Life After by Katie Ganshert (Review)

Dena McMurdie

4 Stars

March 16, 2017

One thing's for sure, Katie Ganshert doesn't write fluffy books. She fills her stories full of complex situations and fills her characters full of complex emotions. She has a knack for taking broken characters and putting them through a series of events that makes them grow and change into different people. Better people.

Autumn is a woman drowning in nothing. The only survivor of a train bombing incident, she is consumed by guilt, grief, and obsession over the twenty two other victims who lost their lives. She quit her job, broke up with her fiancé, and spends her days and nights haunting the dead — until the daughter of one of the victims shows up on her doorstep, forcing herself and her family into Autumn's life. The girl's father, Paul, is just as broken and conflicted as Autumn.

If you're hoping for a steamy romance, you'd better read something else. Life After isn't so much a romance novel as it is the emotional journey of Autumn, Paul, and Paul's children toward healing, acceptance, and overcoming guilt. It's about repentance, change, and finding God's plan in the craziness we call life.

If you like stories of personal change and conquering your demons, you'll love this book.

Content: Clean, but there are references to an affair.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program.