June by Miranda Beverly Whittemore
Fiction. Historical fiction. Mystery
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 the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery’s vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?
Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal.
As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages. -Goodreads Synopsis
I’m always honest on my reviews, even when the book is given to me. I must say I have really mixed feelings about this book. I really wanted to love it. The storyline is wonderful. The characters are fabulous….especially the house who is a character itself!
The story goes between June of 1950s and June of present day. I love books that are solving a mystery of present day through glimpses of the perspective of the past.
Somewhere between the wonderful plot and fabulous characters something fell short for me. After I finished the book and was thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that it was simply too wordy. I think 100 pages could have been easily cut out and it would have been perfect. At least there was such a great story behind all the words what I was still able to enjoy it, just not as much as I could have.
Thank you to blogging for books for sending me this copy of June in exchange for an honest review.