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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 lives in Southeast Texas by the Neches River with her family, an old lady dog, and an aviary full of cockatiels. In a previous life, she owned an indie bookstore, was a certified scuba diver, and hunted crabs in a Honduran jungle. While the used to’s may sound more interesting, Sharla thinks this writing gig is much more fun.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425253058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425253052
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,840,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Smitten with Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 24, 2014
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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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The first book I read from Sharla Lovelace was Don't Let Go, which has been my favorite so far. Before and Ever Since is good but not up to the first one for me. Sharla's plots have similar themes of second chance romances with the Heroine's first love. What I think she does extremely well is capture a story about love, family and forgiveness. She also writes with much humor that has me laughing to myself over. The heroines are always strong, independent but slightly flawed women that you can either see as yourself or your best friend. In Before and Ever Since, Emily and Ben were friends growing up and then lovers as teenagers. Ben leaves town and Emily's life and then shows up 20 years later as a Contractor of her mothers. Emily is now divorced from a not so nice guy. I was really routing for Emily to find romance especially with Ben. The chemistry between them was good (not great). I felt the romance part of the story could have started earlier in the book and have a little more heat. I love that Sharla writes about characters that are older than in their 20's that so much of us can relate to better. There are not enough books or writers that write about people that are a little more older and maybe wiser. I definitely look forward to more books from this author.
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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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I don't cry when reading much, but did here. I was emotionally invested in all of the characters and this book had me captivated from the first word. I love it and have no critiques. I strongly recommend this book and author!!!
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You can't go wrong with Lovelace's books. This was a well written book about second chances, redemption and forgiveness. If you love books about rekindling old flames and finding lost loves, you'll love this.
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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.

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Do you ever wonder if the walls could talk, what they would say? Emily Lockwood gets a chance to see her past from a new perspective, and to see how things played out and the humanness of people involved in her life. However, she also gets to see where things went wrong, and realizes just what it could cost her to put it all right. Will she take the chance to correct the wrongs from her past, or will she continue with the status quo?

Ben Landry was Emily's one true love, but he walked away from her with no explanation years ago. Now he is back in town and helping her mother to move on with her life. Emily never counted on having to face the consequences of decisions she made when she was too young and scared, but now she realizes just what the repercussions for her choices may cost her, and she's not too sure she wants to pay that price.

Before and Ever Since is a beautifully crafted, thought provoking story that engaged me from the first few words. Emily's life was slowly revealed, and I wanted to know what her story would be from the beginning when her ex-husband, who had hurt her so much, shows ups to the hot handy man that she sees later! The prose and the point of view that Before and Ever Since is told from has the reader experiencing Emily's life as she experienced the revelations that are given to her.

Before and Ever Since showed that Emily's choices were made from the perspective of the young who is lost, heartbroken, and scared at the time that she needed so much more than she was given. Her story delves into her feelings and emotions about the choices and what she now must deal with in Before and Ever Since. It fully showed that because of these choices that she made, many other lives are affected and possibly shattered.
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