Each morning Carmen Hart becomes her television personality and reports on the weather in Florida. However, behind her bright smile is the sadness and frustration of the infertility issues her and her husband are dealing with. After several miscarriages, they have decided to adopt a child. While they have the perfect house and perfect life from the outside, Carmen wonders if marrying her husband was a mistake. She questions whether God exists at all. After years of disappointments, she isn’t sure what to believe.
Carmen spent her summers working and staying at a local inn that her aunt owned. She even met her husband there while he spent the summer working. However, time and weather have been hard on the inn and Carmen’s marriage. When her aunt is placed in a nursing home with dementia, Carmen and her father must decide what to do with the inn. Her dad wants to sell it. Carmen wants to restore it. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Carmen, her sister Gracie has been living in the inn after running away from their alcoholic mother. Carmen has no other option to take Gracie into their home and work to mend their relationship with each other and her relationship with her husband.
Katie’s newest book made me laugh, made me cry, and made me want to check into the inn for a few days. She captures the heart wrenching details of infertility, as well as the difficulties of having a family member with dementia. As someone who struggled with infertility, I immediately “bonded” with the struggle Carmen was going through. I understood how you can question your faith and whether God even exists when the one thing you want most in the world is not granted or is taken away. I get it.
I have had the pleasure of reviewing all of Katie’s books and I am honored to review this one as a part of her “gang” of readers spreading the word about her new books. I get so excited when I see a new one is being published and can’t wait to see what direction the story takes me. All of her books have believable, lovable characters that you want to be friends with and hang out with. Katie has a writing style that is able to pull you into the story and makes you forget about the outside world while you visit her characters’ world.
This is definitely a must read for this summer. While, at times, it seems a little deep – it is a heart warming (and heart wrenching at times) story that will restore your faith in God and the goodness of people.
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Christy Award finalist and Carol Award winner, 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 and their goofy black lab, Bubba. 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. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website or author Facebook page.
I received a complimentary copy of The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert as part of the Katie Ganshert Street Team of readers/reviewers in exchange for my unbiased opinion. For more information, please see my disclosure page.