June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

June

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named th...


Details June

TitleJune
Author
Release DateMay 31st, 2016
PublisherBroadway Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Adult, Favorites
Rating

Reviews June

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    2016-06-12
    This book blew me away. I read the blurb for the book, I went to Amazon and read some of the pages where you can read inside. I thought about it. I looked at not so great reviews. I looked at great reviews. I thought it sounded pretty good to me but I wasn't sure I would like it. And then I thought, I'm just going to take a chance on this book because my tastes vary per book. I read pretty much every genre of book and I feel differently about eac...
  • Diane S ☔
    2016-05-17
    2.5 Much lighter fare than I usually read. Somewhat fluffy bordering on frothy. Still a welcome break from the heavies, will make a good beach read. An event that effects generations, a movie star and a young girl, two storylines, past and present, and a fortune hangs in the balance. In the past a young girl named Lindy is a super character, my favorite by far. So a relatively fun read but not a whole lot of depth.ARC from librarything.
  • Esil
    2016-03-29
    3.25 stars. June had many flaws and it's very much on the light side, but it kept me reading so it's a bit more than 3 stars. June is set in St-Jude, Ohio, and covers two time periods. The earlier story set in 1955 focuses on friends June and Lindie, and what happened the summer a major Hollywood movie featuring a couple of big stars was shot in St-Jude. The second timeline focuses on Cassie, who is June's granddaughter. Cassie has come to live i...
  • Book of Secrets
    2016-03-08
    It was a joy getting to live inside this book for a few days, and one that will stay with me after finishing. JUNE is a beautifully written family saga and love story - many love stories, actually. It's told in dual time periods, beginning in the present, when Cassie learns she's to inherit the fortune of famous 50s movie star Jack Montgomery. But why? The story flows back and forth between the present and 1955, the year Hollywood descended on th...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2016-03-23
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.This book was an okay read for me. It was the kind of book that was pretty good but I still found myself wanting more throughout the story. I knew going into this book that it was going to be told through dual timelines which doesn't always work for me because I usually enjoy one timeline more than the other. I really liked both of the timelines about equally in this book but I found both lack...
  • joyce g
    2017-01-04
    A most enjoyable read, filled with family drama, old friendships and a delicious old mansion.
  • Carrie
    2016-02-02
    After Cassie Danvers grandmother June passes away Cassie finds herself holed up in the old family mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio as she mourns. Surrounded by the ghosts of the past Cassie finds herself questioning everything she's ever known when a man shows up at her door claiming that she has inherited the fortune of an actor Jack Montgomery.Jack has said in his will that Cassie is his granddaughter but of course his own children are going to ...
  • Bailey
    2016-01-30
    I'm waiting to give this a rating, but this is without a doubt one of the most thoroughly enjoyable books I've read in the last year or two, if not more. This is a captivating dual timeline story, on one hand about the pressure on a young woman in 2015 whose life has fallen down around her, and on the other, about the complete hidden history surrounding a classic movie star scandal. What I loved most is that this book does not gloss over what lif...
  • DeB MaRtEnS
    2016-09-24
    Part way through, I became bored to tears. Read up on GR reviews and decided that, past time period aside, there wasn't much moving this overladen plot moving. Bye, book. A better flavour for someone else...
  • Judy Collins
    2016-02-02
    A special thank you to Crown and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Talented storyteller, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore returns following Bittersweet (2014) with a compelling atmospheric tale of dual timelines---JUNE, a blending of past and present, rich in history, suspense, and intrigue, a grandmother’s secret past, sacrifice, friendship, and a mysterious Hollywood lover. Would make for a spectacular movie! An old histo...
  • Christine Zibas
    2016-05-24
    What better month to read a novel titled June? It's the first real month of summer, and that typically means easy, often mindless beach reading. All that's required is a good story to keep readers engrossed. Mysteries often fit the bill perfectly. As for this one, the central storyline seems to revolve around a young girl currently living in a rundown mansion in a small town in Ohio, an inheritance from her grandmother (the June of the book's tit...
  • Marjorie
    2016-02-08
    I loved how this book starts out with the old crumbling mansion, Two Oaks, as a character in its own right, dreaming away about the past and ignoring the newcomer who has taken up residence in it. Cassie has taken over the mansion in St. Jude after her grandmother’s death. Cassie begins to have nightly dreams of 18-year-old June and her friend, 14-year-old Lindy, which turn out to be the flashback story of her grandmother’s life. Back in 1955...
  • Kristy
    2016-03-16
    Cassie is twenty-five and living in the dilapidated mansion, Two Oaks, she inherited from her grandmother, June. The house is literally falling down around her: also a pretty good metaphor for Cassie's life. She's fled her life as an artist in New York and come to St. Jude, Ohio, to grieve for her grandmother and lick her wounds. That basically amounts to hiding in the house, ignoring the phone, and letting the mail (and bills) pile up around her...
  • Oreoandlucy
    2017-04-07
