Life After

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 bombiIt 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 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 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.
Life After 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 tea

  • Title: Life After
  • Author: Katie Ganshert
  • ISBN: 9781601429025
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. "Bad things happen all the time, all over the world. And we believe in God's goodness. We believe He is good. We say He is good. Until bad things turn personal. That's when we start to question." Life After was such a moving and emotional story! This book really made a lasting impression on my heart!So many times you see the headlines on the news of tragedies that have happened. But sometimes you can forget that the people who survive and the families who lost love ones, still have to live every [...]

    2. THIS BOOK . . . Life After . . . Oh my goodness . . . WOW- WOW- WOW!!!!In case you cannot tell by my zealously generous, bold typeface and gross overuse of exclamation points - I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!Why, you ask? It's really hard to explain. The book isn't just one genre, nor does it have only one underlying current, but many. It's a story of catastrophic event of epic proportion. Recent headlines scream of it. It's also a survival story awash in survivor's guilt. To the edge, on the brink of comin [...]

    3. Where does one find words for emotions that have none? That would be my exact tangle of feelings after finishing this story a mere thirty minutes ago. It is a rare moment that I close the final pages of a book and immediately feel pressed to get my thoughts down on paper (or, in this instance, in type on a computer). This is one of those exceptions (obviously). The moments (and emotions) I could suppress no longer, they must be written! So here I am, struggling to find adjectives for you. What I [...]

    4. Katie Ganshert’s Life After is one of those books that I have a hard time conveying just how much I loved it and just how profound of an impression it made on me. Of the handful of contemporary authors that I read, Ganshert is one at the top of that list and deservedly so. In this story, she deals with the heavy topic of survivor’s guilt, grief and loss with aplomb and clarity. The characters are messy and flawed and so unflinchingly real that I couldn’t help but want the best for them. Th [...]

    5. Katie's trademark is writing beautiful novels about broken people.In Life After, Autumn Manning struggles to make sense of why she is the lone survivor of a train explosion. She is not at all at peace with herself and barely ekes out an existence.It is a well written story with details unraveling throughout. Secondary characters added depth to the story. I especially enjoyed the "headlines" that Autumn interjected throughout.My gratitude to Publisher Waterbrook for a complimentary copy of the no [...]

    6. I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Life After. Katie Ganshert is a favorite novelist of mine and I was eager to dive in. Always a masterful storyteller, Ganshert ups her game in Life After. You feel the desperation, the isolation, and the loss felt from the one survivor of a train bombing. She had us thinking beyond those who perish in mass tragedies. What about those who survive? What s their life like after?I found myself wanting to return to the story when I wasn't reading it. [...]

    7. I am blown away.I think this may be my favorite book of 2017. I saw this on my sister-in-law's bookshelf, picked it up, read the prologue, and was immediately hooked. As soon as I got home, I grabbed it from my library, and couldn't wait to dig in. This is the first novel I have read by Katie Ganshert, and will most certainly not be the last. She has an unforgettable writing style, and writes just as unforgettable characters. This is the kind of book that leaves you clutching it to your chest, n [...]

    8. Wow. There are so many things I thought about while I read this book. Surprisingly, I didn't cry (which I tend to do with books dealing with grief), but felt very introspective. I think that's due to Autumn's detached observations, her coping mechanisms, and the deep questions she and other characters wrestled with. The book started a bit slow for me as things began to unfold and be revealed, but the pace steadily picked up and I appreciated the time I was able to take with each level of Autumn' [...]

    9. An enjoyable, absorbing, heartfelt story. After having a miss with Katie Ganshert in The Art of Losing Yourself, I was hesitant to try again; but because of friends' excellent reviews, I decided to give it a try. I'm quite glad I did! The characters were so vivid and so well-drawn. I especially enjoyed seeing the heroine and the victim's daughter bond with each otherough I must say that my favorite scene was the basketball game in the rain!The main thing I didn't like was the repeated simile of [...]

