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May 28, 2016

JUNE - A Novel- written by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

MAY 31, 2016
A Novel
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

(from cover flap)
 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.

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (May 31, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553447688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553447682
Miranda Beverly-WhittemoreI write novels. My third, New York Times bestseller Bittersweet, is set at the home on Lake Champlain where I spent my summers as a little girl. But that's where the resemblance to life ends - the place, renamed Winloch in the book - is inhabited by a family of deliciously bad people. I wrote Bittersweet for people like me, who love The Secret History and The Emperor's Children; it's a literary beach read.

My first two novels were published in 2005 and 2007. My next novel, June, will be out in 2016.

Based in some part on my own experience being photographed by two fine arts photographers, Jock Sturges and Mona Kuhn, I started my first novel, The Effects of Light, to answer the question most Americans seemed to ask when I explained this photographic work to them--would I still love it if an innocent died because that work had been made?

My second novel, Set Me Free, was based in part on the time I spent on the Crow reservation in high school, the legacy of my counter cultural parents, and the complications of their generation of liberal do gooders. The book was also an homage to my theater school-aged days and based on The Tempest. 

 Setting: St. Jude, Ohio   1955-2015
This is a combination of past alternating narratives.  Although you would think it would be confusing, the author wrote it in such a way that the reader doesn't get lost.  The story holds a little suspense, not so much that you don't enjoy.The film, Erie Canal,  is set in  St. Jude, a small town. St. Jude comes alive. The author describes the characters and the scenes with such detail you can actual picture them in your mind. Twists and turns.
Cassie Danvers is in mourning, but is it much more. She has so much to look forward to, but doesn't smile, doesn't take care of the everyday rituals such as taking a shower, clean clothes, brushing hair. You want to feel for her but then again, get a grip.  Of course, she is devastated by her grandmother June's death. Her grandmother has raised her but what good does it do to isolate yourself in your grandmother's run down
 mansion?  Cassie is young and has her whole life ahead of her. The film is to be made centered around the small town's  mansion.  So many secrets that have been hidden for years, will they come to the surface, and what will happen if they do?  Everybody  has some secrets, either past or present and every town has oh, so many, secrets. The author gives you, the reader, a little bit of everything, lies, secrets,mystery, heartbreak and of course, romance and all that goes with it.All with a Hollywood touch. What a love story, but love is not always kind.  The author us that love connection which has murder and blackmail standing over it. You wonder who is in love? Well it's between Cassie and ? from Hollywood.  You couldn't want for more. The author keeps you wondering what will come next as you turn the pages. What will happen next?

I received this book from the author, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore and Blogging For Books in exchange for my unbiased book review. No other compensation took place. 

I would give this book 5  STARS.



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