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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Life After by Katie Ganshert

Available April 18, 2017

One year ago April Manning boarded a commuter train, a short time later, it blew up. Now she is in search of why. Why was she on the train? Why was she the only survivor? Life After is the story of a woman trying to put her life back together. I really liked some of the questions Katie Ganshert poses throughout the story. Why are we here? Does God really care? How do you live with the guilt that you survived and 22 others did not? Can you ever have a meaningful life? I recommend not starting this book until you have time to spend savoring the story. Katie Ganshert is fast becoming one of my go-to authors of contemporary fiction.

From Amazon:
It could have been me.

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 city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.

A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by 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 she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake. 

In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s 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.

About the author:

Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the exciting state of Iowa, where she currently resides with her family. She likes to write things and consume large quantities of coffee and chocolate while she writes all the things. She's won some awards. For the writing, not the consuming. Although the latter would be fun.

I was given this book by the author for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.