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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
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?
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!