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After All Is Said And Done: A Novel of Infidelity, Healing, & Forgiveness
 
 

After All Is Said And Done: A Novel of Infidelity, Healing, & Forgiveness [Kindle Edition]

Belinda G. Buchanan
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Nobody wakes up one morning and decides that this is the day they are going to cheat on their spouse, but when the opportunity presents itself - it ultimately becomes a choice, and that choice, whether good or bad, can have irrevocable consequences.

At thirty-four years of age Ethan Harrington is a brilliant doctor, devoted husband, father to be - and borderline alcoholic. He has spent the better part of a year trying to forgive his wife, Jessica, for her infidelity, but her betrayal with a colleague of his has left him hurt beyond words.

That hurt slowly begins to heal with the birth of his son, but it isn't long before he finds out the devastating secret that Jessica has been so desperately trying to keep from him.  Ethan's life steadily begins to crumble - and his drinking, fueled by this discovery, slowly engulfs him.

With his marriage now in pieces, and his sanity questionable, Ethan struggles to come to terms with his alcoholism and face a past that he has spent a lifetime trying to forget.





After All Is Said And Done is a novel of infidelity, healing, & forgiveness.

About the Author

ADULTERY, ALCOHOLISM, MENTAL ILLNESS - These are social issues that can take a devastating toll on families. The characters that I write about are not perfect. They are far from it, actually. Even heroes have a chink in their armor. It's what makes them human. My stories are filled with emotion, intimacy, drama, and hope. If you like these things and don't mind a few racy scenes or a sprinkling of profanity here and there, then my books are for you. I have written three novels: "After All Is Said And Done", "The Monster of Silver Creek", and the recently released "Seasons of Darkness". Late at night, you'll find me holed up in my office/closet gleefully typing away on my keyboard. It's a place where tall, dark, and handsome meets high drama - and is located just underneath the winter coats. :) I am a wife, mother, and professional hamster wrangler - and firm believer that Krazy Glue can fix anything.

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ADULTERY, ALCOHOLISM, MENTAL ILLNESS - These are social issues that can take a devastating toll on families.

The characters that I write about are not perfect. They are far from it, actually. Even heroes have a chink in their armor. It's what makes them human.

My stories are filled with emotion, intimacy, drama, and hope. If you like these things and don't mind a few racy scenes or a sprinkling of profanity here and there, then my books are for you.

I have written three novels: "After All Is Said And Done", "The Monster of Silver Creek", and the recently released "Seasons of Darkness".

If you meet me on the street and I seem to be staring through you, it's only because I'm plotting my next scene. Late at night, you'll find me holed up in my office/closet gleefully typing away on my keyboard. It's a place where tall, dark, and handsome meets high drama - and is located just underneath the winter coats. :)

Be sure and click on the video trailers to your right to get a sneak peek of what I'm talking about. ---->

I'd love to chat with you. Visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Belinda.G.Buchanan.author or my website to learn about my newest releases or giveaways: https://sites.google.com/site/belindagbuchanan

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ BOOK 26 April 2012
By Annet
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the best novel i have read in a very long time . Its a must read and i strongly recommend it . I loved every chapter and couldnot set it aside for one minute. It is the first time am reviewing any book. It is worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read from new author! 14 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
This is always a sign of a good book for me, when a few days after I've finished a novel, I'm still thinking about it. This is definitely the case with After All Is Said and Done. As a writer, Ms Buchanan does a very stealthy job of bringing the reader along for this amazing ride in the world of Ethan and his wife Jessica and Gavin and his wife Sarah. It was an interesting story with unexpected twists and turns that will keep readers engaged to see how it all turns out. Ms. Buchanan does a great job with a very complex story with a number of main characters as well as secondary ones. Readers may not always understand the significance of a particular scene until later in the story, but all scenes are relevant to the story Buchanan carefully lays out. I enjoyed "After All Is Said And Done" very much.

My reasoning for four stars had to do with the back and forth change of Point Of View which was a little confusing at first. It may be the e-book version that I had that took away the spacing between scene changes. In the end, I found it quite effective. I really had to pay attention to ensure whose POV was being expressed.

This is a great read for anyone interested in the complexity of relationships be it in a marriage or a friendship that many readers will enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read & Relax with this 24 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Two couples as much thrown together as they are torn apart by infidelity, this book drew me in from the start as I eagerly continued to discover what would happen next? Descriptive & well planned, the realism had me believing that the main characters within After All Is Said & Done were my colleagues. Men act like men as the women do what women do best in this moral wrenching take on professional life & what goes on behind closed office doors. I am happy to recommend After All Is Said & Done to all who enjoy this genre & hope that others in search of something new will give this new author a chance as I look forward to much more & a second glance.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex plot and characters ... 23 May 2011
By Grandma Aubbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was pleasantly surprised how this new author was able to take such a complex plot and still retain control of all of the characters.

