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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
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing Story!July 11, 2017Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Life After was absolutely compelling! I loved the way the author opened up the story with the prologue. It gave the reader a peek into the events of the fateful day involving the fictional event that the story was woven around. It also provided some information that the main character of the story no longer remembered due to the trauma they experienced. It was a very interesting way to start the story.
Even though this book deals with a tragedy and some very serious subject matter, I felt very hopeful throughout the novel. The author did a great job of slowly revealing important pieces of information relevant to the characters in the book. I loved the the emotional and spiritual growth that the main characters gained by the end of the story. The one thing I would have loved to have seen in this book would have been an epilogue of perhaps a year later. But even without an epilogue, this was a fascinating novel.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding Story!July 6, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Trying to figure out God is like trying to catch a fish in the Pacific Ocean with an inch of dental floss."
Everything in Autumn Manning's life revolves around before . . . . . and after. Before she lost hours of her memory, before she broke off her engagement, before she boarded the train, before she became the only survivor. Afterwards, after waking up from a coma, she has existed, rather than lived, obsessing over the lives of those already in the hereafter, barely able to do anything but wonder "why"?
Paul Elliott's wife died in the fiery explosion that Autumn survived, but for a few fleeting moments he was given the impression that Vivian had survived, only to discover that the woman in the hospital was not his wife, but a stranger. Now, a year later, on the anniversary of the tragic event, his nearly teen daughter has found a way to grieve over her mother's death . . .by writing the only one who might listen; Autumn Manning.
Brought together by a series of what some might consider bizarre coincidences, Autumn and Paul initiate a bare acquaintance, while the answers to the questions they dare not voice, are found within the fact that "we worship a big God " . . . and he isn't cruel", for "Jesus wept".
Trixi5 Stars Out Of 5Profoundly BeautifulJune 1, 2017TrixiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This. Book. Unbelieving poignant, it'll rip your heart to shreds and put it back together in one jagged but beautiful scar. It'll rock your world, make you rethink life, treasure the preciousness of it and hug tighter those you love. A beauty for ashes story that will leave you breathless in one heartbeat and downright ugly crying in the next. Making you question everything like the characters within it's pages, reliving the horror, trying to piece the puzzle together, trying to understand the unexplainable. It'll have you clinging closer to a God who weeps with those who weep, bringing comfort when life makes no sense, and who doesn't walk away when the hard questions rage at Him. It'll absorb you in it's pages, thoroughly engaging your senses, and make you feel like the world would end if you missed one minute of this book. The one line that struck a cord with me:
"I guess that's what life is, though, isn't it? A whole bunch of little moments that don't seem significant or life-altering at the time, but when you look back..." She shook her head. "I don't know. They become the most profoundly beautiful things."
That's how I would sum this book up "profoundly beautiful"!
* I received a complimentary copy from the publisher on the authors behalf. No favorable review was required and all opinions expressed here are strictly my own. *
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent contemporary fictionMay 28, 2017kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was real.
The chaos of family get-togethers.
A parent's terror of having a missing child.
The heartache of betrayal.
The recurring nightmares.
The butterflies of a new attraction.
The joy of playing outside in the rain.
Katie Ganshert did an excellent job of crafting this novel, and especially of getting inside the heads of the main characters. As I got to know Autumn, I found out how messed up she was, yet I liked her and had compassion for her, which made the joy even greater as she was able to heal and grow throughout the course of this book.
This is a book to pick up when you really want to dig in to a good book, and I highly recommend it for men and women who enjoy contemporary fiction.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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?