This book is about parenthood and the importance of spending quality time with loved ones. The story is told from the perspectives of four families. Each one has been impacted by the sudden death of Jenny Browning.
Butch Browning is Jenny's husband. He now finds himself left to raise their child alone. It is a daunting task. The Anderson family's children are nearly grown. Can they make the most of the time they have left together? The Buckley's want only the best for their children, but are they truly giving them all they need? The O'Reilly's are going to be first-time parents. Will they be good parents?
All of the parents in this book want to be the best influence they can be in the lives of their children. Jenny Browning's death causes all of them to rethink their values and realize that time is precious and fleeting. They each have only 18 summers with their children. How can they make the most of that time before it slips away?
I found this book to be interesting and thought provoking. It is an easy read with an important message. If you are a parent, you will especially enjoy this book. It is an inspirational and enjoyable novel.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
Just 18 Summers is a book that will move its readers because it tells the reality of the struggles that parents go through today when raising their kids. The story is told in the perspective of the individual characters, which I found was quite interesting. The authors had a great mix of both humor and emotion in their story-telling. One of the funniest characters was Daphne, who is going to be a first-time mom. I laughed out loud at her attempts to baby-proof everything in sight, which is what my sister-in-law did when she was expecting her first child. This book really gets the point across that as parents, you really only have 18 years to spend with your child to prepare them for the world they will go out in one day and how worrisome it can be. The book also explains that no matter the struggles parents will face, parenthood has much blessings and well-worth the effort. Though I am not a parent and have no desire to be one, I thought that the messages in this book were very good and an entertaining story that parents will be sure to enjoy.
After Butch's wife dies in a car accident, four families realize how precious life is and need to make the most of their time. Each is in a different stage of life and must relate to their children before they are grown and gone.
I liked this book and the way the story was told from different perspectives. The storyline was good and fit together well.
Just 18 Summers is a book that follows four families after the death of a beloved member of the community, Jenny Browning. Each is in a different stage of life but they all begin to realize how fleeting their time with their children is. We only have 18 summers with them, how do we make the most of that time? Many of the parents have children that this is the last summer with them or most of the summers are gone. The story relates how the deal with the guilt and grace of that.
This book is written where each chapter is from a different characters point of view, but yet it all runs cohesively together and doesn't feel disjointed at all. I actually found myself excited to catch up with a certain character like they were a long lost friend. The character development is amazing! This book had me laughing hysterically out loud, which when you read at night while your hubby is sleeping can get you some odd looks. :) It also had me bawling like a baby. But most importantly it got me thinking about the fleeting moments we have with our children.
Powerful read with an important message about spending time with loved ones and not putting off things until tomorrow. We only have a limited time with those we love and don't want to look back and thing that we should have done something when we had the chance.