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Before Ever After

Posted by on January 27, 2012

“Chickens rule!”

That’s what internationally-published Filipina author Samantha Sotto scribbled on my copy of Before Ever After, her first novel, when I sought her autograph in December last year. As I have not read her novel then, her inscription left me intrigued. The book is actually my brother-in-law’s Christmas gift to me, per my request. I decided that it would make a nice first book to read in 2012 even if I had no idea what it’s about. Based on the title, one can safely surmise that it’s a romance novel. Or is it?

Tour operator Max Gallus takes the readers on an off-the-beaten-path journey to key cities in Europe and through centuries.  He’s quite a mysterious character, not only because of his obsession with chickens and eggs, but also because of his long-kept secret. I don’t want to give too much away, but going back to the question: Is the novel a love story? I believe, in large part, it is. But romance is not the central theme of the book. It also revolves around the mind-boggling subject of immortality. With so many different stories within a story, the novel can be taken as part-romance, part-historical fiction and part-travelogue. After all, the author is a well-traveled mother of two who, I presume, is living her own fairy-tale life.  Samantha Sotto is about my age but she’s pretty, smart, eloquent, fabulously fit (she goes to the gym regularly) and has the gift of imagination. I admire anyone with a colorful imagination because that’s something that I lack.

On a scale of 1 to 5 — with 5 being the highest — I give Before Ever After a rating of 3. It’s a worthwhile read and it made me real proud that a Filipina housewife has written the book, which is now her ticket to immortality.

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7 Responses to Before Ever After

  1. Gizelle

    Amazing no? Earlier, my son was like “mom, why aren’t you writing a book? You anyway always write lots of stuff.” lol. I wish I had her imagination too (and your English skills) although a children’s story may be doable since I have 3 kids to help me with.

    I haven’t read the book but know the gist as a friend has told me lol, spoiler. Perhaps soon I’ll read this…

  2. Joy

    yes, gizelle, you should be writing a book! a bilingual children’s book: in english and german. how about that? 😉

  3. aimee

    tagal ko na gusto ma read yung book na yan…may be one of these days mabibili at mababasa ko narin yan hehe

  4. Joy

    i’ll just lend you the book if you like, aimee. 🙂

    • aimee

      Really joy? That would be great! 🙂 Hope magkita tayo soon 🙂 Thanks 🙂

  5. AC

    Hmmmm… sounds like a good read. I’ll check if I can get a copy online. 🙂

  6. aimee

    Hi Joy!
    I just finished reading the book last night.
    The story was the least I expected it to be..medyo may pagka-tragic pala hehe
    Anyways, I enjoyed the journey, thank you for lending it to me 🙂
    Hope to see you soon para maibalik ko na sayo ung book hehe

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