Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

Before Ever After hits Top 5 on Amazon! Whoop!

I first read about the book  through Once Upon A Twilight blog unfortunately, I can't find the specific entry now but it was part of contest giveaway. After I read the summary, it made me think about the "The Traveler's Wife" more of the movie though and not having read the book. There were all sort of questions flying in and out and I was very interested in getting a copy and had written it down in my book list since I missed out the giveaway contest. 

Weeks later my local bookstore, (National Bookstore) announced of a book launch. Unfortunately, I was too late to rearrange my sked and there are times, travelling to Manila bores me out of my skull. Then at the heels of the finding that out, my mom called me out to the living room since ANC's guest, was no other than Before Ever After's author, Ms. Samantha Sotto. ☺

Before Ever After launch at Glorietta 5

Summary from Goodreads. com
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.

If you've read it? Let me know what you think about it? My sci-fi side is showing reasons like paradoxes, alternate earths, or a missing twin...


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