Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

From Katie's website :

Release date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Waterbrook Press

Just like in my dream, I was drowning and nobody even noticed.

Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together. But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore.

Until Carmen’s sister—seventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fisher—steps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded-up motel that belongs to Carmen’s aunt, and their mother is off on another one of her benders, which means Carmen has no other option but to take Gracie in. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a woman’s faith and marriage back to life? Can two half-sisters make each other whole?

My thoughts:
For any couple that has ever struggled in their marriage, for anyone that has ever dealt with infertility, and for anyone that has ever  been involved with someone who has an addiction...this book is for you! 

Ganshert creates a story of love, woven through out the difficulties of life.  Delicate subjects are carefully scripted, and the characters work through their realistic problems in believable ways.  Careful research has been spent learning the ins and outs of a "mom and pop" motel, and the dynamics of dealing with an aging loved one are carefully handled in a gentle way.

I'm hoping this is the beginning of a new series, I would like to see some storylines developed further, and the ending wrapped up a little neater.  But then again, I'm never ready for a great story to be over.

If you're looking for a great read, you'll want to make sure to check out Ganshert's latest novel, it's a must read!  You'll even find some outstanding quotes/lines that beg to be shared!

1 comment:

  1. I too hope that this is the beginning of a series! I like a nice, closing ending.