1. Life After, A Novel
    Life After, A Novel
    Katie Ganshert
    WaterBrook / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 61 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    AMAZING Emotional Read!
    June 13, 2018
    BeccaRae
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I cried. I had to get up and walk around a few times because my eyes were too watery and I couldn't see the page. Admittedly I can be an emotional person in general when I read, but this one was tough for me. My heart broke for the characters. Katie Ganshert painted such a realistic picture that I felt like I was a real part of it. I can't imagine losing my spouse/sibling/parent because of a bomb. I also can't imagine what I would feel like if I was on the train and the sole survivor. The survivor's guilt that Autumn struggled with throughout the story was very raw and heartrending. It crippled her from being able to live the life she once led.

    I really liked how the author developed the relationship between Autumn and the Elliott family. She started out wanting to help a 12-year-old girl (Reese) mourning the death of her mother but ended up touching the lives of the whole little family. I won't share too much detail to prevent spoiling, but I will say that it was "the little things" that slowly help the family (and Autumn) to heal, and some of those "little things" are exactly what brought tears to my eyes!

    One thing that added to the emotion was the filming of the tribute to honor those who perished in the explosion. Autumn wasn't only struggling with survivor's guilt, but the guilt that she doesn't remember what happened on that day or remember everyone on the train with her. She wants them to be remembered. It's with pushing from both Reese and one of her sisters that Autumn sets out to make the tribute happen. The memories shared by the family members made it all seem so real. My particular favorite story was Lazarus as shared by his wife. They had been married for 65 years and shared many loving memories together.

    I am not afraid to cry while reading a book. To me, a good book is one that can make me feel something. Whether I am laughing, crying, gasping in shock, whatever it may be, it's more than just words on a page. This story will make you smile and probably cause tears, but it will certainly grip you emotionally. I can't recommend it enough! It's definitely being added to my favorites pile!

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book in hopes of an honest review. I was not obligated to give a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed were mine alone.
  2. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing Story!
    July 11, 2017
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Life 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.
  3. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding Story!
    July 6, 2017
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets 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".

  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Profoundly Beautiful
    June 1, 2017
    Trixi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This. 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. *
  5. Front Royal, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent contemporary fiction
    May 28, 2017
    kathae
    Front Royal, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It 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.
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