Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Art of Losing Yourself

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: I think Katie Ganshert's books get better and better! I love her characters and the way she brings them and their stories to life. This book is a beautiful tale of loss and the different ways we deal with it. I love that there is hope at the foundation of the story, though it isn't given in an unrealistic, cheesy way. I like that they are like real life. This story is a new favorite!
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Yay! Glad you liked Katie's newest, Amanda. She is definitely one of the best novelists in the market and I'm anxious to read this one. It sounds lovely. :)

    1. I think this one was even better than A Broken Kind of Beautiful, though they are both amazing stories.;)
      I look forward to reading your thoughts when you have the chance to read and review it!