Lynne Griffin's haunting and exquisite debut "Life Without Summer" is a book that seeps into your heart and doesn't let go. Tessa Gray is being eaten alive by grief. Tessa's world turns the darkest steel gray the moment she loses her adorable 4-year-old daughter in a horrific hit and accident outside of Abby's pre-school. From that day forward Tessa's very existence is measured in "days without" Abby. Tessa's personal cartographer helping her map her journey through the twisted abyss of loss is therapist Celia Reed. Though Tessa wears grief like armor Celia attempts to help Tessa not be blinded by her "bleak crusade for justice."
While helping Tessa navigate this heart-crushing unchartered territory, she finds out that X marks the spot for some bruised terrain in her own life. Her troubled teen-aged son, her alcoholic ex-husband and her fledgling marriage have Celia unearthing things perhaps left buried. Two souls intertwine in surprising ways--the answers one woman seeks turns out to be the other's only chance for serenity.
"Life Without Summer" maps the intersecting roads between loves, marriage, truth and healing. It is a beautiful trip you’ll be glad you've taken, but you may be a bit sad to reach the end--savor every moment of "Life Without Summer."