Review: No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert + Goodreads Giveaway

"Be the change where you're at."

Title:  No One Ever Asked
Author: Katie Ganshert
Publisher: Waterbrook and Multnomah
Release Date:  April 3, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction
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Three Families. Two School Districts. A Dozen Miles Between Them, But Worlds Apart.

When an impoverished Missouri school district loses its accreditation, the nearby affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open its doors to bussed students. Soon the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fund-raiser, faced with a rattling discovery that threatens to tear apart her picture-perfect world; Jen Covington, a career nurse whose painful journey to motherhood finally results in a happily-ever-after, though not the one she anticipated; and Anaya Jones, the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand-new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, who is unprepared for the minefield she is stepping into. As tensions rise, Camille, Jen, and Anaya will fiercely protect their loved ones – but at what cost?

Inspired by real-world events, No One Ever Asked is a riveting tale about the way we see one another, the lies we tell ourselves, the questions and stories that go unexplored, and the tragedies that result from our blindness.


It's hard to write a review for No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert. I went back and reread a few key moments in order to settle my heart on what I thought. Out right, I can tell you, Katie Ganshert is an amazing writer. Her words dig deep, and penetrates through to our hearts, no matter the subject. She did so without asking, and as is with No One Ever Asked, it's a strong emotion, or rather a series of emotions. There's a lot on our minds when one concludes this story.

You see, No One Ever Asked may be a story, but the relevance of the underlying messages of disparity, of facing the hard of many areas to this day, and of fear on so many levels, are more apparent than one thinks. The author is not afraid to tackle some very tough topics including race, adoption, marriage, harassment in more ways than just sexual, but it's the way it's interwoven through our characters' lives, presenting readers a work of fiction that challenges us, but also encourages us to do right. And by doing right, it's however the reader reads into it. There's profound insight, allowing us to ask the right and appropriate questions, and that's personal and awakening at times. So yes, No One Ever Asked makes for one compelling read, but possibly more so for the effect it will have on the reader.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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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. 

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  1. This book really made me think!! I recently read a story that had the same effect on my heart -- Little Fires Everywhere.


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