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April 20, 2017

Life After {Katie Ganshert}

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On the day of a late spring storm, in Chicago, Autumn Manning boarded an “L” train. A bomb explodes, killing everyone in the train car except for Autumn—the sole survivor. A year has passed and Autumn suffocates under a blanket of what ifs and the pressing desire to bring the victims back to life, every day, if only for her. She doesn’t want their stories to be forgotten. She wants to undo what cannot be undone. An unexpected ally joins her efforts, also seeking answers and trying to find a way to stumble ahead. 

But one victim’s husband, Paul Elliott, prays to let the dead—and their secrets—rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to hurt his loved ones. 

Caught between loss and hope, these restless souls must release the past to embrace a sovereign God. 

My Thoughts:
I first "discovered" Kate Ganshert when I read her GIFTING SERIES (written under K.H. Ganshert) and immediately became a fan. This is my first contemporary novel from her but her writing style still sucks me in and keeps me captive.

This book is one of those you have to think about a bit after you finish. Amber's character is so complex and has so much depth, you really must process her story after reading it. I felt so sorry for Amber and wanted to just wrap my arms around her and tell her everything will end up okay.

I appreciated the supporting characters in this book and felt their stories were vital in making Amber the person she is. I found myself drawn into their family drama, becoming involved as if I were one of them.

I also appreciate the personal details Ganshert inserts into this story. I follow her on social media and was able to laugh at some of her real-life she included in some scenes. I truly enjoyed this book.

This is a book that can tug at your heart and cause you heartache and happiness. It is worth the read, and the processing that takes place afterward. Put it on your reading list.

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