Samantha Sotto's 'Before Ever After' Book Launch

by noid ()
07/27/2011 - 6:00pm
07/27/2011 - 9:00pm

From Sam's Philippine Star Interview: "National Book Store will be distributing the paperback edition for the Philippines. We will be dong a launch and book signing party on July 27 at 6 p.m. at the National Book Store branch in Glorietta 5."

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Contact: Catherine Cullen


From debut novelist Samantha Sotto comes a modern day fairy tale that asks, “What if your happy ending was only the beginning?”

A Novel
by Samantha Sotto

Praise for Before Ever After:

“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.”

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

“I was floored by the gutsy scope of this highly unusual love story. Before Ever After is one of those books that challenge the natural laws of fiction writing, and Samantha Sotto pulls it off in a frisky and highly entertaining way.”

– Anne Fortier, New York Times bestselling author of Juliet


“First-time author Sotto’s lush literary gifts draw one in to the terrible beauty of her tale of immortality.”

Library Journal


What if ‘til death do us part meant longer than you realized? Samantha Sotto’s debut novel BEFORE EVER AFTER (Crown Trade: August 2, 2011) is a love story that defies the boundaries of time and space to redefine our notion of forever.


Shelley Gallus’ happy ending abruptly ended three years ago when her husband Max died. She has settled into life as a widow, braving Sunday mornings alone with a cup of Jasmine tea and a poor imitation of Max’s famous baked eggs and cheese, until her fragile recovery is shattered one morning when the doorbell rings. On her doorstep she finds handsome young Paolo, who bears not only an uncanny resemblance to her late husband but some unbelievable news: Max is alive!

Shelley would be overjoyed if not for two small details. First, Max was blown to bits by a Madrid subway bomb. And second, Paolo claims to be her 32-year-old husband’s 32-year-old grandson. Still, the single spark of hope that she could be reunited with the love of her life is all Shelley needs to launch her across the globe with Paolo in search of Max.


During their journey, Shelley tries to make sense of Paolo’s revelation, and finds herself scrutinizing her memories of “The Slight Detour,” the budget European tour package where she met and fell in love with her tour guide husband. Reality descends as Shelley begins to realize that Max’s vivid stories of bloody Parisian rebellions, medieval Austrian monasteries, and doomed Venetian cities may not have been stories at all.


Shelley had always believed her marriage was the stuff of fairy tales. But when fantasy collides hard with reality, and she and Paolo come closer to discovering the truth about Max, Shelley faces an agonizing leap of faith before she can have her happily ever after.


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SAMANTHA SOTTO fell in love with Europe’s cobbled streets and damp castles when she moved to the Netherlands as a teenager. Since then, she has spent nights huddled next to her backpack on a beach in Greece, honeymooned in Paris, and attended business meetings in Dusseldorf in the pleasant company of a corporate credit card. Before Ever After was inspired by her experiences living, studying, and traveling in Europe. This is her first novel.

Visit Samantha on the web at



Samantha Sotto

Crown Trade * On-sale: August 2, 2011 * ISBN: 978-0-307-71987-4

Hardcover * Price: $23.00 * 304 pages*


Also available as an eBook: 978-0-307-71989-8


by noid on July 27, 2011 - 12:44pm

Was concerned about the weather and tweeted Sam -- she confirms that the event will push through here and here. :)

(Light to moderate rain according to PAGASA [via ANC])