Carol T. (Ankeny, Iowa)
Before Ever After
I, too, am a fan of time travel, so was a little disapponted to discover this is the story of an immortal man. That aside, the author had an an interesting idea and with a little more effort to round out the characters and make time more linear, could have created a memorable book.
Betty B. (Irving, TX)
Before Ever After
I was a little disappointed with this book. I found the story quite interesting, expecially the historic periods. Unfortunately I felt the writing was weak, particularly the dialogue of the characters. The story intrigued me enough that I kept reading to see how it would all be resolved. I think it is an ok book which could have been a great book with better writing.
Dianne S. (Green Valley, AZ)
Back & forth in time
I chose this book to review because I am a lover of time travel. This book, I discovered, was not about time travel, but about a man, an Immortal man, who has lived through time.
I enjoyed this book to a point. The story of Max and Shelley meeting was entertaining. I loved the bravery of the characters that signed up for Max's adventurous tour. What I didn't really enjoy about the book was the way it jumps into different time periods constantly. It was forever piling more & more characters and locations to the point that when I put the book down for a time, I would continuously have to regroup and figure out where I left off. This perhaps is not the fault of the book but of my own.
I applaud the author for what I think is a very original story. I believe that fantasy & romance readers will enjoy this book.
David S. (San Diego, CA)
Before Ever After by Samatha Sotto
A neat blending of romance, thriller, and history into a fast-paced story that will keep the reader engrossed from the first page to the last. A well done first novel that makes for a fun summer read for both guys and gals.
Margaret R. (Atlanta, GA)
Good Summer Read
Before Ever After is a good summer read. I found the structure a little distracting - too much quick shifting between time frames. The historical stories were the best part of the book. It almost seemed as though two different authors were writing the book, because the quality of the writing was so good in the stories of the historical adventures and somewhat stilted in the present times. Still it was an enjoyable and different historical romance novel.
Sands of Time
Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto is full of interesting historical vignettes while telling the story of a romance. Although the idea of the book is quite interesting, I liked the story better than the writing. It is a quick read.