Life After by Katie Ganshert
Age range: adult (OK for teens) | Paperback: 352 pages | Publisher: WaterBrook (April 18, 2017)
About the Book
It could have been me.
Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.
A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.
Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.
In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.
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My Thoughts on Life After
One thing’s for sure, Katie Ganshert doesn’t write fluffy books. She fills her stories full of complex situations and fills her characters full of complex emotions. She has a knack for taking broken characters and putting them through a series of events that makes them grow and change into different people. Better people.
Autumn is a woman drowning in nothing. The only survivor of a train bombing incident, she is consumed by guilt, grief, and obsession over the twenty two other victims who lost their lives. She quit her job, broke up with her fiancé, and spends her days and nights haunting the dead — until the daughter of one of the victims shows up on her doorstep, forcing herself and her family into Autumn’s life. The girl’s father, Paul, is just as broken and conflicted as Autumn.
If you’re hoping for a steamy romance, you’d better read something else. Life After isn’t so much a romance novel as it is the emotional journey of Autumn, Paul, and Paul’s children toward healing, acceptance, and overcoming guilt. It’s about repentance, change, and finding God’s plan in the craziness we call life.
If you like stories of personal change and conquering your demons, you’ll love this book.
Content: Clean, but there are references to an affair.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program.
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