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Saturday, September 24, 2011

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

Publisher: CreateSpace 
ISBN: 1461015995
Pages:660 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary  
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:

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 ultimately becomes 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.

This is a story about healing and forgiveness. Although it doesn't happen in the way you would expect.

My Review: 

I love romance novels with cheating or mistresses. It stems from my reading of bodice rippers when I was very young where the hero almost always had a mistress or two tucked away somewhere. I don’t think I have ever read (or wanted to read) a modern version of that. But this one just sounded so intriguing that I could not help myself.

Gavin and Sara are married and Ethan and Jessica are married. They are all doctors who work in the same practice. Gavin and Jessica have a little escapade. It causes a domino effect of bad happenings—starting with the parentage of Jessica’s child. I was very frustrated throughout my time reading this book. Jessica and Gavin’s actions were inexcusable. I know I said that I like reading romances with cheating but, somehow, in a modern setting it’s more real and less fantastical.

This one was difficult to read at times. I wanted Sara and Ethan to be angrier and more…I don’t know…vengeful and strong. This book made me feel a bit claustrophobic. There was no escape for the characters and as a reader, you feel it as well. The characters have to work and live together in spite of their personal drama and entanglements. Their lives were ceaselessly intertwined. This book had me in tears at times. I don’t normally cry or tear up while reading so this was abnormally heart wrenching.

I really loved this book. It was over 600 pages and I read it on my e-reader (yes the Evil Sony) and it didn’t feel long at all.


*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.


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