would fall in love with this book as much as I did.

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Now living in San Francisco, she works as an information architect and library consultant and has been published in Marie Claire, Redbook, Sports Afield, SEEN, Double Negative, Sportswear International, IndiePlanet, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, The Bold Italic, Her Fab Life, the Sephora blog, Eco F...

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When Shelley and Max are finally reunited in one of the final scenes of Before Ever After, his explanations were weak and selfish.

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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.

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