This is the story of two families who have been shattered by infidelity ... Ethan and Jessica remained together because she was pregnant - while Sarah and Gavin end up splitting up - the infidelity was between Jessica and Gavin. The plot grows even more complex when Ethan's father dies, and he struggles with his own demons concerning his childhood. Of course, with Gavin working with Jessica, and Sarah working with Ethan, there are some serious interpersonal issues that are detailed.

If you are looking for a book with "intimate scenes," you know you've found it - since the first chapter opens with Gavin and Sarah having sex in his office. In fact, every time the males in the story want to confront an issue or show their love - well, they act like males and "go for it." Obviously, it doesn't always work - but hey, a guy can try, can't he?

I found the story fast-paced, perhaps a little bit too much at times. But it held together well, and the conclusion made for a good ending.

The one thing that was problematic for me was the fact that while spell-check was used, it does not catch misused words - homonyms. Peaked vs. piqued, poured vs. pored, you're vs. your, self-conscience vs. self-conscious. I tend to be a bit anal, and I tripped over these every time they happened. So, I deducted a star for that.

Otherwise, I did enjoy the book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do I have enough love left in me to forgive your indiscretion? 10 Aug 2011
By Mary J. Gramlich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sarah is married to Gavin, who has had an affair with Jessica, but she is married to Ethan, and pregnant with his child. They are all doctors sharing partnerships, friendships, and perhaps too much personal space all intertwined together. But right now everything is about to explode as Jessica goes into labor and has a son that everyone but Ethan knows is not Ethan's. The affair with Jessica and Gavin was over, spouses had taken them back, forgiveness was extended, and then all the lies come out and the one night turns into a baby.

Gavin comes clean with Sarah about the baby and their fragile relationship becomes cracked beyond repair and Sarah decides to move on without him. But Jessica and Ethan live under the guise of the baby's parentage and Jessica is getting really good at keeping secrets she should be confessing. Jessica wants them to remain a couple and if lies are needed to make that happen, so be it.

When Ethan's father passes away the pressure of his life explodes like fireworks around him. Ethan crumbles under the stress from complicated family relationships, his supposed failures and misdeeds until the only comfort he finds is in the bottle of scotch sitting by his elbow. When the bottle creates new issues and no longer provides comfort Ethan starts to see only a dark tunnel with no light. When the worst that can happen to you already has what would your next step be?

The long trip from infidelity to reconciliation is one paved with truces, promises and hope. When all those things turn into a huge deception no one is going to forgive or forget and the chance of moving on is almost impossible. Ethan, Sarah, Jessica and Gavin cause pain to one another but when you walk forward what is behind you may stay there and you can rise again from the ashes to build a new life if you are honest with everyone including yourself.

This book had me daunted before I even started reading it because it has quite a few pages to it. But once you start the number of pages turns out to not be required to give you all the information you start to crave. The plot follows a clear path, with answers to questions, which all readers enjoy. What I did not like is chapters that are usually separated were run together and at times I had difficulty figuring out what was going on. Other than that - great read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a noir story- alcoholism, infidelity, childhood trauma- but really a cracking one w/ satisfying romantic ending 25 Aug 2012
By _alters-not - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
*SOME SPOILERS*

In a nutshell, this story is about one man's triggers and downward spiral to alcoholism as well as his steep climb back to reclaim his life. The last happens only with the friendship and love in one woman's heart, which is what really matter After All Is Said And Done.

Ms. Buchanan either works in healthcare or has done impressive research. If someone is reading this, do not take that to mean that this story is in any way ugh! gray-and-dreary and therefore to be avoided. I usually sidestep health issue-related novels myself, not wanting to be inundated after a day's work of it. But I made the exception here because the author is an excellent writer as well as a storyteller. Once I started reading, I could not stop until I;ve reached the end. The characters, the storylines, the writing is t-h-a-t good & compelling. The hero 's basic goodness really shines through so that I was kept rooting for him to come out on top and kept page-flipping for that HEA he richly deserves.

There is nothing soap operatic about this story. Such a description implies that life imitates art / fiction whereas this story quite accurately portrays the low-point, rather ugly dramas that do occur in an alcoholic's life.

It really opens with the repeated cheating of two people who were each married to others. What made it more painful was the cheaters were already forgiven by their spouses the first time around yet they did it again and this time resulted in a pregnancy. If that's not bad enough, the female cheater lets her husband believe the baby is his! He is so happy. Imagine how feels when the truth comes out! At this point I'm already looking for a romantic angle and hoping this cheater's husband will end up with someone more deserving of him.

Before I can feel too sorry for him, (and yes he's the hero) the story moves on to his father's death which at first seems like it's just another event. In reality this is the last straw that breaks the hero because he, in fact, had an abusive childhood. From herein on, the hero descends into a full-blown alcoholism and all aspects of his life, slowly but surely, falls apart. Again, this might sound either depressing or simply blech. But what makes this story readable is that while Ms Buchanan acquaints us with the main points of certain tragic turns, she does not linger over it ghoulishly through TMI but instead moves along briskly. The reader is spared that dreaded blow-by-blow ugliness of detail and equally dreadful soppy sentimentality.

