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In a world where bombings are more prevalent than ever, Kate Ganshert writes a novel about a woman who boards a passenger train and seconds later a bomb explodes. One year goes by and she still can’t recall that horrific day. She feels grief and guilt because she is the only survivor. Unable to put it to rest, she contacts the families of the victims. Paul Elliot lost his wife and the mother of his children. His daughter Reece reaches out to Autumn for that one last link to her mother. Paul wants to keep the information from Reece so she can heal. Will Autumn finally remember what happened that day?
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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 citys transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.
A year later, Autumn Manning cant remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by griefby 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 shell bring more wreckage in her wake.
In Life After, Katie Gansherts 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.
Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Another emotionally gripping page-turner from Katie Ganshert, a novelist who consistently writes with honesty and insight. Life After plumbs the depths of all that gives our existence meaning. Well done."
Susan Meissner, award-winning author of Secrets of a Charmed Life
"Katie Ganshert is a skilled writer who wrestles earnestly with the clashing forces of faith and fear. Life After will hook you on the first page."
Lisa Wingate, national best-selling author of Before We Were Yours
"Katie Ganshert has made her mark by writing compelling stories about resiliency and faith. In her latest, she draws us through the aftermath of trauma, examining the souls miraculous ability to not just survive but to thriveeven in the wake of tremendous suffering. The result is an emotional journey that prompts us to question the greater purpose behind every moment we are given."
Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Feathered Bone
"Life After grabbed me instantly with its brilliant prose, then immersed me in its pages with a story that went straight to my heart and refused to let go. Not that I wanted it to. Katie Ganshert has crafted a tale you will remember months after you finish. Highly recommended."
James L. Rubart, best-selling author of The Five Times I Met Myself
"Ganshert emerges as a proven, skilled storyteller in Life After. This high-concept, intriguing story will have you pondering the characters long after you finish the last page. From start to finish, you wont want to put it down."
Rachel Hauck, New York Times best-selling author
"Katie Ganshert is one of my favorites! Her novels are rich in authentic characters, beautiful prose, and emotional plot lines. Shes a tremendously gifted storyteller."
Becky Wade, Carol Awardwinning author of Undeniably Yours
Laura Shuck5 Stars Out Of 5From devastation & tragedy, to healing & hopeMay 15, 2017Laura ShuckQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This novel was stunning in its depth and exploration of survivor's guilt.
From devastation and tragedy to healing and hope, Katie Ganshert penned a novel that is sure to stick with me for a long time to come.
And ensure that I will be reading everything she's written, past and future!
A thought-provoking story of a life that is stolen too soon and Autumn Manning's "life after" the tragedy.
How can she live life when everyone else on the train died in a senseless act of violence?
Heidi MainCary, NCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best novels I've ever read!May 12, 2017Heidi MainCary, NCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh. My. Goodness. Life After was one of the best novels I have ever read. It grabbed me from the very first sentence. Katie Ganshert starts with an amazingly deep premise that she fully explores, and follows through with deep character development and a page turning plot that never lets up.
I cared deeply for Autumn and Paul and Tate and Reese ~ I wanted to find out what happened in their lives. I enjoyed how the mystery around the life of Paul Elliott's marriage/dead-wife unfolded. And how the author gradually pieced together the hours and days that survivor Autumn Manning could not remember. But the neat thing was that when those mysteries were resolved, the book wrapped up quite nicely, with the reader still wondering "what if" about so many little things in life in general.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Indescribably GoodMay 11, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've been wrestling with how to review this book all week. It defies description. Stunning. Moving. Enthralling. Insert every glowing adjective you can think of and Life After is all of them -- and so much more.
This novel had a profound impact on me. The author led me to view a certain scripture in a new light. Simple but powerful words convicted me to a new depth of understanding. And shortly after finishing this book I was able to share that new conviction with a friend who was really struggling. It affected -- and blessed -- her the same way it had me!
So now you want to know what that scripture is, right? Well, I'm not going to tell you, because it is so wrapped up in the story that I don't want to spoil it for you. This is a novel that you really need to discover for yourself -- one delectable page at a time. It's the kind of book you should dive into without knowing what to expect just so you can experience the wonder of it.
It's heartbreaking and hopeful and ultimately triumphant. If you only take one book recommendation from me this year, make it this one!
ReginaF3 Stars Out Of 5Hope after TragedyMay 10, 2017ReginaFQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Life After by Katie Ganshert
Shortly after reading this story, my husband and I drove through Chicago as we were enroute to Virginia (never do it during rush hour!). I envisioned Autumn and the other characters in this story as they lived in this very city. And when I actually saw one of the El Trains, I vividly pictured what happened to the victims in Life After. So, this story actually came to life for me as I traveled through Chicago. We wanted to do some sightseeing but rush-hour nixed that right away!
This story was emotional and gripping.
Autumn had a lot of emotional wounds from the train explosion who wouldnt after being the lone survivor? Finally, Autumn takes steps in order to heal.
Paul and his two children are victims from the explosion. Why? Because they lost a mother and wife that day. Tate is the youngest and he doesnt seem like he doesnt totally understand what really happened to his mother. Paul and Reese on the hand have the issues. Reese reaches out to Autumn. Through this, Paul and Autumn meet. As the months linger, Paul and Autumn find healing and something more within themselves.
The reason I gave this story three stars, was because I didnt approve of some of the things that were mentioned in the book. For example, Harry Potter. I do not approve of it and I see it as witchcraft, no matter what. It has no place in any Christian book. There were also other things I did not approve of that affected my rating. I honestly did not want to continue reading the book, but out of respect to the author and publisher, I kept my commitment to finish the book.
I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Stephie4 Stars Out Of 5Great book!May 5, 2017StephieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I give this book 4 stars! This is the first book I have read by Katie Ganshert. I really enjoyed this book. The book captured my attention from the first pages. I could not put this book down. I highly recommend this book.
The main character Autumn is the only survivor in a horrific train bombing. She struggles with why she was the only survivor and why so many others had to die. Autumn is such a realistic character. This book will hold a special place in your heart and will stay with you long after you finish the book.
*I received an advanced reader's copy of this book. No positive review was required. My opinion is my own.