Monday, May 18, 2009

Life Without Summer

By Lynne Griffin

Synopsis (from Barnes and Noble):

Tessa Gray's life changes forever when she loses her four-year-old daughter, Abby, in a hit-and run accident outside her preschool. Once a vivacious, joyful mother and wife, Tessa now spends her days holed up in Abby's room, sleeping in her bed, clutching Abby's Tootsie Rabbit stuffed animal - anything to keep her memories close. As Tessa grapples with a terrible grief, made worse by the police's insistence that the case is unsolvable, she finds solace in Celia Reed, the therapist her husband has pushed her to see, and in the journal she's keeping, where she compulsively counts the "days without Abby" and maps out her plan for catching the driver who tore her family apart." "As Celia struggles to keep Tessa from getting caught up in a bleak crusade for answers, she finds that their sessions open the door to emotions that she's spent years ignoring, forcing her to face the rising tensions in her life - her troubled teenage son, her alcoholic ex-husband, and her fragile new marriage. Celia begins to realize that she must come to terms with the tragic mistakes of her past and the choices that have led her family to their own brink of destruction." A haunting portrait of two women whose lives converge unexpectedly when the answers one needs turn out to be the other's only chance for peace, Life Without Summer illuminates connections between love, marriage, truth, and forgiveness no reader will forget.

My thoughts: I loved this book. It started out a little slow, but once I figured out the main characters and got a picture of them in my head, I couldn't wait to find out what happened.

**** 4 (and a 1/2) stars

1 comment:

Jenners said...

Oh Man! This just sounds too close to home for me -- having a 4-year-old son. I don't know if I would want to read something like this ... I think I would react the same way. I truly don't know if I could get over it. But it sounds good but I think it would be way too upsetting to me!


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