‘Death isn’t always the end’
My review today is of a special book that deals with the ‘What if?’ of the afterlife.
things I should have said and done is a novel by Colette McCormick and was published by Accent Press in November 2016.
I was honoured to have Colette join me previously with a guest post entitled ‘No Regrets’ which you can read HERE
I received my copy of things I should have said and done from the author and this is my unbiased and honest review…
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. And that’s where her guide George comes in.
George leads her through her confusion, showing her that even though she is dead she is not helpless. 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’
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 her death. Naomi survives and Ellen watches from afar as Naomi struggles to deal with her mother’s death. Ellen watches her husband Marc, as his world comes crashing down and she sees her mother, who becomes so wrapped up in her own private world, she is unable to see the life still existing around her.
As Ellen must, she soon accepts her death but not by herself. She is guided through this stage of the afterlife by George. It is George’s first time in this role and between them they forge their own path through the ups and downs of this strange new world.
things i should have said and done is a poignant read that will touch the hearts of many. It deals with a subject many of us choose to shy away from and also a world many of us are skeptical of.
This is a book that you read with a very open mind and heart and you accept the possibility of another place, a place of hope, love and forgiveness.
Ellen finds peace within herself and I truly believe that with this book, many readers will feel a sense of warmth and comfort as they too will discover peace in their lives.
In todays society it can be hard to acknowledge and accept the possibility of an afterlife so if Colette McCormick’s book brings solace to even one person, then I think the world will be a better place.
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Who is Colette McCormick?
‘I am a writer who signed her first book deal with Accent Press in 2015 but I am also a retail manager for one of the country’s leading charities.
Originally from Yorkshire, County Durham has been my home for over 30 years’
You can find out more about Colette at Colette McCormick Website
Follow on Twitter @colettemcauthor