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The Skye in June

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  262 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
June MacDonald’s fate is sealed the day she is born when her mother, Cathy, defies her husband Jimmy by giving their new daughter a pagan name instead of a Catholic saint’s, as is their tradition. The decision forever sets the MacDonald family on a course for disaster, and no one can foresee that June will grow up to threaten their strong religious beliefs. After a family ...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published (first published May 17th 1990)
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Jul 06, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a most engrossing tale of what it was like to grow up in San Francisco in tumultuous 1960s. Author Ahern has captured the magic of San Francisco perfectly and weaves a tale that is so captivating that it's hard to put the book down. Perhaps having grown up Catholic with all sisters (like the MacDonalds in this book) makes me susceptible to loving this book which is also about sisters experiencing the gamut of what was good and bad about Catholicism, and learning that there is a huge ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Skye in June (J. Ahern) is the unique story of June Mac Donald. Born in Scotland in the 50's her mother (Cathy), defiantly named her June. Her father Jimmy, who has strong Catholic beliefs, feels his daughter is fated an ill life due to this pagan Non-Catholic name. The family emigrates to America after a family tragedy, with the hopes of starting a new life.

June soon finds she is not the average girl. She has "visions" and "dreams" that she does not quite understand. When June begins to spe
Jun 12, 2012 Rori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I struggled through this one. The plot had a LOT of potential. The subject matter was appealing: Scottish family which emigrates to the US, conflicts of religion, complicated family relationships, political issues of the '50s & '60s. The development of the story could have been truly intriguing -- perhaps in the hands of a different author or with some [much] stronger editing.

Instead I found the characters to be maddening. Imperfect characters can be fascinating, but they must be developed
Mar 16, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this book through the First Reads program, and am quite glad I did because it was different than any book I have read before, which is such a plus in this day of cookie cutter mass market paperbacks.

This fictional book was the story of June's immigration to San Francisco from Scotland in the early 1950's. It delved into family dynamics - from sibling rivalry issues still common today, to marital hierarchies that are rare in today's society. The book immersed the reader in 1950's
Jan 30, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never become so completely immersed with the storyline and characters as I have in The Skye in June. At an older age, I am in college for the first time. I received the book on Monday and immediately fell in love with it. I would go to work, school, home to take care of my family, do homework and then I would go back to the book. I found myself up to almost 3am each morning as I hated to put the book down. I just finished it 10 minutes ago and I wish it had never ended. The main character ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people interested in family story, historical fiction, paranormal,
Recommended to Kristi by: June Ahern
I received this book for free from the author, via Smashwords, in exchange for a review.

The Skye in June is one of those books that will capture your heart and your mind.

Right from the beginning you can't help but feel for Cathy, as the opening scene is of her writhing in labor pains in the backseat of a taxi all alone. This is your introduction to Cathy, June, and the rest of the MacDonald clan.

All families have history, changing relationships with one another, emotions, individual thoughts,
Aug 17, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not read about this book so when I started it all I knew was that my aunt loved it. Although I have seen books about Irish immigrants, Polish, Italian and even Russian immigrants to the US it is rare to find a book about Scottish immigrants to the US. Since I am of Scottish ancestry it was extremely interesting to me. As the family moved from Scotland to San Francisco I learned a lot about Scottish legends, the Catholic Church, and mysticism. I was very impressed by the amount of research ...more
Sophie Schiller
Jul 14, 2012 Sophie Schiller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Skye in June" explores the sometimes incompatible relationship between mysticism and faith. The novel's protagonist, June MacDonald, was born with a rare gift of being able to see and hear what others can't. Is she a gifted psychic or a schizophrenic? Doctors wrestle with the question, her mother senses she knows a higher truth and her father rails against the growing schism in his family's traditional Catholicism. What power is driving June to tarot cards, makeshift altars and seeking out ...more
Stephanie Lindsay Hagen
Jan 04, 2013 Stephanie Lindsay Hagen rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
J. Ahern's, "The Skye In June", was difficult for me to read at first for two reasons. Firstly, I do not enjoy reading stories with a religious theme and secondly, June's life and my life had similar parallels. We both grew up in strict religious homes and we both questioned what we were taught at an early age to no avail. However, the more I read, the more I learned and became comfortable with the story.

