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Before and Ever Since (Berkley Sensation) [Kindle Edition]

Sharla Lovelace
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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In this sparkling romance from Sharla Lovelace, the bestselling author of Just One Day and The Reason is You, a woman must confront the secrets of her past when the man she once loved returns to town after twenty years. For fans of Jodi Thomas and Lori Wilde.

Ben Landry knew Emily Lockwood inside and out. From childhood friends to young lovers, they shared an unbreakable bond. But that didn’t stop Ben from leaving town without saying good-bye…

Twenty years later, Emily now has a successful career, a stubbornly independent grown daughter, an ex-husband who rarely tests her patience, and a mother who often does. But Emily also has a secret, one that she buried long ago and tried to forget.

Then Ben returns, and any sense of normalcy in her life is gone. Seeing Ben does more than bring back memories. Visions of her past begin playing before her eyes and show every choice she made in a revealing new light and a startling new angle. For Emily, seeing her life in rewind makes her realize she has hard choices to make for her future—choices that could redefine everyone else’s future as well.

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Praise for Sharla Lovelace's novels
“Sometimes I wonder if I can do a book justice by trying to describe how good it really is, and this novel is one of those indescribable-without-experiencing-it types of love stories.  The book kicks off with a great first sentence….I was immediately hooked….Light-hearted with situations so real that you can't help but laugh, while shaking your head in agreement ….BEFORE AND EVER SINCE is an outstanding contemporary story.” –Romance Junkies
“Astonishing and glorious.... I loved it…The Reason Is You is a splendid debut and all-consuming reading experience.”—USA Today
“A hauntingly beautiful story from a writer with a fresh new voice.” --Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author
“Sharla Lovelace is going on my auto-buy list. Wow! I loved this book. The Reason is You is an impressive debut novel . "–Novel Reflections
The Reason is You, Sharla Lovelace's debut novel, transported me to a small town, complete with small-town drama, a slight Southern feel, and a whole lot of love-triangle action!  It was easy to identify with Dani, our protagonist….The relationships within the story are complex and fleshed-out, enabling the reader to be in the moment with the characters.  Great debut, Ms. Lovelace!” –Twimom227
“Wow, this book was amazing…An amazing tale of romance and love in both the lands of the living and the dead and a tale of how strong family bonds can form when the going gets tough and there is no-one else to turn to.” –The Phantom Paragrapher

About the Author

Sharla Lovelace is the national bestselling author of The Reason Is You, Before and Ever Since, and the novella Just One Day. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her family, an old lady dog, and an aviary full of cockatiels. Sharla is available by Skype for book club meetings and chats, and loves connecting with her readers! 

Product Details

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425253058
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EXNO3U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ rating.... January 24, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My Review:
Sharla Lovelace has only a very few books out. Last year I read THE REASON IS YOU and absolutely adored it (in fact, it made my top 10 list for the year). I've had this book in my TBR pile since I read that first one, but had such high hopes and expectations for it, honestly, I was a bit afraid to read it. Well I am so happy to report that this book was just as good as the other. So good!!! OMG!

The book begins with the shocker for Emily that her mother has decided to sell her home and go on the road with her crazy Aunt and the big blue RV. This is the house her mother has lived in since she got married, so both girls were raised in it. It has so many memories for Emily and the house seems to be giving those memories back to her. As she helps clean it out, she begins to have a series of visions of events that happened in the house which she is able to watch play out like a movie. It's giving her a new fresh perspective on her parents, her childhood, and her relationships that played out in the house...and each vision always reveals something that she didn't know before.

Emily is 39-40. She has a grown 21 year old daughter and an ex-husband in the picture. Her ex husband was her boyfriend all through high school and they got married when she got pregnant. They have a decent relationship although he was a jerk and cheated on her constantly. The ties to their daughter have kept them at a friends level all these years. During high school, she also had her best friend, Ben, who came from a troubled home. But they knew everything about each other and would end each evening sitting out on the rooftop outside her bedroom. Twenty one years ago that ended when he slept with her a single time and then disappeared from her life never to be seen again....
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Read From This Author December 20, 2013
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Read this one in a day. Couldn't put it down. The character was easy to relate to, even if the situation was not anything I'd ever been in. The character was written in such a way, even if you wouldn't have done what she did, you sympathize and root for her.Great secondary characters round it all out and help create a sweet story about forgiveness and second chances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who hasn't kept a little secret? November 29, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Emily Lockwood thought she was out of the woods. After all her daughter is fully grown, she's finally divorced her cheating spouse, and her career is enough to allow her to keep the small but comfortable home she's spent years getting just right. But when Emily's old beau returns to town, he brings more with him than a bunch of old memories. He brings with him the potential to change Emily's entire world.

Although readers can see where author Sharla Lovelace is headed even before they turn the first page, her execution and writing style make the journey towards forgiveness worthwhile. Filled with intriguing yet real characters, Before and Ever Since is everything that makes Chick Lit great.

Emily is the perfect heroine, with just enough neurosis to keep the reader entertained without driving them crazy. Her relationships with the supporting characters, her mother, sister, daughter, ex-husband and returning beau Ben, are at times lighthearted and fun and at other times deeply genuine. This book will have you questioning some of the choices you've made in your life.

-Lanine Bradley, posted on Sacramento Book Review
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed May 29, 2013
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I saw this book while browsing at the bookstore. Checked it out and Amazon and purchased. Love this author! Have read both her books now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 8, 2013
Format:Paperback
I started Before and Ever Since with no idea what to expect - and quickly realized I had found a book that captivated me! Within the first few chapters I had laughed and cried (I am a baby ;-) but still). The characters are very entertaining and interesting as is the whole story!

Thank you, Sharla Lovelace, for a wonderful story that I thoroughly enjoyed spending my evening in!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 13, 2013
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Great service and a great book. This was written by a classmate of mine, I'm so glad to finally read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER AWESOME BOOK FROM SHARLA LOVELACE January 31, 2013
Format:Paperback
ANOTHER AWESOME BOOK FROM SHARLA LOVELACE!!!
Sharla Lovelace is a truly gifted storyteller. She manages to pull you into the story with her characters. This story and all the characters will grab you from the first page. I could not put it down!! I can't wait to read more from Sharla Lovelace in the future:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars She does it again... January 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
ANOTHER awesome book by Sharla. Emily has a secret and it is a REALLY big one. It comes out and gets dealt with and you will not want to put this book down. I love her Aunt, she makes the story funny and I enjoy her crazy antics. I actually really like all of the characters in this story.
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More About the Author

Sharla Lovelace is the Bestselling and Award Winning Author of three novels and a novella, the most recent being DON'T LET GO, with a forthcoming novel, STAY WITH ME, due in Summer 2014. Being a Texas girl through and through, she's proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, a golf cart, a crazy mutt, and an aviary full of cockatiels.

Sharla is available by Skype for book club meetings and chats, and loves connecting with her readers! See her website www.sharlalovelace.com for a complete book listing, info on upcoming events, and to sign up for her monthly newsletter.

You can follow her as @sharlalovelace on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.


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