Before Ever After: A Novel Pre-Order

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From Anne Fortier, New York Times bestselling author of Juliet:

“Strap on your time-jumping goggles and fasten the seatbelt of your favorite armchair … Samantha Sotto is going to take you on a rollercoaster ride that will leave your teacup hanging in mid-air. I was floored by the gutsy scope of this highly unusual love tragicomedy, and loved the spunky writing that strings together the rambunctious plot. Before Ever After is one of those books that challenges the natural laws of fiction writing, but in a frisky and highly entertaining way.”

From Adena Halpern, author of The Ten Best Days of My Life:

“A smartly written romance, mystery and historical adventure all wrapped up in a page-turner that will have you guessing until the very end. I could not stop thinking about it.”

From Melissa Senate, bestselling author of See Jane Date, The Love Goddess’ Cooking School, and eight other fabulous novels:

“Exquisitely written and inventively told, Before Ever After is a beautiful, moving — and quite fun — exploration of what youthink you know about your own life.”

From Jill Smolinski, author of The Next Thing on My List and Flip Flopped:

“I was absolutely enchanted by Before Ever After – it’s a highly original and engaging mix of romance, mystery and magic that will challenge everything you think you know about happily ever after.”

From Saralee Rosenberg, author of Claire Voyant, Fate & Ms. Fortune and A Little Help From Above :

“In Samantha Sotto’s high spirited debut, a young widow travels to a remote and distant island to answer the question, what price do we pay for eternal love. It is a mesmerizing journey transcending time and continents, all to remind that there are many ways to live on forever and to immortalize a marriage. Note to readers: Curl up with jasmine tea and savor the warm, rich writing, as delectable as the recipes for love found within every enchanting page.”

From Library Journal:

“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

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