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After All Is Said and Done - A Novel of Infidelity, Healing, & Forgiveness

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What would you do if you found out the son you loved wasn't yours? Ethan Harrington's world has just been shattered...

Nobody wakes up one morning and decides that today 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.

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Kindle Edition, 652 pages
Published March 25th 2011
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Mary Gramlich
AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE by Belinda G. Buchanan
04/11- CreateSpace, Paperback, 656 pages

Do I have enough love left in me to forgive your indiscretion?

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
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Michelle
It's rare that all I want to do is read a book. This story drew me in because it was so powerful at its core. I am not even sure how I stumbled upon it. I think I was on a page for one book that said at the bottom "people who bought this book also purchased..." so I clicked on it and read the description and decided to go for it.

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 str
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Belinda Buchanan
Jun 22, 2011 Belinda Buchanan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: women-s-fiction
AUTHOR'S REVIEW

I wanted to write a story about what would happen if two couples who worked together had an affair, resulting in a pregnancy. So many times, we see the immediate results of infidelity, but not the long term effects.
I wanted to follow these four individuals for two years in their lives to show the devastating ramifications of adultery. I find that writing about characters with emotional flaws makes them real and brings about a certain vulnerability to them.
This ultimately is a book
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Belinda Buchanan
May 08, 2012 Belinda Buchanan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
AUTHOR'S REVIEW

I wanted to write a story about what would happen if two couples who worked together had an affair, resulting in a pregnancy. So many times, we see the immediate results of infidelity, but not the long term effects.
I wanted to follow these four individuals for two years in their lives to show the devastating ramifications of adultery. I find that writing about characters with emotional flaws makes them real and brings about a certain vulnerability to them.
This ultimately is a book
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Claire Carey
I enjoyed this book for its various elements. I havebeen in the posituon of being cheated on and lied to about it so can relate entirely with it. How it was dealt with was brilliant. Not just by the author but by the characters in the book.
Jo Royston
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 Sai ...more
Tera Edison
Beautifully written, it touched me. Its one of those rare books that stays with you for months.
Kathy Petosky
I really liked this book~ I couldn't put it down!! Finished it in 3 days.
Nancy
Two couples who seem to have it all. Two sets of physicians who, unfortunately, can’t seem to heal themselves. One tiny baby in the midst of chaos he couldn’t even begin to understand. Five lives torn apart.
In After All is Said and Done, Belinda Buchanan touches on many topics. Fidelity is one and there was a serious lack of that prior to the beginning of this tale. Honesty? Out the window. Secrets? Went with honesty.
Jessica Harrington had an affair with her husband’s clinic partner’s hubby. The
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Natalie
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
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Ruth Hill
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 i ...more
Katherine Owen
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 gre ...more
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I love reading first novel of new authors. I always feel I may be reading something that could possibly be something great and change the way we look at the world. After All is Said and Done is an excellent first novel with all the qualities I enjoy. Strong characters that really know who they are; that interact with their friends in a way that is interesting and keep you guessing.

This novel opens up with two couples that are on the verge on makin
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Collette Scott
After All is Said and Done is a powerful story, gripping and unputdownable right from the start. From the opening scene, you are caught up in the drama and the lives of these four characters, watching their joy, pain, anger and depression as though you are viewing it firsthand. It’s a fast paced novel, with short bursts of scenes, some only a couple of pages long. It helps to keep the novel moving forward, so you do not even realize how long it is. Even with these brief scenes, you become enthra ...more
D.A. Cairns
After All Is Said and Done is a hard hitting portrayal of alcoholism and the heartbreaking consequences of infidelity. A tale of four lives inextricably intertwined. My feelings for the main man, Ethan, changed as I followed his long battle against his demons. There were some nice twists and some beautifully crafted scenes. On the downside, I felt it was too long, and could have benefitted from some serious streamlining. I grew impatient in places reading through unnecessary scenes. AAISAD faile ...more
Heidi
Great story, very emotional and sad. Your perception of each character changes during the book and you learn so much about them with each chapter. It makes you ask the question "what would you do?" when we see each character face the fall out of an affair.

It took some time to adjust to the constant change in scenes/characters and sometimes it felt very abrupt but not enough to not enjoy the book or not want to finish it.

A real rollercoaster of feelings and a great ending. Well worth a read.
Freya
I liked the story-line of the book and the concept. The book was written well too but it was just sooo long. I just wish it had been shorter and hadn't tried my patience so much.

Over all a good read if you have the patience.
Julie Post
Deep story but tended to drag in parts. I wanted to finish the story but it wasn't hard to put down.
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Adultery, alcoholism, & mental illness are very real, but sometimes overlooked, social issues that I like to write about.

Why, you ask?

Because drama is raw, drama is pure-and drama evokes emotion like no other. And when you combine it with tall, dark, & handsome-it's positively electrifying. Giving my characters these afflictions is what makes them human, warts and all. Even heroes have a
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