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Before and Ever Since Paperback – November 6, 2012
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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....Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
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What a wonderful story. I have read Sharla's two other novels and this one is just as wonderful. Beautifully, written; realistic characters; and a moving story. Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by alrac7
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.Published on May 29, 2013 by LAD