“The Art of Losing Yourself” by Katie Ganshert, book review
Carmen Hart greets everyone as they are preparing for the day with the weather report on morning TV. She is gorgeous and married to the high school football coach, who has led the home town team to a state championship. But she struggles with doubts and longs to be a mother.
Gracie is Carmen’s 17 year old sister, who runs away from their alcoholic mother in hopes of finding acceptance from their aunt at the beach front motel where the family would spend the summers. But Aunt Ingrid has been moved to an assisted living home due to issues with dementia and the motel has closed. What will Gracie do now?
Carmen takes Gracie into her home and they try to work together- to get Gracie in school, repair and reopen the motel and become a sort of a family.
This was a nice book to read about a family who survived difficult issues but with God’s grace and forgiveness was able to stay strong. I was impressed by the emotions expressed by the various characters major and minor and how the author expressed the difference in what the world saw on the outside and how each was really feeling on the inside.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.
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WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning author, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her family. When she’s not busy penning novels or spending time with her people, she enjoys drinking coffee with friends, reading great literature, and eating copious amounts of dark chocolate.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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?