    A more complete review is available on my blog:http://reviewsofbooksonmynightstand.b...This book moves a bit slower than I am accustomed to. The writing was fluid but it just wasn't as exciting as I was hoping that it would be. There were a few surprises in the book but the main shockers really weren't shockers for me. That is not to say that it was not enjoyable but just not as exciting as I was hoping for. The story was an interesting one and I...
  • Terri
    2016-02-25
    This is a page turner of a book. Dual timelines and twist and turns abound in this fabulous novel . 25 year old Cassie suffering from depression is holed up in her family's crumbling mansion. One day a knock at the door reveals she has been left a fortune by her Hollywood star grandfather she never knew she had. She has a hard time believing her prim and proper grandmother would keep such a secret like this for decades. Loved this book!
  • Fictionophile
    2015-12-10
    Two years ago I read and reviewed a novel called “Bittersweet“ by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore so when I was offered a spot on the TLC Book Tour for her new novel I jumped at the chance!Like “Bittersweet” this new novel is peopled with realistic and well-developed characters. Some are likable and some are not – but they all engage the reader.“June” is written with a dual time line: the present and 1955. Eerily for me, the 1955 time li...
  • Elizabeth
    2016-06-17
    by Miranda Beverly-WhittemoreFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolati...
  • Leah
    2016-02-20
    Would it be a total cop-out for me to say go buy a copy NOW and be done with it? Because, essentially, that's what this review (read: incoherent flailing and gushing) amounts to - a love letter to this beautiful, haunting book of the glamorous days of old school Hollywood, a small town turned upside-down by the arrival of a film crew, and a secret steadfastly kept close for over sixty years.For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Go...
  • Renee M
    2017-03-04
    I really enjoyed this mystery, peopled (in part) with characters from golden era Hollywood. The clash of small town versus movie star glam and sincerity versus manipulation worked in both time periods. Lots of good twists. Plus, the ending was great.
  • Annie ~ The Misstery
    2016-07-11
    Read the review here >> June is another one of those stories where a young girl inherits a big house (seriously, what do I have to do for this to happen to me?), but not only that. Cassie, twenty-five years old and watching her life crumble before her eyes, is told that she’s about to inherit several million dollars from Jack Montgomery, a film star from the golden era who has just died. But why her? Could this all be related to her grandmothe...
  • Donna
    2016-09-27
    This is my first novel by this author. This story takes place in dual time frames. I liked the story line. It also had a couple of twists that had me saying, "Very nice." I always like it when I can be surprised. The house as a character was a little weird, but it was a minor role and it was basically used to help move the story forward. It toggled back and forth from the 50's to current day. The author writes likable characters that posses their...
  • Cindy
    2017-01-31
    After struggling through the first 100 pages and almost calling it quits I finally finished and can honestly say it was a fairly good book! Definitely not a page turner but enough action and drama (after 100 pages!) to keep me interested in the outcome of the story. Cassie, the main character, receives a huge inheritance from a film star who recently passed away. Why did she receive this and what does this have to do with her grandmother June? Ca...
  • Coleen (The Book Ramblings)
    2016-10-25
    June is a novel that I have heard all across the book community, as well as the internet. Upon reading the synopsis, I could not wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! One aspect to Miranda’s writing that I simply adore is how well-developed and realistic the characters are in this story, and the emotions that are felt throughout, too. Typically, I am not fond of dual timelines, but it worked really well for this storytelling, and I think...
  • Pam Jenoff
    2016-11-25
    An intriguing tale of Cassie, a young woman who returns to her ancestral home only to find she is the heir to the estate of a movie star she never met. What follows is a colorful feud with the movie star's daughters and an epic revelation of the hidden past that he shared with Cassie's own grandmother. A rich and rewarding read!
  • Katiria
    2017-05-28
    Review of June on Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviewshttp://katisbookaholicramblingreviews...Ohh what an fantastic and amazing book June was for me it was so full of Hollywood juicy gossips, secrets, mystery, blackmail, revenge and so much more. I tell you when I first read the synopsis of June it caught my attention and I was really close not picking this book up, but what can I say the synopsis really intrigued me so. Plus I don't read fiction l...
  • Laurel-Rain
    2016-03-28
    When Cassie Danvers’ grandmother June died, she left her the huge old house, Two Oaks, in St. Jude, Ohio, built in 1895.Cassie left New York and the loft she’d shared with her ex-boyfriend, but once she took possession of the house, she seemed to be sleeping her life away. There was much that needed to be done to the home and the surrounding gardens, but she couldn’t seem to manage it all. Nor could she find the energy to pursue her photogr...
  • Patty
    2016-04-27
    What it's all about...Cassie inherits $14,000 from her grandmother June's estate. In addition to the money she inherits June's beautiful old house...Twin Oaks. Twin Oaks is literally a total mess. It's a house so lovely that Cassie can't stand it but it is a house so uncared for that the ceilings sag and the pipes are broken and the furnace no longer works. Cassie hasn't opened a bill or answered the phone since her escape to Twin Oaks. However.....
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2017-05-31
    The eye-catching cover perfectly suited the house as a character in this novel; yet another book I've read recently where this was a well-done theme. The author writes beautifully, and this was an easy, fun read that kept me entertained. Thanks to the author and the publisher, I won a complimentary copy. This was my unsolicited review.