THE SUMMER WE CAME TO LIFE
This novel takes an interesting look at the battle between science and religion/spirituality. The author provides adequate evidence to appease readers on both sides of the argument. The older characters provide great historical context in their personal stories and insight into the never-ending differences among generations. This novel is more educational and inspirational than entertaining, but it’s still a worthy read.
Samantha Wheland is still reeling from the death of her best friend Mina but seeks comfort from her friends, Isabel and Kendra, and their parents. On a vacation in Honduras, Samantha has a near-death experience that brings her face to face with Mina’s ghost. In an alternate universe, Samantha discovers there is a fine line between what the eyes can see and what the mind interprets. (MIRA, Jun., 320 pp., $14.95)