June, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Published May 31st 2016 by Crown
Hardcover, 400 pages
Source: Blogging for Books
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.
I absolutely loved Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s last book, Bittersweet, a dark and kind of gothic summer romance and mystery. I couldn’t wait to dive into more family secrets in June. I’m always fascinated by a plot with a mysterious will. When it’s the will of a movie star with a fortune – even better!
When we meet Cassie she’s living alone in her grandparents mansion in rural Ohio. She’s inherited the home after her beloved grandmother’s death and she’s holed up and letting the world pass her by. I admit I was a bit frustrated with Cassie at first. I wanted her to do something – anything! So it was much easier to be drawn back into the past to the story of the young and beautiful June, Jack the movie star, and Lindie the girl across the street. As I became more caught up in the past it helped me to become more interested in Cassie’s modern mystery and I was glad when Cassie started getting caught up in the past as well. I liked getting June’s story through Lindie rather than June herself. Lindie was quite the observer and I think gave a much richer perspective than June would have.
This was a slow burn, but Beverly-Whittemore ended in directions that I didn’t expect at all with both the past and modern stories. What I really loved was the personality that the old house had. Not in a creepy haunted house way at all – more a romantic and mystical presence. This is definitely a good book to sit and finish the summer with!
Thank you Blogging for Books for this advance copy in exchange for an honest review!