Before Ever After

by Samantha Sotto | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0307719871 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingjosieriverswing of Leesville, South Carolina USA on 5/3/2019
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingjosieriverswing from Leesville, South Carolina USA on Friday, May 03, 2019
This was a wishlist book gifted to me by Book_drunkard for Christmas.
From of book:

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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingjosieriverswing at Leesville, South Carolina USA on Friday, May 03, 2019
So... I finally got around to reading this one. I have to admit, the plot on back of book was what got me wanting to read it.
Started it and was intrigued.... 60 pages later, it was time for bed (hubby and I wake up early for work). I have to admit, I tossed and turned all night!!! Could not get the characters and their stories out of my mind!! Needless to say I finished this book the next day.

WOW I don't even know what to say without giving the story away. Each character brings something to the story and without them it would be incomplete.

Of course, not everyone will find this book as enchanting and intriguing as I, but i hope you at least give it a chance.

Raying it for others to enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wingjosieriverswing at -- BOOKRAY, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Friday, May 17, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (5/18/2019 UTC) at -- BOOKRAY, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


Heading off to the first participant of this bookray! Minesayn.
Participant list is found inside the book.

To the finder of this book:

Welcome to BookCrossing, a unique community of book lovers, sharing their libraries with the world. You have in your hands a free gift. This book is yours to do with as you it, share it, keep it, pass it on. The best book is a shared book.

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BookCrossing is free to join, completely confidential (you are known only by your screen name and no one is ever given your e-mail address) and a great deal of fun. If you choose to join please consider using me, Josierivers or Southernfryed as your referring member.

Happy Readings!

Journal Entry 4 by wingminesaynwing at Huron, Ohio USA on Monday, May 20, 2019
Received in the mail today (May 20, 2019)...thanks Josierivers for the book that will be sent onto the next reader in this Book Ray. Love the cover with the book acting as a cover itself. Looking forward to reading it and sending it on.

Journal Entry 5 by wingminesaynwing at Huron, Ohio USA on Sunday, June 16, 2019
9.5 since I can't tell whether the ending was happily ever after or not. One minute I think yes, the following minute I think otherwise.

Intriguing concept...a love story, historical stories, adventure story, and chickens and eggs.

Max Gallus runs a unique tour, and he and a few others including Shelley go on one. Going from the present day to the past and back again, the story of Max, Shelley, and countless others is told.

What is the meaning of life, death, and love?

Rather than put in any spoilers since this is a book ray, I will only post these few remarks. Thanks josierivers for allowing me the opportunity to read it. Will be passing it on to dvg and let her discover the magic of this book.

Journal Entry 6 by wingminesaynwing at Toms River, New Jersey USA on Monday, June 17, 2019

Released 11 mos ago (6/17/2019 UTC) at Toms River, New Jersey USA


"No two persons ever read the same book."--Edmund Wilson

Sharing this book with the wider world--enjoy!
I have either registered it, or received it from another person who is willing to share it, too. Consider logging onto and letting us know where it is been and where it is going next. It can be done anonymously or join the site as a member.

Sending via media mail to the next reader of Josierivers' book ray of Before Ever After. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
USPS Tracking No. 9549 0158 0142 9168 5055 23 with an expected delivery date of 6/22/2019

Journal Entry 7 by dvg at Toms River, New Jersey USA on Friday, June 21, 2019
Arrived safely today and I am starting it right now. PMing next on the list for addy.

Journal Entry 8 by dvg at Sent to the Next BCer, Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, June 28, 2019

Released 11 mos ago (6/28/2019 UTC) at Sent to the Next BCer, Bookray -- Controlled Releases


I, too, couldn’t tell whether the ending was happily ever after or not. I choose happily ever after.

It is a love story with adventure along with chickens and baked eggs throughout. It has touches of humor like, “Shelley made do with a breakfast of burned toast slathered with trans-fat-free disappointment.”

Max running his unique historical tour and Shelley decides to join in the fun. This story bounces from present day to past but it is not confusing. It is such an enjoyable read, so beautifully written that I did not want to put it down. I finished it in about three days. I wanted to know what was going to happen next to the characters. I so enjoyed each part of their tour and the story that was woven by Max to his tour group as well as the author’s writing style.
I hope to read more by this author. Thank you JosieRivers for sharing this with me.

This will begin its journey to time-traveler today.

Journal Entry 9 by wingtime-travelerwing at Westchester, New York USA on Monday, July 01, 2019
I received this bookray book in the mail today, thanks to dvg and especially josierivers for organizing this ray. It's been a while since I participated in a book ray and I'm happy to see familiar names here!

book ray forum thread

I will start this book as soon as I finish my current read.

PS: Thanks for the RABCK book, dvg!

Journal Entry 10 by wingtime-travelerwing at Westchester, New York USA on Friday, July 19, 2019
My kind of book! Thanks for starting this ray, josierivers! I wouldn't have heard of or read it otherwise. However, I admit I sometimes had a hard time keeping totally focused on the story - there were a lot of characters and I felt the flipping back and forth in time wasn't as smooth as I would have liked ~ but I am very glad I read it.

Off to Dove-i-Librib it goes, I'll post in the forum once it's shipped.

PS - I also believe the ending is a happily-ever-after one.

Journal Entry 11 by wingtime-travelerwing at -- BOOKRAY, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Saturday, July 20, 2019

Released 10 mos ago (7/20/2019 UTC) at -- BOOKRAY, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


On its way to Florida!

Tracking number : 9505 5140 0322 9201 1226 52
with expected delivery Tuesday 7/23/19

Journal Entry 12 by Dove-i-Libri at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Thursday, July 25, 2019
Hi, everyone! Book arrived safe and sound, and I started to read it even as I was unwrapping it. Unfortunately, real life interfered in the form of my coworker leaving for early maternity leave and I haven't got a chance to get back to it. We'll have a fill-in after the weekend, so I see this book being on its way again by the end of next week! I was totally intrigued by the first few chapters, though, and can't wait to get back to it! I'm not seeing the mailing list, so please let me know who's next on the bookray! Thanks!

Oh, and, THANK YOU very much to time-traveler for the extra little goodies in the package with the book!
OH! I see! It's on the library sign-out card! How cute! I will send to our hostile friend book_drunkard next! LOL!
August 16, 2019: OK, sort of predictable twist, if that's not too much of an oxymoron. But nicely done. Will be sent off to our friendly book_drunkard this weekend!!!

Journal Entry 13 by Dove-i-Libri at -- BOOKRAY, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Saturday, August 17, 2019

Released 9 mos ago (8/17/2019 UTC) at -- BOOKRAY, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


Released as part of Booklady331's KTM Challenge (Link)
On its way to Indiana!

☺ Happy Traveling, Book! ☺

USPS Tracking Number: 9555 1265 6107 9229 4058 81

Journal Entry 14 by book_drunkard at Osgood, Indiana USA on Thursday, August 22, 2019
Received today.
It looks like I'm the last on the list so adding to Mt. Toobie for now.

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