BEFORE AND EVER SINCE
The use of flashbacks in a novel can sometimes be disconcerting; however, Lovelace does a great job of bridging the past with the present. The characters are smart, funny and well rounded. It is refreshing to see a female character, with obvious vulnerabilities, exhibit such strength in situations that would make other women cringe.
Emily Lockwood’s past has finally come back to haunt her when her ex-boyfriend, Ben Landry, comes back to town. Aside from the flutter in her stomach that she gets whenever he enters the room, Emily is also afraid that a secret she has held onto for almost 20 years will be revealed. To add to her family drama, her mother has decided to sell the house that she grew up in. While in the house, Emily experiences frequent flashbacks of herself and her parents when they first moved in. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Nov., 336 pp., $15.00)