Before Ever After - A Review

I'm thrilled to introduce you to a real treat, my blogger friend Samantha Sotto's début novel, Before Ever After.

Since I began blogging back in January, Sam has been a regular fixture around here, leaving her quirky wit behind with her kind comments.  I've come to look forward to her remarks, knowing they will always put a smile on my face.

Sam's now defunct blog, "The Slight Detour", was a countdown to the release of her début novel (which was released this month) and her attempt to not go stir crazy while waiting.  Her blog provided concrete advice for writers and a first-hand look into the publishing process, all written in Sam's humble and humorous style. But more importantly, her blog gave hope and inspiration to aspiring writers, myself included.  You can find Samantha's new blog at samanthasotto.com.

I've just finished reading my copy of Before Ever After  and I was blown away - it is THAT good!  It's written in the warm and witty style that I've come to recognize as Sam's unique voice.  Before Ever After  defies categorizing, crossing the genres of romance, mystery, historical adventure and fantasy and I found it to be an incredibly engaging story and a riot of fun to read.

Here's author Anne Fortier's review:  “Strap on your time-jumping goggles and fasten the seatbelt of your favorite armchair … Samantha Sotto is going to take you on a rollercoaster ride that will leave your teacup hanging in mid-air. I was floored by the gutsy scope of this highly unusual love tragicomedy, and loved the spunky writing that strings together the rambunctious plot. Before Ever After is one of those books that challenges the natural laws of fiction writing, but in a frisky and highly entertaining way.”

Author Adena Halpern gave this review:  "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."

Here's Samantha:

And here's the official book trailer:

Now everyone, please - go and buy yourself a copy!  Let's make this deserving novel a best seller.

Congratulation, Sam!  I could not be happier for you!


  1. Ah...jet lag has its perks! I can stalk you in "real time" now! :D Thanks for your kind words and lovely review, my friend!!! :D

  2. bodaciousboomerAugust 19, 2011

    Is this on Kindle?

  3. Danielle @ We Have It AllAugust 19, 2011

    Hi, I'm just dropping in from one of the blog hops :)

    If you get a chance, stop by We Have It All - I have a huge giveaway package to give away on the 21st and there are low entries, so better chance to win!

    Have a fantastic weekend!

  4. Sounds like a must read to me!

  5. Yes it it. It's available at amazon.com or from Sam's webpage.

  6. If you liked The Time Traveller's Wife or The Outlander, then you'll love this.

  7. Betty LuckhurstAugust 21, 2011

    I don't read much but I plan to do more in the next few months. I will keep this one in mind.

  8. Susan Ross DonohueAugust 21, 2011

    No time to write. I'm zipping over to Amazon to buy this book. Congratulations Samantha and thanks for posting this Kara!

  9. You had me at Kindle...because? Time Traveler's Wife is one of my most favorite. Evah. AND? I just bought Outlander on tape and it's my new commute-listen.

  10. Wow! This sounds great! Thanks for sharing with us. Good Luck with your new book, Samantha!! And Kara, thanks for stopping by the Sit and Relax weekend hop again. I always think of you every time my kids bring up Canada. ;) My son was even talking about Fat Man's Misery again last week. LOL I'll have to see if I can find those pictures sometime! Thanks for having the button posted!

  11. I will definitely put this on my reading list. And I'll check out the blogs. I could use a little writing/publishing info as I am starting to outline/write a book based on my blog. Okay, I could use a LOT of info!

  12. That is WONDERFUL news! I'm so glad you decided to write your book. When you find a home for it, let me know as I'll be first in line for a copy.

  13. I'm a new follower. You can visit me at http://mymodernguide.blogspot.com

    Beki :)

  14. Oh, I totally agree with your review! I've followed Sam since The Slight Detour as well, and it was so fun to read her book. It was amazing and I can't wait to read more from her. Plus, it's great to see someone living the dream like she is! :)

  15. Oooh that sounds good. Can we buy it in the UK do you know?