Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto to a good friend. This book will make its way around the booktalk/book group circuit in no time. BTW, Amazon has a very nice little book trailer. Just click on the title above.
Here's the set-up. Max was killed in a terrorist attack on the London underground, leaving behind his young wife, Shelly. Three years later, on a Sunday morning, Shelly is trying to recreate Max's delicious baked eggs and cheese when the doorbell rings. At the door, stands Max!!! No, wait. This man's name is Paolo. And Paolo claims to be Max's grandson......
This claim, and what Paolo shows Shelly to prove it, leads the two of them on a search for Max/Nonno and on a journey into the past - a tour through Europe that Shelly took with Max as the tour guide. She met him, fell in love and now, she wants to hunt him down and demand some answers.
Part travelogue - I want to go to Slovenia, France, Austria, Switzerland, Venice - even to the South Sea Islands - part time travel, definitely romance, this book will carry you along. Sotto's writing is smooth, descriptive and evocative.
OH, and I almost forgot! Chicken lovers take note. Chickens are very important in this story. Any ideas what this "symbolism" might mean? (Besides the fact that chickens rule!)
The ending troubled me, and I'd love to hear someone else's take on that. Anyway, getting to the end was worth it. Read the book and please come back and tell me what you think.
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