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After All Is Said And Done: A Novel of Infidelity, Healing, & Forgiveness Kindle Edition
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A realistic look at alcoholism ~ Ruth A. Hill
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. ~ Mary Gramlich, The Reading Reviewer
From the Author
Jessica's breath quivered as she drew it in. The man who had once walked a mile in the rain to find her lost cell phone, had surprised her with a dozen pink roses on her last birthday, and had whisked her away to a sandy beach in Mexico where he'd made love to her underneath the moonlight...now lay shackled to a hospital bed. ~ Jessica Harrington - After All Is Said And Done
There were times it seemed to Ethan as if Jessica felt that ignoring the problem was the solution. He didn't know if she was just blind to his feelings, or if she truly thought that if they carried on about their duties-everything would work itself out. ~ Ethan Harrington -- After All Is Said And Done
- ASIN : B004TXP4IW
- Publication date : March 23, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 856 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 680 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #591,978 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is one of the most painful stories But one of the most heart warming ones.
I loved it! I would have given it 5 stars, but decided on the 4 so another could give it a read.
Anymore like this and I 'll be the first in line.
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.
Though this story was much longer than most e-books I normally read, I simply couldn't stop until I finished. If I hadn't had to sleep and work, I would have read it straight through. But I still read it every chance I got. When all was said and done, I loved the story. It has some language and a few pretty steamy scenes in it, but it didn't take away from the value of the novel for me. What I loved about the story was how deep it went and how honest it was. I've never seen a more compelling portrayal of alcoholism and the damage it can do to adults.
For the most part I loved all of the characters. There were times when I didn't like some of them at all, but that's like real life. Sometimes we don't like the people we love. And sometimes we just need to know when to walk away and let someone learn the hard way that they need help.
The ending was fanstastic and I think it worked well for the story. There are people that are good for us and the relationship is healing. There are some people that are like poison to our souls. Ethan's insight about the healing power of forgiveness toward the end was enough to move a reader to tears. I was so glad when he found peace and joy in life again.
Some picky little things that drove me nuts were the excessive use of exclamation marks. Any seasoned writer knows that they are not needed most of the time and should be rarely used. If it hadn't been for all of those marks in the story I would not have believed this was the author's first novel. It was very well-written and other that, had few flaws.
This story engaged not only my head, but my heart. I was afraid - more like terrified - at times as well as extremely sad about situations that occurred. There were no easy answers, but the author had the characters acting in ways that made sense and fit their situations given their lives and what they knew.
More than that, I felt like I knew these people kind of like I knew characters in a soap opera I used to watch many years ago. I often held my breath as they did crazy things that fit the drama of the day and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. And though the author did not have a pure point of view (in other words there was some head-hopping) she actually did this very well. It's not easy to have multiple viewpoints in a scene and do it well.
I am sad that this story ended, but was excited that a prequel is coming out in 2012. I'm definitely getting it as I want to know how it all began and I know for sure it will be told well. Hopefully it won't have a thousand question marks in the story, but even if it does, I'm sure I'll enjoy it.