Another 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 survivor of a train bombing that took the lives of many people. One year later, she's still hiding away, feeling intense guilt and unable to move on. She meets the daughter of one of the victims, and the two begin to spend some time together. Autumn explores her own grief and beliefs about what happened in order to mend the brokenness inside and move toward a positive future. (WATERBROOK MULTNOMAH, Apr., 352 pp., $14.99)