Thursday, May 11, 2017

Life After

GIVEAWAY

GANSHERT, KATIE
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, surviving 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.

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 an unpredictable world.

My Review:

I've been wrestling with how to review this book all week. It defies description. Stunning. Moving. Enthralling. Insert every glowing adjective you can think of and Life After is all of them -- and so much more.

This novel had a profound impact on me. The author led me to view a certain scripture in a new light. Simple but powerful words convicted me to a new depth of understanding. And shortly after finishing this book I was able to share that new conviction with a friend who was really struggling. It affected -- and blessed -- her the same way it had me!

So now you want to know what that scripture is, right? Well, I'm not going to tell you, because it is so wrapped up in the story that I don't want to spoil it for you. This is a novel that you really need to discover for yourself -- one delectable page at a time. It's the kind of book you should dive into without knowing what to expect just so you can experience the wonder of it.

It's heartbreaking and hopeful and ultimately triumphant. If you only take one book recommendation from me this year, make it this one!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Life After leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca.  If you include your email address in your comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of  " and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to add the title to the subject line so it`s easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 13 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

52 comments:

  1. I love Katie's work and have been eyeing this book for sometime. I want to know what that piece of Scripture is now.

    Thank you for the review. I truly think I need to read this book right now. I lost my Mom on February 1st and I am having a really difficult time as she was also my best friend.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. So sorry for your loss, Cindy. I think this book could minister to you in many ways. Good luck.

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  2. We all have "whys" in our life and sometimes even fiction can help us get through them.

    I have been struggling with whether I wanted to read this book because of the heartbreak I knew was to be found there. I value your opinion so highly though your last sentence convinced me,
    "If you only take one book recommendation from me this year, make it this one".

    SOLD! PLEASE PLEASE ENTER ME!

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    1. I got so excited about it I forgot my email, haha,
      tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    2. Life After has definitely blessed me. There's such depth in all the characters. I think it's a beneficial read for everyone. Good luck, Tracey.

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  3. You had me at your words, "It defies description." Wow, I can't wait to read this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It's uniquely wonderful! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  4. Oooh, I have heard many great things about this one! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. They are all true! Good luck, Susan.

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  5. I've never read any of Katie's books, but this one sounds so fascinating! I love Chicago and am curious to see what happens in Life After.

    mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Oh, Karen, you're in for a treat! Good luck.

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  6. Intense book. Love to read it. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Well, you've sold me on it. Put my name in the hat!
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. Tossed in the hat, Elly! Good luck!

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  8. This book does sound like one we should take your recommmendation to read! I put it in my cart at Amazon, but would rather win it..lol. THANKS, Kav, for your giveaway and great review!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's such a great read, Jackie...if you didn't guess that from my review. LOL Good luck!!!

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  10. Can't wait to read it! Thanks for the chance to win!

    gracelz1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Charis. Good luck!

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  11. Thanks so much for the opportunity. Really looking forward to reading this one

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    1. It's awesome, Cindy. Good luck.

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  12. I've been wanting to read this book for quite some time now. Thanks for the giveaway!

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  13. I have heard wonderful things about this book. It sounds like an amazing story and I can't wait to see how Katie had the characters' lives intertwine.

    LLWaltz (at) gmail [dot] com

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    1. It's incredibly well done. This book is inspired. Good luck, Laura.

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  14. I have read one of Katie's books and I have heard a lot about this book. But your comments have me intrigued! Count me in the contest! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet. Thanks!

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    1. You're counted, Paula. Good luck.

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  15. I have read so many great things about this book. Can't wait to read it! Ewe_r_merritt at yahoo dot com

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    1. They are all true! Good luck, R Merr.

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  16. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention, Kav. Seems like it is a must-read! So I hope to read it. :-)
    noela_63 AT live DOT com DOT au

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    1. Well, I definitely think it's a must-read! Good luck, Noela.

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  17. Okay, now I'm completely curious about this book. I really liked your review Kav. I need to pick this book up so I can see what scripture you refer to. Thanks for the giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. Bwahahaha! Glad I could make you curious. Good luck, Loraine.

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  18. Your endorsement is all I need to know this book is a must-read, Kav. You've never steered me wrong yet. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for Christian Fiction.

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. Glad to hear that, Diane! I think we have similar reading tastes. Good luck.

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  19. Kav, I've been hearing good things about this and your review has me wanting to read it even more now. Hope I win! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. They are all true, Cheryl. It really stands out on its own. Good luck.

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  20. Excellent review, KAV! I've not yet read Katie's books. Thank you for the chance.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  21. This is one of those books that I so want to read and know I will, but at the same time, I feel nervous. :) ------ tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL -- nervous with anticipation, I hope. Good luck, Terrill!

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  22. Looks Like a Good Emotional book. Thanks for sharing it with us. iamabho at gmail dot com :)

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    1. You're welcome, Linda. Good luck!

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  23. It sounds like we all need to add this book to our TBR list!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Please add my name to the drawing. Thank you for the great review. I am adding this one to my wish list. Also, thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. You're added, Karen. Good luck.

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  25. This book is most definitely on my must read list. So many good reviews. Thanks for your wonderful review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Yes -- and put it high on the top of that list! Good luck, Pam.

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  26. I love that when Katie writes there is always so much depth to her characters and such an important message in her stories. This book is on my wish list for sure!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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