1. Life After, A Novel
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    Life After, A Novel
    Katie Ganshert
    WaterBrook / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 63 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gripping Clash Between Faith and Fear
    August 3, 2019
    Fhlady
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was very different from my usual choice of reading selections. Emotionally gripping, it dealt with life after a tragedy focusing on the families of those who died as well as, in this case, a lone survivor. Ganshert deals earnestly and effectively with the clashes between faith and fear and the resiliency that faith can give.

    Autumn is the lone survivor of a train explosion. She is obsessed with all those who died and can't move forward in life. Her biggest question is, of course "Why me?" She could very have looked at it as "Why not me?" When the pre-teen daughter of one of those who died connects with Autumn, they both begin seeking answers by deciding to interview each of the families of the victims and putting together a You-Tube video. But they soon find out that sometimes there are secrets hidden behind those doors that may need to be in the open so healing can begin.

    A wonderful read that will stay in my memories for a long time.

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing Story!
    April 22, 2019
    arkmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Autumn Manning was the only survivor of a horrific tragedy, named Tragedy on the Tracks. Her memory of events prior to the explosion are lost. She feels so much guilt-for being the only person to survive. Her life is forever changed. Her family all worries about her. She now has an ex-fiance. She questions God. How could a good good God allow this?

    Reece, a twelve year old girl whose mother lost her life that day in that tragedy, is writing letters to Autumn. As a result, Autumn meets her father, Paul and her little brother, Tate. This story had me feeling so much empathy for the family. There are also secrets there, which I will not reveal to those who have yet to read the book.

    The one year anniversary of the tragedy has just occurred, and Reece very much wants a tribute done. Autumn interviews someone from the family of each of the deceased. Their stories of their loved one is so amazing! Paul continues to put Autumn off on interviewing him about his wife. Reece is determined to talk, on camera, about her mother.

    Very well written story.

    I was given a free ecopy to read by the publisher WaterBrook Multnomah and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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".

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