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Before Ever After

Format:  Hardcover,

296 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Aug 2011

ISBN-13: 9780307719874

ISBN-10: 0307719871

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"A smartly written romance, mystery and historical adventure all wrapped up ina 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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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Aug 2011
ISBN-13: 9780307719874
ISBN-10: 0307719871
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 296
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.16
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.75 x 1.0

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Review by Library Journal (2011-06-15)

Twentysomething Shelley's world is shattered as she hears her husband being blown up while talking to him on the phone. Three years later, she's made little progress in getting beyond her paralyzing grief when she opens the door to a man who looks so much like her husband, Max, that she faints. Paolo's story is so utterly improbable-Max was his grandfather who never aged-that she can barely keep it together.

The two grieving survivors head to Europe to retrace the offbeat continental tour that Max led five years before. As they slowly unravel the mystery of Max's immortality and multiple reincarnations, Shelley and Paolo seem to be getting closer to finding the latest version of Max.

Verdict: When a wildly romantic love story opens with a terrorist attack (based on the March 2004 bombing of the Atocha train station in Madrid) that claims one of the principals, readers are forewarned that hearts will be broken. First-time author Sotto's lush literary gifts draw one in to the terrible beauty of her tale of immortality-is it too much to hope for one purely happy ending?-Beth E. Andersen, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"A smartly written romance, mystery and historical adventure all wrapped up ina 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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