Book Review

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel


I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my review at all.

About the Book;

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

My Thoughts;

I wasn’t quite sure about this book. Reading the blurb about it, I figured I might as well give it a shot because I normally read nothing but romance type books. I’m going to be quite honest and say that it did take me a little while to get into the book but once I did, I didn’t want to put it down. At all. It honestly surprised me how much I was mesmerized by this book. It touched me like I don’t remember any other book doing before – See, this book touches on some really powerful and controversial issues such as religion, racism, AIDS, child abuse and homophobia, However it doesn’t seem like a preachy book. This book makes me realize that things really haven’t changed a whole lot since the 80’s. I was born in September of 1984, and some of my earliest memories that I can remember come in late 1987 so I wasn’t really all that aware of things that were going on in 1984.

I can’t thank Tiffany McDaniel, NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press enough for a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author;

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An Ohio native, Tiffany McDaniel’s writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows.  She is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and artist.  The Summer that Melted Everything is her debut novel.

Read More about the book & Anything the author has going on at her website.







*Many thanks to author Tiffany McDaniel and St. Martin’s Press for providing my copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. 

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