Three years has done nothing to ease the pain Shelly Gallus feels at the loss of her husband Max. She does not know what to think when Paolo shows up at her door claiming to be the grandson of her Max even though he is the same age as Max when he died. Stranger yet, Paolo claims that her Max is alive and living in the Philippines.
Before Ever After is a heart-warming romance with just a hint of mystery and adventure woven in. Unlike standard mystery novels, solving the mystery is not the main focus here. It is the journey and all of the magical characters that you meet along the way.
Shelly and Max come together on a tour around Europe. The story bounces back and forth among different time periods, giving us several mini stories that all tie back in to Max. Each story is brought about by the tour visiting a different area. The historical ties make these stories all the more fascinating.
I found the book to be quite charming. If you have a romantic bone anywhere in your body, then you should have no problem enjoying this one. I am not usually a fan of romantic stories, but this one held my interest and made me smile quite a few times.
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 beach in Greece, 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 in Europe. This is her first novel.
I received an advance copy of this book for review from the publisher.
Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto
Publication Data: August 2, 2011