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Three women must navigate through the challenges of a school district that loses its accreditation.
Cammille Gray is the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairperson with excellent fundraising skills.
Jen Covington has a lifetime career as a nurse that includes a long journey in the adoption of her child.
Anaya Jones is the first college graduate in her family and a new teacher at a top elementary school in the Crystal Ridge Community.
Now the affluent Crystal Ridge community must open its school doors and these women come face to face with our American society and the ways it labels and categorizes people. 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601429045
ISBN-13: 9781601429049

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Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district--and in their lives.

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray--the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser--faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones--the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she's stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as "this" or "that", when such complexity exists in each person?

Author Bio

KATIE GANSHERT is the author of seven novels and several works of short fiction. She has won both the Christy and Carol Awards for her writing and awarded the RT Reviews Reviewers Choice for her novel, The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie makes her home in eastern Iowa with her family.

Editorial Reviews

"Humble. Powerful. Awakening. No One Ever Asked unapologetically invites its reader into a journey of historical significance and soul discovery. A trek which, once taken, you won’t come back from."
—Mary Weber, author of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

"Emotionally resonant and brimming with hope, No One Ever Asked is an intimate portrayal of a community in chaos. As Katie Ganshert employs alternating perspectives and vastly different viewpoints, she dives deep into fraught themes of race, adoption, social justice, infidelity, friendship, and more. This gripping story is written with sensitivity and grace, and it will stay with readers long after the final page is turned. A heart-changing, transformative work!"
—Nicole Baart, author of Little Broken Things

"No One Ever Asked is that rare breed of story that lingers in your heart and mind long after the final page is turned. Gut wrenching and achingly authentic, this story lays bare the profound intricacies of racial tension. Katie Ganshert is a gifted wordsmith with an uncanny ability to elicit the emotions her characters are experiencing in the reader. This evocative and incisive human drama will not leave you unmoved—a cautionary tale infused with hope. With a handful of stellar novels already to her credit, Ganshert has raised the bar once again. No One Ever Asked has my highest recommendation."
—Rel Mollet, relzreviewz.com

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  1. Just Commonly
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful and compelling!
    April 24, 2018
    Just Commonly
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    "Be the change where you're at."

    It's hard to write a review for No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert. I went back and reread a few key moments in order to settle my heart on what I thought. Out right, I can tell you, Katie Ganshert is an amazing writer. Her words dig deep, and penetrates through to our hearts, no matter the subject. She did so without asking, and as is with No One Ever Asked, it's a strong emotion, or rather a series of emotions. There's a lot on our minds when one concludes this story.

    You see, No One Ever Asked may be a story, but the relevance of the underlying messages of disparity, of facing the hard of many areas to this day, and of fear on so many levels, are more apparent than one thinks. The author is not afraid to tackle some very tough topics including race, adoption, marriage, harassment in more ways than just sexual, but it's the way it's interwoven through our characters' lives, presenting readers a work of fiction that challenges us, but also encourages us to do right. And by doing right, it's however the reader reads into it. There's profound insight, allowing us to ask the right and appropriate questions, and that's personal and awakening at times. So yes, No One Ever Asked makes for one compelling read, but possibly more so for the effect it will have on the reader.

    This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

    Please double check with release copy when sharing book quotes from this review, as it was taken from an uncorrected proof copy.
  2. GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    We Just Don't Think
    April 20, 2018
    GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you were asked if you are a racist or if you are prejudiced toward people of a different skin color, what would you say? I would venture a guess that most people would strongly declare that they love all people and would deny any prejudice toward others. I once had a professor who would declare he was not prejudiced but clearly demonstrated a prejudice toward others that he considered to be prejudiced. I suppose that may sound like a convoluted statement but the point is we often have preconceived ideas about people of other people groups that we have never thoroughly examined. In this well-written story by Katie Ganshert that was inspired by true events, the author causes the readers to study their own lives through the eyes of the characters in the book. If you are a Christian who attends church on a regular basis, take a look around the sanctuary where you worship on Sunday morning and ask yourself if people of other races are welcomed with open arms to your worship services and other activities. Do you welcome them? Now move outside the church and look at your community, particularly the schools which are a focal point of this story. Examples of racism are prevalent throughout the book. As you read and take a look around, how many of these have you seen acted out just recently? More to the point, how many of the attitudes have you harbored in your own heart and mind? Just in the last few days I read that the devil does not try to tempt us to commit big ugly sins but rather he tempts us with small things that we hardly even stop to question. But the catch is that they keep building up to bigger things over time if we fail to put a stop to them. Racist attitudes are much like that. We fail to even recognize them as sin when they first assail us because we have seen other good Christians do and say them without considering the impact on others. Take a closer look and truly analyze your attitudes. I believe this is a story that can help bring positive change if enough people read it and grasp the message the author is conveying. I encourage you to take that step.
  3. Britney Adams
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    No One Ever Asked
    April 16, 2018
    Britney Adams
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    No One Ever Asked is a thought-provoking novel! Ganshert writes about true events and does so with empathy and emotion. Each of the women in the story shares their own point of view as they struggle with challenges in their home and in their community. No One Ever Asked explores human complexities in a way that is real and relevant, and the drama that unfolds is heartfelt and impactful.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
  4. Mel A
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A difficult story of freedom, forgiveness, and fear.
    April 9, 2018
    Mel A
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    No One Ever Asked is a deep, thought-provoking story. It was definitely not an easy read and had me questioning my own beliefs as I traversed each page. I'm finding that a story like this is a difficult one to review, so I will just say that I enjoyed the book. It's well written, well researched, well thought out. The only negative I have is that I wish more of the characters had dealt with their racist feelings/actions. That being said, I very much appreciate Katie Ganshert's willingness to dive into such a hot, difficult topic and handle it with much grace!
  5. BethErin
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is a must-read for everyone!
    April 7, 2018
    BethErin
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Community. Compassion. Empathy. Love. This world needs more yet can these things truly be achieved without understanding (or at the very least, a desire to understand)? I think not.

    No One Ever Askedglows with rich, multi-layered authenticity and diversity.I found myself relating to each of the three main characters in at least a small way yet also learning from each struggle, situation, and background.

    We don't understand one another's struggles because we don't ask. We assume. We label. We circle the wagons when we should be opening doors and tearing down walls, ceilings, and stereotypes. I highly recommend this story to everyone!

    I received acomplimentary copy of this book fromthe publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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