No One Ever Asked
No One Ever Asked   -     By: Katie Ganshert
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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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Publisher's Description

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. Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wow
    February 24, 2018
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a wow book. This is a hard subject to write about and to read about. People are all different yet we are all the same. This tackles a hard subject that is very current. How would we react when someone tells us that our schools have to change. This was well done in this story. Each of these characters really comes to life. I loved them at Romes and wanted to slap them at times. Camille, Jen and Anaya each have their own troubles and then they are thrown together. I did not want to put this book down. I received a copy of this book from bloggingforbooks for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
  2. EmP2416
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book will keep you up at night! :)
    February 15, 2018
    EmP2416
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    No One Ever Asked is a powerful story, filled with many different characters whose worlds collide. These women and men each have their own unique challenges, which makes for an intriguing book. Katie Ganshert delivers again with a book whose subject matter could not be more timely.

    The characters resonate and become like friends ( or enemies) that you could relate to. There's the perfect wife and mother, the newly made mother through adoption, the young teacher who is thrust into a district she didn't necessarily want to be in, the children of families, other administrators, and the chatter of a neighborhood beauty shop...there is a whole world in this book.

    I appreciate Katie's refusal to write about 'soft' topics. While there are lots of internal and external struggles for the characters, by the end of the book there is a healthy conclusion. I did miss many winks of sleep because I didn't want to stop reading!I think the timing of this book could not be better. I learned a lot from not only the story, but the true history interspersed in this book.

    While challenging, this story will pull at your heart, make you angry, make you cry...and then make you realize YOU can make a change right where you are. With the world we live in getting crazier by the day, this story offers hope.
  3. indianaptmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful and relevant
    January 31, 2018
    indianaptmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Friends. This book called me to the curtain on my prejudices. It called me out on what I really think I'm keeping my kids safe from. It reminds me that everyone has a struggle, no matter how perfect their life is. It encouraged me that if I want to be a voice in the world, or even my own community, that it has to be the right message. Community matters. Enlarging our circles matter. Caring about others' needs- the seen and unseen- matters.

    Katie has always been one of those authors to tackle tough and painful subjects. I would not have anticipated that this book would affect me like it did. I can only hope that if your heart needs this message or you are in a place to jump and take action to mend our communities, that it does so. This book is a work of fiction, but based upon a true situation and true historical perspective.

    In full honesty, I was a little confused by the amount of characters and story lines in the first few chapters of the book. Eventually the story lines and people merge and mingle, and after that, I couldn't put the book down. That doesn't ultimately take away from the story, it is just a little slow start.



    I can't wait for this book to be available to everyone. Be ready to buy this!

    Thank you to Katie Ganshert and to WaterBrook & Multnomah for allowing me to receive an advanced copy of this book as a part of the No One Ever Asked launch team.
  4. tumcsec
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I will remember
    January 24, 2018
    tumcsec
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was one novel that I will remember for a very long time. Probably never forget. According to the author this fictional story was loosely based on actual events as early as 2013. Lots of time was spent on research, interviews, listening to an actual town hall meeting in its entirety, etc to bring this story to life. I always read the author's notes in the back of a book to gain insight into the preparations before writing. Ms. Ganshert has certainly done her "homework". This seemed to be a small taste of a very big problem in our world that should be improving but it's not. Racism is alive and well and sad to think about.

    The three main female characters were as different as you could get. Camille with a perfect life, which included a perfect marriage, family, home and status in society.

    Jen, along with her husband, adjusting to an adopted daughter from Africa and all the struggles and adjustments that entailed. And Anaya, newly graduated from college and ready for her first year of teaching, but facing many challenges as well because of her skin color and a newly combined poor school district with a rich school district.

    There were so many things going on among the pages. Relationship changes, marital problems, racism, illness, adoption, sexual harassment and school situations. This was a book that had me in its clutches from the very first page and my emotions ran amuck throughout. Deeply thought provoking to the point that I had to stop reading occasionally and just sit and "chew" on what I had just read. I pray for the future of our whole society but mainly for our children and grandchildren and what they are facing daily in the schools. This is a book that everyone should read but especially those in education. I will be recommending it to many I know and talking about to ones I meet.

    I received a complimentary uncorrected proof from the publisher but was not required to write a review.
  5. Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ganshert's Most Powerful Yet
    January 19, 2018
    Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Katie Ganshert's books always bring me to tears. A part of me wants to resist even reading them, but the stronger part can't wait to read whatever she writes next. No One Ever Asked is her most powerful book yet.

    Through the lives of three unique women drawn together by circumstance, she gives her readers much to think about. Overall, it's a book about community, which should be about people coming together with love and acceptance all wanting what's best for each other and joyfully giving of themselves to make that best hope a reality. But community rarely works so well, so this book is about the struggles that ensue when expectations are shattered, hopes are dashed, and people are hurt. Contained within the community theme, it's also a book about marriage and friendship and motherhood and adoption and poverty, disappointment, power and secrets, lies, gossip, and tragedy.

    Ganshert's insights into many situations ring absolutely true. If you enjoy contemporary fiction that makes you think about society and your place in it, you will love this book. I thank Waterbrook Multnomah for sending me a complimentary copy, so I could share my opinion with you.
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