Just 18 Summers
By Michelle Cox and Rene Gutteridge
Today we celebrated my daughter’s 10th birthday. Wow how time flies! It seems like only yesterday I was holding her in my arms and changing her diapers. In 8 more years she will be off to college and starting the next chapter in her life. It really got me to thinking.
Have you ever had a moment when you stopped and thought where has the time gone? Just 18 Summers really puts things into perspective. We have 18 short summers to make a real impact on our children and to create lasting memories that our children can build on. That is the message that Cox delivers in this novel. The story begins after a tragic accident and the loss of Butch Borrowing’s wife. Four families are woken up to realize time together is fleeting, much like I have. Each family is in a different stage of life. Butch is facing being a single father, The O’Reillys are just starting out and expecting their first baby, and the Anderson’s are approaching the empty nest.
With just 18 summers, how will you make a difference? This novel has gotten my head spinning. As a single parent like Butch it can be hard to balance life out. I want to have that carefree family, but I also have to keep order and work to pay the bills. It is easy to lose focus. The focus being God and family. Make this time about love, laughter, and growth.
I received a complimentary copy of Just 18 Summers from Tyndale Publishing.