My heart just ached for the hero every time he's in denial about having 'just a little too much to drink' and each time he does so, he loses something / someone. Except one wonderful, wonderful human being who stands by him to the very end. YES! He does get a happy ending.

The other characters are just as fascinating though not always in a good way. There's the "other man", the unfaithful but 'very sorry' cheater wife, the other man's wife who is also the hero's clinic partner and friend, the innocent baby, the hero's troubled, mercenary sister, the abusive dad, the stand-back / hands-off / judgmental friends or colleagues and a couple of supportive ones.

The POV is mostly the hero's, his cheating wife, the other man and his wife and to a lesser extent, the other characters when they come on. This works for me, I had no problem distinguishing who's thinking what.

By the time the story got to the romance part & happy ending, I was just too glad. The hero really deserves it, so does the heroine. Theirs is not merely a first-sight-sexy-pull kind of love but one that survived tests of fire.

Because of the story's 2-year span, it might seem too long especially when one looks at the number of pages, not that I noticed. I was just too busy reading and was a little sorry when the story ended.

If asked to qualify this book, it isn't Harlequin goody, nor does it have the blitheness of chick-lit, it's certainly not erotica. More like A Novel as it ought to mean, with a strong substance and a nice vein of friendship & romance. I liked, too, that towards the end, the setting switches to the UK from Maine.

So, I rate this story a solid 5+. It's a keeper.

I'd suggest looking round for a slightly better price than is offered in this site. I bought my ebook elsewhere.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read from new author! 7 July 2011
By Katherine Owen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is always a sign of a good book for me, when a few days after I've finished a novel, I'm still thinking about it. This is definitely the case with After All Is Said And Done . As a writer, Ms Buchanan does a very stealthy job of bringing the reader along for this amazing ride in the world of Ethan and his wife Jessica and Gavin and his wife Sarah. It was an interesting story with unexpected twists and turns that will keep readers engaged to see how it all turns out. Ms. Buchanan does a great job with a very complex story with a number of main characters as well as secondary ones. Readers may not always understand the significance of a particular scene until later in the story, but all scenes are relevant to the story Buchanan carefully lays out. I enjoyed "After All Is Said And Done" very much.

My reasoning for four stars had to do with the back and forth change of Point Of View which was a little confusing at first. It may be the e-book version that I had that took away the spacing between scene changes. In the end, I found it quite effective. I really had to pay attention to ensure whose POV was being expressed.

This is a great read for anyone interested in the complexity of relationships be it in a marriage or a friendship that many readers will enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Realistic Look at Alcoholism 30 Dec 2011
By Ruth A. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Initially, I was drawn to this book because it dealt with alcoholism and unforgiveness. Both are issues that have dramatically affected our family, and the latter is affecting it now. I joined a blog tour to give away a copy of it, and the author did a guest post along with it. After reading her guest post, I knew I had to read this book. I contacted her, and she graciously sent me a copy to review. She warned me about any issues I may find with the book (I can't tell you how much I appreciate it when authors do that), but I was convinced this was a book I was supposed to read. And I am so glad I did!

The writing style, plot, and characterization in this book are absolutely exquisite. In the beginning, I struggled to keep the characters straight. (My fault, not the author's). I finally got Gavin, Jessica, Sarah, and Ethan straightened out. I'll let you read the book and figure all that out yourself.

I truly feel that this book was very realistic. Sometimes an author will write a book and water down the topics so that there is a "happy ending." Belinda Buchanan does not do do this. She handles the issues of infidelity and alcoholism in a way that is real, human, and tragic. And she shows you exactly what bitterness and unforgiveness can do to a person.

I am glad that author warned me about the "adult" portions. Yes, there was some profanity and intimate scenes. Most intimate scenes occurred between married people and did not go into great detail. Practically all profanity was used sparsely and at what most would feel were appropriate moments. I was not nearly as offended as I might have been if the profanity was rampant and incessant.

The amazing thing about the characters is that I grew to love Ethan in spite of everything. In fact, I was amazed to discover that through everything (don't want to spoil it for anyone), I still loved him and never stopped. I wanted him to make it, and there were some emotional points. In fact, as I read a good portion of these portions, I was in a classroom with a group of students, and I really forgot where I was! I was not overly aware of what was going on in the class. There were also points that just hit too close to home. I came from an emotionally abusive marriage, and some of the situations very difficult to read.

In conclusion, I so wish that those close to me who are struggling with bitterness could learn the lessons that the characters did in the book. They so need to understand that hatred and anger accomplishes nothing if you keep holding onto it. You must let it go.

I am very grateful that the author gave me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100 percent mine.
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