Just 18 Summers is a poignant story about 4 families after the. All eath of a beloved wife, sister, and frreceived tjtch has to learn to raise his 8 year old daughter alone while also getting to know her, Beth faces an empty nest and guilt over the opportunities she has missed, Daphne is expecting her first child and without the calming presence of her friend, she is going a little crazy, and Helen is learning that even though she gives her kids everything they could possible want she doesn't know them at all.
Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox write a seamless story of love, loss, and growth. Grab the tissues and settle in to read this book. I had a hard time putting it down. The characters are so well defined that you feel like you know them. The events are relate-able and realistic. There is an overall reminder that as a parent you only have 18 summers to give your children memories before their adult lives take over. Seize the moment and make the memories.
Five stars and two thumbs up for this book. I will definitely be re-reading this book multiple times.
**I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.