Life After ★★★★★

5 stars 

For me, this book was stuck between a 4.5 and a 5-star book and I think after everything, it is definitely a 5-star book. At first, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book a lot but once I started it was really hard to stop. This book deals with grief and I really enjoyed how it detailed a survivor’s life after a traumatic event. This book comes out on April 18th of this year and I will definatly buy it for friends as a gift.

Also, this is my 50th blog post!! I can’t believe that I’ve posted so much and I’m so excited that I’ve actually stuck to a schedule. I’ve also gotta say thank you to every single one of my followers. Without you guys, I probably would have slacked off with my posting and ended up only posting once a week.

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

My Review: 

I started this book a few nights ago (when I’m writing this that is) and I had to put it down around the 150-page mark because I had school the next day. I took this book almost everywhere I went because I used every opportunity to continue reading, even if it was only 20 pages at a time. Once I started reading I just wanted to read it all the time. I didn’t want to finish it, though. It was too good for me to want to say that I’ve finished it.

This book had so many good scenes and so many amazing quotes that I wish I could include all of them but to do that I would spoil the book and I really don’t want to do that. But I will include some of my favorite scenes that I don’t think will spoil much, but either way, I will only summarize them in an attempt to keep the details a surprise. I feel like the word surprise isn’t really the right word but it’s all I’ve really got.

Towards the beginning of the book, both Autumn and a young girl discuss the loss of their mothers and to me, this strengthens their bond. I won’t say who the young girl is, but to me, this was a very important scene in the book and without it, I feel like their relationship would not be as strong as it really is.

One other scene that I really loved was when Autumn was talking to someone whose sister died on the train. Autumn asks how the women was able to ride the train after what happened and the response she is given leads to her taking steps to reach a comfortable area for herself. I hope that makes sense. I just don’t want to give anything away.

This book has religious themes but they don’t take over the entire story. Being a non-religious person myself I enjoyed not having the characters faith constantly shoved in my face like in other books with religious themes in them.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction and wants a book with little to no romance. This book deals with grief and sadness so if that isn’t the type of book you are looking for then maybe this isn’t for you, at least not right now. Sometimes I need a book about people getting better, sometimes I need a book about someone getting a happy ending and trying to moving on. This book definitely fit that description and I recommend it to anyone who likes to witness immense character development.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. Receiving this book in exchange for an honest review did not affect my opinions in any way. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.


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