Friday, 8 May 2015

Review: The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

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?    

Rating: 5/5



The Art of Losing Yourself is the story of two sisters. Carmen has a handsome husband and is a successful meteorologist with a local television station. Gracie is seventeen, and a runaway. Both are the daughter of a woman who struggles with alcoholism, although Carmen was lucky enough to be raised by her father, and not by their mother. She really doesn't seem to understand how Gracie feels about the way she was raised.

Both sisters feel lost within their circumstances, Carmen's marriage and job are hanging by a thread after she suffers multiple miscarriages and she has a minor breakdown in the car park of her local Toys R Us store that makes its way onto YouTube. Gracie struggles with feelings of abandonment and distrusts Carmen and the friendly kids from a local church.

Can Carmen save her marriage? Does Gracie embrace her new school and life? Will Gracie ever forgive her mother? Do Carmen and Gracie sort out their differences?

It is in almost losing themselves, and each other, that they find themselves.

Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 21 April 2015
Format: Paperback
RRP: $14.99 USD

I received an ebook from Blogging for Books for the purposes of a review, this review is my personal view and is not required to be positive.


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