Earlier this year, I signed up to be a part of the WaterBrook & Multnomah book launch program. The first book for which I was invited to be an advanced reader is Life After, by Katie Ganshert. My copy arrived a few weeks ago, and I finished reading it last night.
Life After is the story of Autumn Manning, a young woman who is the sole survivor of a train bombing in Chicago. She struggles with survivor's guilt and is haunted by the victims who didn't make it. Paul Elliott's wife was one of those victims, and when Autumn and the Elliotts' lives intersect, both must overcome their fear and grief to find the answers for which they search.
Life After is the first book of Katie Ganshert's that I have read, and I enjoyed turning every page. Her novel is beautifully written, capturing your heart from the beginning to the end. The characters are well developed and authentic. The story could have been taken from today's headlines, making it very relevant to our modern lives. It is touching, heart-breaking and heart-warming all at the same time.
Even if you've not been the victim of a tragedy such as this, it is easy to relate to the characters in Life After. Everyone has questioned their purpose in life at some point; this book explores that purpose, and offers hope and meaning when we struggle to see either. One of my favorite quotes in Life After is towards the end of the book, when Ina May, who was widowed by the Tragedy on the Tracks, says, "We worship a God who might not give us the miracle, but He will always give us the comfort."
Life After is available for pre-order at http://wmbooks.com/LifeAfterBook and if you order before March 16, 2017, you'll receive some lovely bonus gifts ~ a signed bookplate, a beautiful bookmark, and a copy of Everything Beautiful coloring book.
(Note: I do not receive any compensation for my review, other than getting an Advanced Reader Copy of the book free. All opinions are my own.)