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    Well worth your time

    Life After is about the effects on the lives of several people plus their family members when an explosion goes off in a commuter train in Chicago. Autumn is the only survivor, twenty two others are dead. It was heart wrenching in places. Autumn questions why God allowed her to survive but not any of the others. She spends her time clipping obituaries of the victims and pasting them in a notebook. Then pulling them out and reading them over and over. She also visits them in the cemeteries. Everywhere she goes she is recognized as the only survivor, so she spends lots of time in her apartment. Her family worries about her. Then she starts getting letters from the twelve yr old daughter of one of the victims. I was really moved by all the emotion the author was able to write into the different characters. They were so real I wanted to reach out and hug them or have a cup of coffee and chat with them. This was a very different novel from many I've read and I got so engrossed in the story I forgot where I was some of the time. It is worth every minute I spent reading it and I encourage everyone to grab a copy and give it a try. I received an ARC copy from the author/publisher and was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise.
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    Another home run by Katie Ganshert!

    Katie Ganshert has done it again! She immediately pulled me into her story and into the lives of everyone involved. Life After was such a believable story that I felt like I knew these characters and that I could have lived right there in their neighborhoods. This book really made me think about the "what ifs" throughout life and how we never really know what might happen from day to day. We must trust that we are where we are supposed to be and to listen to God's little nudges if we feel we are not. I would highly recommend this book, as well as all of Katie's previous books because she can tell a story!
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    A beautiful story of heartache and hope!

    In her latest novel, Katie Ganshert crafts an unforgettable tale that delves into humanity's response to tragedy, drawing you into the story with its poignant first line: "We rarely know when death will come." Life After is a heart wrenching look at the effects of tragedy and the beauty that can come from it. Autumn Manning is the sole survivor of a train bombing that took the lives of 22 others. One year after the tragedy that changed her life, she still is haunted by the lives that were lost and one burning question--why her? Why did she survive and not someone else? While trying to remember and honor the other victims, Autumn is forced to work alongside Paul Elliot, the man whose wife she was mistakenly identified as after the accident. Attempting to lay the past to rest and heal their broken hearts, they must both confront their shortcomings and overcome their need for answers, instead resting in the comfort of the God who controls everything. A powerful story told in Ganshert's poetic prose, Life After is a beautiful look at our response to tragedy and answers our all-consuming why with a who--a God who can shine the light of hope into the darkest night. "But maybe she'd been asking the wrong question. Maybe comfort wasn't to be found in the 'why.' Maybe comfort was found in the 'who.' A God who wept."
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    Amazing story!

    This was my first book by Katie Ganshert, but it will not be my last. I really enjoyed her writing style. She knows how to tell a good story. One of the things I absolutely loved about Life After is how realistic and unpredictable the story was. There really is a suspense element to this book, simply because the reader is kept in the dark about most of the characters' secrets. I was so eager to know what would happen next at times that I read some parts extremely fast. I'm usually the type of reader to read slowly and savour each word, but it was impossible to do with this book. The suspense was killing me! There were so many plots twists. I would have read the whole book in one sitting if time had allowed. I also LOVED the characters in Life After, especially Tate. He's the sweetest boy! I would definitely recommend this book. It does not disappoint. I was one of the lucky readers to receive a copy of this book from the publisher prior to its publication date. This did not affect my review in any way.
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    Nice Story

    Katie Ganshert writes good books. When I read her first, I was reeled in. I've been blessed numerous times by her books and I suspect I will continue to be so in the future. 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 remain buried, 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. Katie Ganshert writes with a great depth of emotion, creates believable characters and situations. It's obvious to the reader that a lot of time, thought and prayer goes into each book. This book was no exception and while it resonates with the reader and is definitely complex in its life situations and characterizations, it does not pack the punch that Ganshert's earlier book, 'A Broken Kind of Beautiful' did. That was one of the most powerful books I've ever read. It is my favorite Katie Ganshert book. I'm sure Ganshert's readers will enjoy this current book as they have her earlier ones. I do look forward to her next offering.
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