    10. The prologue had me immediately engaged, and from there it never let up. Autumn’s life has been changed dramatically, and no one around her can relate to what she has been through.This book grapples with the weight of survival and the pressure to make your survival mean somethingThis story takes an honest look at how life can be turned upside down in one unimaginable moment. It is a story about grief, and how we grapple with it, try to understand it, and ultimately how we attempt to move forwa [...]

    11. 23 passengers stepped on a Chicago “L” train on what seems an ordinary day. It’s ordinary for an elderly man who’s been married to his wife for over sixty years. It’s ordinary for a college student who’s a bright, beautiful young woman on the cusp of her whole life. It’s ordinary for a young mother and son. It’s not ordinary for Autumn Manning or Vivian Elliott. 23 passengers step on the train. 22 passengers never return to their homes in the wake of a bombing. Autumn is the sole [...]

    12. The latest novel from Katie Ganshert is perhaps her most riveting. It’s both poignant and profound, and I know I’ll still be thinking about it for months to come. From the very first words, the story captivated me and I could barely put it down!Autumn Manning may have been the sole survivor but she is not the only one whose “life after” points to that day as a starting point. Paul Elliott and his children have been struggling with their own grief and – for Paul – a heaping of guilt a [...]

    13. This was an amazing book! This is the first full length book I have read of this author (I've read a few of her novellas) and I really like her writing style. The emotions and struggles that Autumn and the other characters go through are so well written that they grip your heart and you HAVE to keep reading to find out how it all turns out. The angst of turning teenager Reese and the emotions she's going through and the anxiety she's causing her father is so heart-breaking. And then there is Pau [...]

    14. Autumn boards a train and minutes later wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened after she left work. She is the lone survivor from the crash, caused by a bomber. She's racked with survivor guilt and can't seem to get past the thought of all of the people who didn't make it like she did. Her obsession leads her to a family that lost their wife and mother on the train that day. To complicate matters, she was initially mistaken for this woman and Paul, the husband, had come to identi [...]

    15. by Andrea Renee CoxWhat an incredible and gripping and emotional story! I love the hope of healing that comes through even as the characters live out deep and raw grief. It's a story that will last through the ages because it's relevant in each and every age, no matter the technological differences. It's a story that will impact many folks for the good, and I pray it draws millions of hearts to search out more knowledge about the great God who comforts those who seek Him. Life After is a story I [...]

    16. I requested a copy from the publisher and now I'm faced with the impossible task of reviewing this book. I'm completely astounded by the level of maturity with which this book was written.Autumn Manning is a survivor. She was in a train explosion that killed 22 other people. She has much to be thankful, but Autumn is haunted by guilt and responsibility - not for the bombing, of course, just for being alive and not doing anything about it. People expect her to carry on, it has been one year. Stil [...]

    17. Loved this! Kate Ganshert is a highly talented, creative writer. Not to mention that her stories are consistently great. This one was no exception. Life After is definitely going on my favorite reads list for this year.

    18. OK MY FEELINGS ARE MIXED. IDK. Did I like this? Yes. Was it decently written? Yes. Was I a little bored? ALSO YES. But for starters, I'm not an emotional person AT ALL. I think that's one of the reason I didn't find this book particularly compelling- most of the conflict is internal or of an emotional nature. And I'm honestly just over here like "EVERYONE CHILL OUT." I looove character driven stories with internal conflict, but this one just didn't work that well for me. A balance of internal an [...]

    19. I have absolutely adored all of Katie's contemporary romance titles, so needless to say I have been looking forward to her next release since 2015, and wow, Life After was totally worth the wait! This is probably going to be a fairly short review, not because I didn't like this book, quite the contrary I loved every single solitary second of this book! My dilemma is that Life After was so incredibly beautiful and amazing that I am completely speechless out of fear that I cannot possibly do this [...]

