Before Ever After

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Crown, 2011 - Domestic 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 hree 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. s 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 barric

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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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