After All Is Said And Done: A Novel of Infidelity, Healing, & Forgiveness

ABOUT Belinda G. Buchanan

Belinda G. Buchanan
ADULTERY, ALCOHOLISM, MENTAL ILLNESS - These are social issues that can take a devastating toll on families.


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. 

At thirty-four years of age, Ethan is a brilliant doctor, devoted husband, father to be - and borderline alcoholic. He has spent the better part of a year trying to forgive his wife, Jessica, for her infidelity, but her betrayal with a colleague of his has left him hurt beyond words. 

That hurt slowly begins to heal with the birth of his son, but it isn't long before he finds out what Jessica has been desperately trying to keep from him.  Ethan's life steadily begins to crumble - and his drinking, fueled by this discovery, slowly engulfs him. 

With his marriage now in pieces and his sanity questionable, Ethan struggles to come to terms with his alcoholism and face a past that he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. 

After All Is Said And Done is a powerful and gripping novel about infidelity, healing & forgiveness.


I wanted to write a story about the ramifications of adultery. Most times, we see the immediate results of infidelity, but not the long term effects.

Nancy Eriksen's review 
Jun 04, 11
4 of 5 stars
Read from May 30 to June 04, 2011


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. They have moved past that with the soon to appear baby Jess is expecting. Ethan, Jess’ husband is content in his free clinic work and Sarah Williams, his clinic partner has forgiven her husband, Gavin as well. Until something happens that changes all their lives forever – the baby. Ryan comes a tad early but is fine. The adults aren’t so lucky. 
Ryan is Gavin’s son. A one-night stand long after the affair supposedly ended. Everyone wants him but Ethan most of all. His own childhood was not pleasant and he has longed for a child ever since he first saw Jessica. The betrayal changes him in ways no one expects. 
This is a long book. I stayed up all night because I just had to see the end. The characters are very well thought out and the writing is superb. The ending is a total surprise and I closed the last page feeling that, finally, all was well. Enjoy!