Mar 22, 2014

Just 18 Summers

*I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange  for my review. All reviews are my honest opinions.

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.

My opinion, this book sort of smacks you in the face reminding you that life is so precious, and any time spent with loved ones is never time wasted. While I do not have children, it still ingrains a lesson that you should never take time for granted.  I love the contemporary aspect, even though normally I go for historical fiction. The book also gave a silver lining in turning to God and that is something that you really don't see enough of in a book.

My over all opinion, 3 out of 5 stars. It's an easy read and good for anyone, not just parents. 


  1. Thank you so much for reading and posting a review of Just 18 Summers. You caught the message that's woven through the book! Moms and dads, you have just 18 summers. Don't forget to make some memories! I hope you'll also join us at our parenting blog at and on Facebook at I hope all of you have a great week!


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