A Novel

eBook - 2016
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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.

Praise for June

"Intrigue? Yes, please. Scandals and surprise inheritances? All the yesses! . . . Savor every page of this twisty novel." -- Cosmopolitan

"Cinematic." -- Vanity Fair

"An enthralling story of Hollywood glamour, first love and shifting loyalties . . . June invites readers to sink into its narrative the way Cassie sinks into the embrace of Two Oaks: with a thirst for a good story and a tall glass of lemonade." -- Shelf Awareness

"[It's] the perfect kind of literary love story, a thrilling Hollywood plot of murder and blackmail commingled with the steady, capacious Midwest. Best read with a glass of cold lemonade." -- Andrew Unger (BookCourt), New York Post

"From Castle Otranto to Wuthering Heights, houses have inhabited our fictions for centuries, shaping the narrative and characters. In Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's absorbing Gothic mystery, June , Two Oaks, a mansion in rural Ohio, influences the dreams and desires of the two generations of unyielding women. . . . [A] bittersweet love story hidden beneath blackmail and murder."-- Minneapolis Star Tribune
Publisher: New York : Crown/Archetype, 2016.
ISBN: 9780553447699
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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SPL_Melanie Aug 24, 2018

Cassie Danvers inherits her grandmother June's crumbling mansion in small town St Jude, upon June's death, and tries to recover from her resultant depression - only to discover she's somehow inherited a fortune from a stranger named Jack. The book shifts between its contemporary setting, as Jack's Hollywood daughters arrive to contest Cassie's claim, and 1955 St Jude, when Hollywood first came to town and June met Jack. The settings are both handled well, with the house itself becoming a character binding the two generations

JCLCatherineG Feb 12, 2017

The plot was interesting but what really kept me reading was the setting; a crumbling old mansion that had memories and feelings of the past generations that lived there. I loved how the house gave its new owner scenes of her grandmother from the past by seeping into her dreams. It was an intriguing element in the book.

DBRL_ANNEG Aug 09, 2016

A decent summertime read. The author did a nice job moving back and forth through time as she laid out the events of the 1950s when a Hollywood movie came to small town Ohio and ended up having long-lasting repercussions. Whenever I picked this book up, I found myself wrapped up in the story--I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to know what exactly had happened. And the author made me wait--this is a book that slowly unwraps itself, giving tantalizing hints of what is to come. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore knows how to write an atmospheric story, full of rich detail that make it easy to imagine you're living in the world she's created.

If I had any complaints it would be that I had a hard time keeping track of some of the minor characters and just how they fit in to the world of St. Jude. Ironically, they play an important part. I just think they weren't integrated into the story as smoothly as they could have been. I also was surprised how minor the title character, June, turned out to be in her own story!

I do look forward to reading more from this author.

Jul 29, 2016

This was a very satisfying read. I cared about all of the characters, and I especially appreciated the lessons taught, including self-service and delayed gratification. I was content with the ending yet disappointed to finish and put it down.

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