Before Ever After Author:Samantha Sotto 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... more ». 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.« less
A very clever story line, somewhat reminiscent of The Time Travelers wife. I found some of the characters in 'present day' just ever so slightly shallow/annoying. Max's tendency to refer to Shelly as 'luv' got on my nerves, not so much that he said it, but how the author spelled it. Sometimes it was like a 1966 Tiger Beat magazine article about British bands.This book is a combination of historical fiction/romance/fantasy.
Wow! This book is an exhilarating journey! One of the best books I have ever read. It is several stories through time woven into one story of a lifetime. I felt as though I was touring Europe off the beaten path to places with a rich history I was privy to. It is an experience I savored. If you need a vacation or an escape for awhile, this book will take you. Unique and amazing! A keeper I will want to experience again!