Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Just 18 Summers by:Gutteridge/Cox

Just 18 Summers
About the Book:
After the tragic death of Butch Browning's wife, Jenny, four families begin to realize how precious--and fleeting--their time together is. Each is at a different stage in life: Butch is facing single parenthood. The O'Reillys are expecting their first child. The Andersons are approaching an empty nest, and the Buckleys are so focused on providing their children with everything that they've forgotten what they truly need. With just eighteen summers before their children are grown, how do they make the most of that time when life so often gets in the way?As summer flies by, each of these parents must learn about guilt and grace . . . and when to hold on to their kids and when to let go.

About the Authors:
Michelle Cox is the author of seven books ranging from inspirational nonfiction to cookbooks to humor books. Her first fiction book, Just 18 Summers (with co-author Rene Gutteridge), will release in spring 2014.

Rene Gutteridge is the author of eighteen novels, including Escapement, Possession, Listen, Never the Bride (2011 Carol Award Winner), The Boo Series, The Storm Series, The Occupational Hazards Series and My Life as a Doormat, a Women of Faith selection for 2006. She has a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in screenwriting and twenty years of experience writing, directing and publishing comedy sketches. She writes in both comedy and suspense genres. Her upcoming releases from Tyndale House Publishers: Heart of the Country, Misery Loves Company and Old Fashioned. From B&H Publishers: Greetings from the Flipside co-written with Cheryl McKay.

My Review:
 It can be hard to lose someone you really love especially for these families.

 Butch left with his only daughter, Ava after his wife died. He already has a hard time raising her but trying to grieve the loss of his wife while doing so seems to get harder and harder with each passing day. Beth is no stranger to grief either, having lost her sister and now her son. Only her son hasn't passed on he is just leaving for school. Either way she feels like she is on the losing end of it all. Larry realizes that Beth is sad about their son leaving for college but these is the least of Larry's problems. His daughter is getting married and to him this is a bigger issue for them.

 The book is written through the perspective of all the characters which I like but it causes you to really pay attention, so that you can keep up. The authors have written from a parenting perspective that is so incredibly true. The writing was dead on and it really gets to your heart!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.