Sixteen years after the night that changed everything, forty-five year-old Ava Burris longs to be something more than “Judge Mommy.” Just when this dream seems most elusive a postcard sets her on a new course - back to an old time. Ava’s journey north to New England leaves time to wonder - will it still feel the same or like a place she’s never been? Will there be familiar voices and laughter? Love?
It’s all a risk but Ava realizes that at this point in her life hope and despair improbably lead to the same place - Faraway Cabins, a now-abandoned New Hampshire resort bathed in the delicate shadings of romance and loss. She’s headed back to a reunion with her much younger lover, to a rewinding of everything that has gone right and wrong with her life. Her teenage kids are appalled that mom has come out of mothballs in such a spectacular way. Is she really going to marry this guy Tom? Ava’s math-major son is sure Tom is after the family money. Her daughter wonders if she can borrow “stepdude” for the junior prom. Neither child knows that this man who makes their mother’s spirits soar was also the fearless rock who stood firm amid the swirling ashes of her greatest sorrow.
With its warm, endearing characters and unforgettable settings, “Summer’s Lease” will take you on a hauntingly lyrical journey through grief’s eternal shadow to love’s eternal embrace.