Before Ever After

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Crown/Archetype, 2012 - Fiction - 296 pages
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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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User Review  - writerbeverly - LibraryThing

Loved it. The hero gets blown to pieces in the prologue, leaving Shelley, the heroine, a rich if heartbroken young widow. So the story is shown in flashback style, a la The Time Traveler's Wife, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - KarenRinn - LibraryThing

This is one of those historical fiction/romance/mystery books that grabbed me at the first page, pulled me in, and kept me intrigued until the book was finished. Samantha Sotto's writing style is witty and rich in language. I highly recommend this "good read"! Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
3
Section 3
28
Section 4
49
Section 5
59
Section 6
69
Section 7
79
Section 8
106
Section 16
194
Section 17
212
Section 18
221
Section 19
231
Section 20
242
Section 21
255
Section 22
259
Section 23
273

Section 9
118
Section 10
130
Section 11
141
Section 12
148
Section 13
158
Section 14
173
Section 15
188
Section 24
281
Section 25
284
Section 26
287
Section 27
294
Section 28
295
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About the author (2012)

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. She is the author of Love and Gravity and Before Ever After.

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