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Things I Should Have Said and Done Paperback – 15 Nov 2016
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About the Author
Colette McCormick was born in Sheffield. Her first literary success came as a teenager with a prize entry in Jackie magazine. She lives in County Durham with her husband and a daft dog, and has two grown-up sons. This is her first novel.
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'It is only after death that life can be fully understood’
There is a central theme running through this book about the afterlife and what happens when we get there.
For many who have suffered a bereavement ‘things I should have said and done‘ is a book that will give light and hope in it’s pages.
After dealing with a death of a loved one many of us ask the following questions:
‘Where are they now?’
‘Is there another dimension where we will all meet again?’
‘Can we just see this person for one last time?’
Colette McCormick deals with this whole area extremely sensitively as we are introduced to Ellen.
Ellen is a daughter, a wife and a mother whose life is tragically taken when she is unexpectedly involved in a fatal accident while driving. With Naomi, her little girl, in the car with her, Ellen soon realises she is now on the outside looking down on her life and is no longer part of it. The shock of seeing her own dead body sends her in a spin but with the help of a stranger, George, Ellen soon begins to see life, and death, a little differently.
Ellen, finds herself confused, traumatised and in complete denial of her death. Naomi survives and Ellen watches from afar as Naomi struggles to deal with her mother’s death. Ellen watches her husband Marc, as his world comes crashing down and she sees her mother, who becomes so wrapped up in her own private world, she is unable to see the life still existing around her.
As Ellen must, she soon accepts her death but not by herself. She is guided through this stage of the afterlife by George. It is George’s first time in this role and between them they forge their own path through the ups and downs of this strange new world.
'things i should have said and done' is a poignant read that will touch the hearts of many. It deals with a subject many of us choose to shy away from and also a world many of us are skeptical of.
This is a book that you read with a very open mind and heart and you accept the possibility of another place, a place of hope, love and forgiveness.
Ellen finds peace within herself and I truly believe that with this book, many readers will feel a sense of warmth and comfort as they too will discover peace in their lives.
In today's society it can be hard to acknowledge and accept the possibility of an afterlife so if Colette McCormick’s book brings solace to even one person, then I think the world will be a better place.
With nods to film classics It’s a Wonderful Life and Ghost, Colette McCormick’s debut is a light fantasy romance which follows Ellen Reed coming to terms with her premature death. Caught somewhere between the living and The Other Side (Heaven, if you’re a believer in Christian theory), Ellen is accompanied by George, her novice Guide (an angel, ditto earlier) who helps her to tie up loose ends with her remaining family – her six-year-old daughter, her husband and her difficult mother – and steers her towards acceptance of her state. There are no spoilers here as we are told this almost from the outset.
If this makes it sound a little depressing, it really, really isn’t. If anything it’s the opposite: life affirming. There are moments of humour and joy as well as sadness and if you enjoy gentle family dramas then you should enjoy this. McCormick is at her strongest in the depiction of domestic detail and parenthood. Touching moments include Ellen’s laughter as she observes husband Marc struggling to wrap Christmas presents and sadness when he finally clears away her possessions and discovers the usual flim-flam hidden in women’s underwear drawers: the plastic wristbands strapped to infants in maternity units, pressed flowers and wedding invitations. McCormick has a keen eye for such detail and such observations will have many readers nodding in acknowledgement. The leads are likeable and McCormick clearly holds great affection for all her characters.
This is a gentle, warm-hearted read and it is as comforting as chicken broth on a cold afternoon.
This book was recommended to me by a female colleague and fellow avid book reader, I have to confess as a 59 year old “bloke” who has never even opened a book of this genre, I was unsure. So I gave it my first page test. What is the first page test I hear you ask, well when browsing the book shelves for my next book, and grabbed by a cover or the “blurb” on the back, I read the first page and if grabbed then that is my next read, in this case I read the first chapter and was hooked. At this point people usually say I could not put the book down, in my case its almost the case, I do still have to work for a living, so it was the everyday household chores that were ignored, fortunately its not a long book so it was only for 4 days.
As a “Grumpy old Git” I am not ashamed to say there was times when reading this book that I had to take a break to choke back the tears, but there was also moments of “Laugh Out Loud” humour or LOL as the younger readers say. The characterisations throughout are superb and book well written, I cannot rate it highly enough.
I therefore heartily recommend this book.
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Can't wait for you're next one !!
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