Winner of the 2014 CLASS Reunion Kudos Book Award, fiction category.
After the tragic death of Butch Brownings wife, Jenny, four families begin to realize how preciousand fleetingtheir time together is. Each is at a different stage in life: Butch is facing single parenthood. The OReillys 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 theyve 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.