Melding Spirits is a different read than our usual book review, but it was an easy read that kept me engaged in this young man’s life and engaged in finding out what was happening in his town.
Disclosure: I received this book to review through iREAD BOOK TOURS, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Twelve-year-old Evan Mason’s life has been turned upside down by the sudden death of his father. His mother isn’t home much, the insurance office during the day, waiting tables at night. Evan is spending a great deal of time alone.
Now he finds himself on a Greyhound bus headed for a small town on the Wabash River where he’ll spend the summer of 1958 with his loving grandmother.
Evan soon meets his new neighbor, Katie Dobbins. She’s a feisty blue-eyed girl with a ponytail, the type of girl Buddy Holly might sing about on American Bandstand. Evan is instantly enamored with her.
It seems the perfect summer is underway—but strange things are happening in the woods surrounding the Ghost Hill Indian Mound.
There’s a dark cloud lingering over the Wabash Valley—It won’t be long before it erupts into a raging storm.
I usually have a ‘genre’ – a ‘type’ – that I tend to read and Melding Spirits didn’t exactly fall into those categories. What made me pick the book is unknown to me, but I have to admit; I am glad that I did.
The book starts out heavily following 12 year old Evan who is being sent to his grandmother’s home for the summer. I wasn’t sure what to expect and expected to just follow this young man’s summer, but I ran head first into budding first love, unique characters (Riley was hands down a favorite) and murder.
Everything came together in a perfect ‘melding’ manner that kept me intrigued and reading – wanting to see what Evan was up to; what more he would learn and do with Riley; how things would develop between he and Katie; and how in the world these murders played into Evan’s life.
As mentioned before; it wasn’t our typical book review read, but it was a nice, welcoming break from our usual and still kept me thoroughly engaged and looking forward to my reading time in the evening. It wasn’t heavy on the romance and it wasn’t gripping in suspense and thrill. It was a calmer, welcoming read that allowed me to immerse myself in Evan’s world and join his journey through his summer with his grandmother.
If you are looking for something that is different but still has romance and mystery; Melding Spirits is a great option for similar yet a completely different writing style. I really don’t think you will be disappointed as I surely enjoyed it and found it to be a rather fast paced read that held my attention!
About the Author
Michael E. Burge grew up in the Chicago suburbs and a small town on the Wabash River in Southern Illinois.
In the late sixties, he left college to serve on a U.S. Navy destroyer out of Norfolk, Virginia. Upon leaving the service, he transitioned to a career in the burgeoning computer industry, positions in product management and marketing.
He is now pursuing his lifelong interest in writing, publishing his debut novel, Bryant’s Gap, in 2015 and his second, Melding Spirits, in 2017.
Michael also plays piano, paints, and is an avid golfer. He and his family currently live in Illinois.