Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Review: Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto
Before Ever After is a beautiful love story. It flips between the present and Shelley's memories of the group tour she took through Europe where she met Max. The stories he told the group at the time seemed like just that, but now Shelley is picking up pieces of who Max really is by remembering the stories. The book was really easy to follow and the flipflopping flowed well.
Sotto is a great writer. She captures Shelley's emotions so well that I could really feel her grief when Max died. I could also feel her disbelief and later her acceptance when she was shown Paolo's photos and started wondering who Max really was.
The flashbacks to Max's stories were my favorite part because they are so vivid and the history of each location and time are really brought to life by Sotto's descriptions. I also learned a little about French history. I looked it up, and "The Bloody Week" of Paris in 1871 that is described in the book really did happen. Info is here. I can't believe that I never heard of this major event in French history, having a French degree and taking countless numbers of French history classes and all that. You learn something new every day!
I'd recommend Before Ever After to anyone who loves a good timeless love story that makes you feel all warm and happy inside, and to anyone who also loves good writing. Let me know your thoughts if you've read it, or if you plan on reading it! It is a truly enchanting story and it made me want to go back to Europe!
Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto is out today, August 2nd, through the Crown Publishing Group! Get your copy today :)
Now some favorite quotes:
Page 83: Shelley had first come to the conclusion that age was a sound when she went hunting for a place after she first moved to London....
Page 230: "I know there's no magical potion to preserve my life or Sheila's," Dex said, still holding on to Shelley's hand. "And I know that the time will come when her voice won't be as crystal clear in my head. But even when every detail has dulled, I know that I'll always have something that not even time can take away. Pain."
Shelley's hand stiffened against Dex's palm. "And that's a good thing?"
"Yes, because when I've forgotten everything else, I'll feel that ache...that tightness in my throat...that heaviness in my chest...and know that I loved a woman once and she loved me back. It's proof that I existed and so did she."
Title: Before Ever After
Author: Samantha Sotto (@samanthasotto on twitter)
Date of Publication: August 2nd, 2011
Number of Pages: 294
Source: ARC from Publisher