    20. We rarely know when death will come. Some are warned in sickness - like the track of dirt that runs around the edge of a baseball field, cautioning outfielders that they are running out of room. The end is near. But others - many others - meet death without any warning at all, in an unforeseen moment that wretches consciousness in two, separating the living from the dead. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. I absolutely loved this story. It's so touching. The characters were relatable and the ending [...]

    21. Wow. A roller coaster of emotions in response to a plethora of significant experiences throughout the book. Life after. coming full circle with life before. Then the cycle begins againfe hereafter.

    22. Such a beautiful heartwarming story! The story in itself was so sad. Woman survives a bombing where she is the only suvivor! Her struggle and another families that questioned why? Making her way and finally accepting!

    23. 4.5 Stars RT Top PickAnother stunning novel from Ganshert. Authentic, real characters radiate from each page, drawing readers into a deep, meaningful tale. Autumn is flawed and broken, but these aspects of her personality make her more relatable and her story more powerful. This book shows that the messy parts of life exist for everyone, and it is only in being vulnerable that healing can begin. Life After will stick with the reader for a long time, with many truths to ponder.Autumn is the sole [...]

    24. This book. . . Wow. The poetic way of writing that Katie Granshert possesses is stunningly gorgeous and heartbreaking at the same time. The story was glorious, complex, real life and just beautiful. I honestly can’t do a normal review for this book, nor do I want to, simply for the reason that it can’t be picked apart or critiqued. The characters were spot on, each one interesting. The MC was a delightfully flawed human being as were the other characters. The romance was subtle, not in your [...]

    25. This is a well crafted novel centering on surviving tragedy. Autumn was the only survivor of a commuter train bombing. How she deals with surviving and how so many others deal with their loss is the meaty subject of the plot.This moving novel highlights many issues. One is guilt. There is survival guilt. There is the guilt surrounding the death of a loved one, including the “what if” and “if only I'd questions. How do we deal with the guilt when another dies because they were doing an erra [...]

    26. In the midst of a snow storm in Chicago, a train is rocked by a fiery explosion. Twenty two people are killed, with Autumn Manning the lone survivor. She remembers nothing of that tragic day, but is constantly besieged by guilt and grief, uncertain as to why her life was spared. A year has passed and Autumn spends her days and nights remembering and memorializing the lives that were lost. Her family is concerned with her obsession. Paul Elliot's wife died in the explosion and he is doing the bes [...]

    27. Life After was absolutely compelling! I loved the way the author opened up the story with the prologue. It gave the reader a peek into the events of the fateful day involving the fictional event that the story was woven around. It also provided some information that the main character of the story no longer remembered due to the trauma they experienced. It was a very interesting way to start the story.Even though this book deals with a tragedy and some very serious subject matter, I felt very ho [...]

    28. I, personally, have never read anything by Katie Ganshert. I have heard about a number of her books and love the covers but have never moved them up in priority to my read now pile. But when the chance came up to be on her Launch team, I jumped at the chance. Her newest book Life After looked really interesting. While the novel is labeled as a contemporary romance, I think it goes deeper than that. With rich characters and an interesting plot, I'm really glad I spent time with Autumn and Paul.Wi [...]

    29. "Cold stuck to her skin. She yearned for a hot cup of tea. A long soak in a warm bath. Something that might chase away the coldness that had seeped inside her bones long before she stepped outside." (2)Everyone must read Life After by Katie Ganshert. If you decide not to read the rest of my review, at least get that first sentence. You must read this book. Life After is my favorite read so far in 2017, and can easily make its way to one of my top reads of ALL time. Back to the book. Life After t [...]

    30. In her newest book, Katie Ganshert answers a question many ask God at some point in their life, "Why?". Autumn Manning is the lone survivor of a terrible tragedy. A year later, she is struggling with guilt. How could God let something so terrible happen? Why did He allow her to survive when others did not? Ganshert masterfully draws her readers into the story, allowing us to empathize with her characters. The story flows easily between two points of view, Autumn Manning and Paul Elliot. Autumn i [...]

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