Friday, September 30, 2011

Review and Giveaway: After All is Said and Done by Belinda G. Buchanan

Nobody wakes up one morning and decides that today is the day they are going to cheat on their spouse.  When the opportunity presents itself however, it is ultimately a choice.  And that choice, whether good or bad, can have irrevocable consequences.

Ethan and Jessica Harrington are doctors who work alongside fellow doctors Gavin and Sarah Williams.  After Jessica has an affair with Gavin, their lives are thrown into turmoil as they deal with the aftermath and subsequent fallout.
For the better part of a year the four of them have been working to piece their marriages back together.  Sarah and Gavin are still reeling from a devastating miscarriage, while Jessica and Ethan are hesitantly looking forward to the birth of their first child.

Sarah’s hopes are immediately shattered when she learns how far Gavin’s infidelity has gone.  Suddenly thrown into an unwanted independence she fights to find her way.

Jessica struggles to repair her marriage to Ethan as they become parents.  But when Ethan, a borderline alcoholic, learns a dark secret, his world steadily begins to crumble.  His drinking, fueled by this discovery slowly engulfs him.  Jessica’s love for him is only matched by her fear of his temper.  With his marriage now in pieces and his sanity questionable, Ethan struggles to come to terms with his alcoholism and face his past.

Theirs is a story of the tremendous amount of love some people have for one another, regardless of the pain that is sometimes inflicted.

My Thoughts:
Well what a book this turned out to be.  When I read the blurb, I really wasn't sure how I would like it, I have been through my own marriage troubles and in the end what was best for me was to end it.  I am now very happy with the man of my dreams.  I was leary reading it would dredge up feelings I didn't want to visit again, that wasn't the case at all.  

When starting the book you look at the number of pages it is, 659 on my ereader and sometimes when a book is that long you think goodness is the book going to drag on, not the case at all with this one.  Once you start turning the pages you CANNOT put this book down, I was up until 2am so I could try to finish reading it, and when I had to put it down I was finding myself thinking about the book and what was going to happen next. It totally sucked me in and would not let go until I read the very last word, and when I read the last word, I sat in my purple chair and said "Holy Crap on a Cracker" lol I instantly went to the author's website and found out another book is coming. So I relaxed a bit knowing there's more to come, but then I realized "oh man" I gotta wait for the next one.  

The story the author has created for these 2-couple's was nothing short of amazing.  To see the twists and turns between both couple's made me chuckle at times, made my heartbreak, made me gasp as I couldn't believe that just happened, and I actually cried in a few part, I mean tears, some of sadness and some of happiness. 

I really liked Belinda's writing style, the story flowed well and the plot was clear and concise, it was really cool how just when you thought you figured out where the story was heading, Belinda threw in a twist you never saw coming.  I did find myself taking a look at my own life and say how much could I forgive.  It's a story that makes you think and it's a story you will think  about long after you have finished reading it.  I highly recommend this book to all and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Enjoy!!!!

Please be sure and leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway for After All Is Said And Done.  The winner will be selected at random after the tour is over.

It is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords

A little bit the author:
Belinda has been happily married to her husband for over 21 years now.  She has two great sons, two persnickety cats, and 1 unconditionally loving dog who thinks he’s a person. 

She is currently working on finishing her second novel, The Monster of Silver Creek, which is due out in October.  The follow up book to After All Is Said And Done will be published in 2012.

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1 comment:

  1. Hey, Nat! This isn't normally the type of book that I would pick up, but your review makes me want to read it!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com