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.~Goodreads Blurb
After a horrifying experience, living through a bombing of her train, Autumn Manning has all the trademark signs of survivor’s guilt. Instead of pushing through it and finding a new appreciation for life, she is stuck in the past trying to find as much as she can about the people who weren’t as lucky as she was. It’s through this shared search for answers that she meets the daughter of one of the victims. Typically I don’t read a lot of faith based romances simply because I don’t find myself connecting to them. “Life After” was very well written and it follows in a very clear way, the journey from victim trapped in herself to a strength that she finds in faith and herself. With enough emotional twists to engage her readers, Author Katie Ganshert has created a story that not only addresses the impact that trauma can have on a person but also its effect on a family and the path it takes to move beyond what’s happened.
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Katie (K.E.) Ganshert was born and raised in the exciting state of Iowa, where she currently resides with her family. She likes to write things and consume large quantities of coffee and chocolate while she writes all the things. She’s won some awards. For the writing, not the consuming. Although the latter would be fun. You can learn more about K.E. Ganshert and these things she writes at her website www.katieganshert.com.
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