Before Ever After was sent to me via a book swap with Ashlee over at A Step in the Right Direction. I was so excited to participate in that swap...and I'm so glad I did because this was an awesome book! I really liked it! I had a little trouble getting into it, but once I got past the first couple of chapters...I was totally hooked!! I could not put it down!
The story is told mostly from Shelly's point of view. Her husband, Max, was tragically killed around their 5th wedding anniversary. Max's grandson finds Shelly a few months after his passing to alert her to some interesting information about Max. This news finds Shelly reminiscing about the very beginning of her courtship with Max which happens to have occurred on one of Max's famous off the beaten path tours. The stories Shelly recounts from cities all over Europe are fantastic and really draw you into the book. It was especially fun to read for a travel fanatic and history buff like myself. I loved reading the stories about ancient times in each city. And of course, the love story was wonderful as well.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys romance, history, and/or mystery. It has a little bit of all three mixed in there. It's also a very quick read! Let me know your thoughts if you have a chance to check it out!