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Ellen Never Knew What Hit Her.But When A Drunk Driver Runs A Red Light Her Life Is Over In An Instant Her Small Daughter Survives And Ellen, Hovering In The Borderland Between Life And The Afterlife, Can Only Watch As Her Loved Ones Try To Pick Up The Pieces Without Her Her Husband Marc, Struggling With Being A Single Parent Naomi, Her Little Girl, Blaming Her Mother For Leaving Her And Ellen S Mother, Full Of Guilt, Slowly Falling Apart.Ellen Isn T Ready To Let Go She Doesn T Want To Say Goodbye She Is Confused, Angry And Hurting For Her Family And Herself And That S Where George Comes In He Is Her Guide Through Her Confusion As She Witnesses The Devastation Among The Living.With George At Her Side Ellen Learns That Even Though She Is Dead She Is Not Helpless There Are Things That She Can Do From Beyond The Grave To Influence What Happens In The World She Left Behind But George Is New To His Job , And Has Issues Of His Own A Working Arrangement Starts To Become Something Neither Of Them Expects.It Is Only After Death That Life Can Be Fully Understood.


10 thoughts on “Things I Should Have Said and Done

  1. Shirley Revill Shirley Revill says:

    I loved every second I spent reading this book and I never wanted the story to end.A life that ended in a second and a family split from grief.Everything can change in a heartbeat but love prevails from the other side.Highly recommended.


  2. Laura Wilkinson Laura Wilkinson says:

    I was sent a copy of the novel by the author in return for an honest review.With nods to film classics It s a Wonderful Life and Ghost, Colette McCormick s debut is a light fantasy romance which follows Ellen Reed coming to terms with her premature death Caught somewhere between the living and The Other Side Heaven, if you re a believer in Christian theory , Ellen is accompanied by George, her novice Guide an angel, ditto earlier who helps her to tie up loose ends with her remaining family her six year old daughter, her husband and her difficult mother and steers her towards acceptance of her state There are no spoilers here as we are told this almost from the outset.If this makes it sound a little depressing, it really, really isn t If anything it s the opposite life affirming There are moments of humour and joy as well as sadness and if you enjoy gentle family dramas then you should enjoy this McCormick is at her strongest in the depiction of domestic detail and parenthood Touching moments include Ellen s laughter as she observes husband Marc struggling to wrap Christmas presents and sadness when he finally clears away her possessions and discovers the usual flim flam hidden in women s underwear drawers the plastic wristbands strapped to infants in maternity units, pressed flowers and wedding invitations McCormick has a keen eye ...


  3. Alan Alan says:

    Totally different to what I usually read and very enjoyable A book that will remain on my library case for a while to come So pleased to have won it recently in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.


  4. Iona Iona says:

    What happens after you die This book gives you an idea There is than just death I enjoyed the story and it is always nice to believe the suggestion of another existence after we die.


  5. Araminta Araminta says:

    A drunk driver kills Ellen, leaving her young daughter without a mother The story is told from Ellen s POV as she lingers in the afterlife watching over her family trying to rebuild themselves to an okay state.


  6. Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com) Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com) says:

    Review 3.5 4 It is only after death that life can be fully understood There is a central theme running through this book about the afterlife and what happens when we get there.For many who have suffered a bereavement things I should have said and done is a book that will give light and hope in it s pages.After dealing with a death of a loved one many of us ask the following questions Where are they now Is there another dimension where we will all meet again Can we just see this person for one last time Colette McCormick deals with this whole area extremely sensitively as we are introduced to Ellen.Ellen is a daughter, a wife and a mother whose life is tragically taken when she is unexpectedly involved in a fatal accident while driving With Naomi, her little girl, in the car with her, Ellen soon realises she is now on the outside looking down on her life and is no longer part of it The shock of seeing her own dead body sends her in a spin but with the help of a stranger, George, Ellen soon begins to see life, and death, a little differently.Ellen, finds herself confused, traumatised and in complete denial of...


  7. Paulette Paulette says:

    I d only ever read one other paranormal romance when I started this and was intrigued as to whether I d like this one too. I did The two I ve read since I haven t enjoyed very much at all so it stands this one up high in my estimation.The characters are well written and I was drawn into the story straight away I couldn t stop reading I loved Ellen s determination and George s caring comfort just because it s your job to be caring, s...


  8. Catrin Collier Catrin Collier says:

    Love, Life, death but most of all hope I simply can t recommend this book highly enough Tragic, comic and uplifting by turns, full of mesmerising characters so realistic everyone will be able to identify with them, from the sweet innocent child, to the controlling occasionally deliberately spiteful mother, the grieving broken husband And then the final masterly touch George the inept ap...