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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynne Griffin Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781423390565
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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, Life Without Summer illuminates connections between love, marriage, truth, and forgiveness no listener will forget.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Bloski | 2/13/2014

    " Heartbreaking and truly touching... I loved this book. The ease in which it was written make this book an enjoyable read. You feel the emotions and are literally spent by the end. Great read and I absolutely recommend this to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 2/9/2014

    " Though I figured out the ending on my own, about half way through, I still enjoyed the journey on which Griffin led me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 2/8/2014

    " So well written. I can't recommend it highly enough. Don't be put off by the subject, a mom who is journaling her way through the grief of losing her four-year-old daughter and the mom's therapist's struggles with her own family. Griffin has a gift for writing dialogue captures very different personalities realistically, while seamlessly moving the plot along. One of the best books I have read in a while. Go get this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/1/2014

    " It took me a while to settle into the author's style (two narrators)... but in the end, I really think it was clever! I could see the two women's paths changing, merging... and for the last half of the book, I had a very hard time putting it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saultz.McKenzie | 1/28/2014

    " I thought this book was very good!! i would love to read it again! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/21/2014

    " I don't know if you can "enjoy" a book about such a sad subject, but I liked the two story lines and wanted to know what happened in both Tessa and Celia's lives. The only thing that bothered me was the sometimes preachy tone that the author employs - sometimes it was very obvious that she is a family and parenting expert. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tk0339 | 1/21/2014

    " suspenseful story about a woman who looses her 4 year old daughter to a hit and run accident. a few twists and turns. easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianna Kemper | 1/16/2014

    " I thought this would be a good book for "Compassionate Friends", but it may be too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/1/2014

    " A good read that tells the story of two women, the death of children, healing, hope and relationships. I thought it ended suddenly, but it was wrapped up nicely if that makes any sense. I guess I was hoping for more of an afterword. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 11/28/2013

    " A good book - it gained speed pretty quickly as the story unfolded. You could say the ending was a bit predictable but the author tried to not make it so. It was her first book and certainly better than some others I have read recently (like Anita Shreve). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 11/24/2013

    " This was one of the best books I have read in awhile.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanie | 11/24/2013

    " Heart-rending little drama. Compelling but easily forgotten after reading--I enjoyed it but it didn't stay with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CeeAnne | 11/10/2013

    " This is such a sad, disturbing story to read as a parent. Honestly, I predicted the ending very early on. Fans of Jodi Picoult would enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey Samples | 9/26/2013

    " The characters reminded me of a few people that I know. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannette Millard-farmer | 7/31/2013

    " I really enjoyed this. It was a bit difficult at times because I'm a mother myself, but it was so worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 marcy | 6/5/2013

    " A sad and disturbing story. A mother's (or father's) worst nightmare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 12/23/2012

    " This was a great book! The characterizations and interpersonal issues were very realistic. I didn't want the book to end, yet couldn't put the book down. I was eager to find out the resolution of the many issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Gruber | 11/8/2012

    " Life Without Summer draws readers in to experience the pain and horror of a parent losing a child. Ms. Griffin did an excellent job making the characters real and the storyline difficult, emotional, and bittersweet. This was her first novel and I look forward to reading more from her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Okanagan Regional | 11/28/2011

    " First-time author, scores full points with her poignant & realistic depiction of a young mother dealing with the accidental death of her 4 year old daughter. Part mystery, part domestic fiction, check this book out for a compelling (yet hopeful) emotional ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Gatacre | 11/8/2011

    " This was an ok read. I was expecting it to be a bit different but it made sense in the end why it was so much about the other character. So I felt it was just an ok read. Had a hard time really getting into this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 10/9/2011

    " I loved this book. I could not put it down. It was a very sad book but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Frank | 9/15/2011

    " The dumb, conventional cover belies the well-constructed story which lifts it above the Lifetime-television-for-women initial impression I had. After a long string of books where none of the characters were sympathetic, all these are fully drawn and sympathetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snyder, Donna | 9/4/2011

    " Too much jumping around "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/23/2011

    " One of the best books I'd read in a while. A very emotional story that I think was very well-written. It wasn't too much, just enough to bring you to tears and then make you feel hopeful again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fabienne | 5/9/2011

    " Good book. Not great, but a good enough read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 4/28/2011

    " I started this book, but can't finish it. I can't face the grief in the book right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Okanagan | 4/27/2011

    " First-time author, scores full points with her poignant & realistic depiction of a young mother dealing with the accidental death of her 4 year old daughter. Part mystery, part domestic fiction, check this book out for a compelling (yet hopeful) emotional ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tk0339 | 4/21/2011

    " suspenseful story about a woman who looses her 4 year old daughter to a hit and run accident. a few twists and turns. easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 12/29/2010

    " This is such a sad, disturbing story to read as a parent. Honestly, I predicted the ending very early on. Fans of Jodi Picoult would enjoy this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casey | 10/21/2010

    " Didn't love it. Didn't hate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 8/20/2010

    " The characters reminded me of a few people that I know. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 8/11/2010

    " Good book but too predictable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 8/10/2010

    " I could not put this one down! A tiny bit of swearing, but not enough to ruin the book. I'd totally recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 8/9/2010

    " Though I figured out the ending on my own, about half way through, I still enjoyed the journey on which Griffin led me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/17/2010

    " About 50 pages in I knew how it was going to end. I actually think I read another author that wrote the same story "

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About the Author
Author Lynne Griffin

Lynne Griffin, a nationally recognized family life expert, is the author of Life Without Summer and the nonfiction parenting title Negotiation Generation. She is a frequent radio and television guest and has written for national parenting and writing magazines. Griffin teaches at Wheelock College and Grub Street Writers. She lives with her family outside Boston.

About the Narrator

Tanya Eby is a narrator and novelist who has narrated more than fifty New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, earning two AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has a BA in English language and literature from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her children.