Friday, August 28, 2009

Life Without Summer, A Brief Review

Life Without Summer: A Novel Life Without Summer: A Novel by Lynne Griffin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GoodReads description: "Life Without Summer tells the story of Tessa, a mother who has just lost her four-year-old daughter in a hit-and-run accident and the grief counselor, Celia, who tries to help her to put her life back together. When their lives begin to intersect in powerful and unexpected ways, they discover that the answers one needs might be the other’s only chance for peace. Each woman’s intensely personal journey reverberates with universal themes about the connections between love, marriage, truth, and forgiveness that no reader will forget." (

I was immediately drawn to this book at the library 2 weeks ago while browsing through the 'new arrivals' section. I didn't even finish reading the jacket when I clutched it to my chest and decided it was coming home with me, knowing it would most likely be a painful read at times. This was an absorbing novel. I felt much as I read it. Also, I thought I knew fairly early on what was going to happen with respect to one aspect of the plot and the suspense of waiting for it to happen was incredible! Then I thought I had been wrong, thinking something else would happen instead. What actually happened threw me for a loop!

Painful, gut wrenching, heart breaking, tearful, it was. But it was also comforting sharing in the kind of grief you feel no one else in the world understands or feels (because unfortunately there are those who do). Wonderful achievement for a first novel and I look forward to more from Lynne.

View all my reviews >>


Cindy said...

Glad you enjoyed this book Jo! Seems you are on a 5 star role with books lately!

Lit and Life said...

I had not heard of this one. Great review! Now I just have to decide if I'm up to something that will be so sad.

Jo said...

Cindy, it's been a long time since I've read this many 5 stars in a row.

Lisa, it is sad, but it's an amazing read. (At least for me it was).

Brandie said...

I have this one on my TBR list...but I'm gonna have to move it up!!