Many emotions were stirred up in me. Anger at the father for his violent abuse towards his f
Sandra Stiles
Jun 30, 2015 Sandra Stiles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, paranormal
This was an excellent story. This book brings out just about every emotion you have. Cathy Jimmy and their five girls move to San Francisco after Cathy has another miscarriage and almost dies. Right from the very beginning I didn’t like Jimmy. He came across as selfish and disrespectful. I saw this in the hospital where Cathy was having her seventh child, another girl. The doctor wanted her to stay longer because she had a rough delivery and Jimmy didn’t care. He told her that her place was at h ...more
Jul 18, 2010 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The "Skye in June" started out with great promise. Set in Scotland where I lived for a couple of years, I was very interested in every single detail surrounding the featured family and their locale. The tale of an immigrating family is often full of people being brave, misunderstood, working extremely hard, as they try to adapt to their new surroundings, and this book is no exception.
I especially liked that June Ahern, the author, used Scottish colloquialisms, and then put in footnotes for tho
Nov 30, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
June was the only one in her family without a Christian name. She blamed her mother for all the misfortune that brought her. June was the youngest girl of a strict Scottish Catholic family. She was unusual which brought her severe discipline from a violent father and strict nuns. She was often accused of being a witch.
This is a tale of the time before the sixties when people were still intolerant of those who were different and sometimes seemingly strange.
It is a story of a dysfunctional family
Dec 12, 2011 Ila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won a free copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaways. I am so thankful that I was able to win this book. I don't throw around the term "favorite" too often, but this book has become one of my favorites. I was enthralled with the book from the first pages describing Cathy struggling with the difficult birth of her seventh daughter, June. The story perfectly blended death and sorrow, with growth, love, mysticism, and comedy. I loved each sister's unique personality. I loved learning abou ...more
Tiffany Tinkham-Graves
June and her family moves from their homeland to America for a better life. Her father sends her and her sisters to a Catholic school, but June has a special gift. She can see visions. She meets people in her young life that teaches her how to use this special gift. When her father finds out he demands that she doesn't use it anymore because of their faith. She secretly learns to read tarrot cards and to use her visions properly behind her father's back.

This was a good book and I loved it. Read
Jul 28, 2015 Deborah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I had known this was going to revolve around paganism, psychics, and goddess worship, I would never have downloaded it. Once I start a book, though, I feel a certain commitment to see it through.

On the writing style alone, the author has potential, but needs a first rate structural editor. There were flashes of storytelling that were quite good, but for the most part it needed refining. The omniscient narrator was not executed well, and this made for a distracting, head hopping read.

I can s
Apr 11, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book through the First Reads and am very happy I did. From the first chapter I was absorbed into the lives of the MacDonald sisters. Although June, the youngest, is the main focus of the book, her sisters are fully developed characters. Ahern fully transports the reader into the 1950/60's with carefully noted details. While that is interesting, it's really the relationships between mothers, daughters and sisters that drive this book.

Through the MacDonalds, the reader experi
Jul 29, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I am a child of the 60s and wanted to go to San Francisco with flowers in my hair! The Macdonalds come to SF from Glasgow, Scotland in the 60s and experience all of the hippies movement and the gay and lesbian group coming out. It was a wonderful time to grow up and be a part of a wonderful decade.

The book starts out with Cathy MacDonald going to the hospital to deliver her sixth child by herself. She has a girl and does not name her for a saint, instead she names her June. By
Kelley Ross
I received this novel through the first-reads program

The Skye in June is a charming novel with important political themes. With its standpoints on domestic abuse and tolerance of religion, the book can feel a little preachy at times... but is ultimately enjoyable in a homey, feel-good way. I enjoyed the last half of the book the most, because I felt like the family relationships became a much stronger part of the storyline then. After the girls began to grow up and June became a dynamic force in
Aug 19, 2015 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-won
I'm wavering between a 3 and a 4 on this one.

The story starts a little thin, but about halfway through it picks up. June talks older than she should when she's young, but that could be because she is psychic. It's a good story. Published in 2008 I have been sent an unedited first edition of the book by the author. I did fall in love with June. I was a bit surprised by the ending and wished the book could have gone on longer.

On second read it became a three. I find myself uncomfortable with the s
Dec 19, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. It was heartfelt and emotional, with a little bit of paranormal to make it all the more enticing. It follows the struggles of a young catholic girl named June who struggles to become accepted when she has psychic abilities that many Catholics, including her strict father, consider sinful. The reader finds themselves crying and struggling along with June and her sisters, appalled at some of the horrors they must face because they aren't living up to strict catholic stan ...more
The Skye in June is a dark, brooding story of a dysfunctional working-class Scottish family hiding deep secrets. It's not for the faint of heart as it's not chick lit, nor a bodice-ripper, though bodices were ripped. Ahern certainly captures the prejudice and antagonism between Catholics and Protestants in Glasgow during the 1950s. The second half of the story set in San Francisco, chronicles the tribulations of the Scottish immigrant family in America. However, the emphasis on Catholicism, witc ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book because it talked about the up and downs that all people go through in life. Jimmy the father, reminded me of my dad and how when I got older he also had a hard time understanding and being able to relate to me. Life can be hard, but the mother Cathy was the girls rock and after all the turmoil that went on in their lives she was able to keep it together. Thank you June for this story.
Arial Burnz
Jun 08, 2011 Arial Burnz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With lively characters and an engaging story, this was an enjoyable read. It's also an emotional read as you follow this family through very hard times and losing loved ones, but it also has its humor. This is a good book to curl up with.
Aug 14, 2012 Jolie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book...alot. It was a great look at a Scottish family, who immigrated to America, that has to come to term with Catholicism and the family's pagan roots. Very well written. I will read this book again.
Christina Escamilla
The book does have some spacing and editorial errors that can be distracting at times. Moreover, the Glaswegian accent is extremely strong and takes some getting used to. This, coupled with a very slow start can make one trudge through the first half of the book. However, from the middle point on the book is a fascinating look at a family of immigrants and their extraordinary daughter. This is largely a coming-of-age story that pits the strict structures of the Catholic faith against the free-sp ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Sue1958 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my best reads. My type of book, the authors details were very clear, very flowing and it played out in my head perfectly.

Life can be hard for many, never give up.
Mar 15, 2011 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book. Trials, Tribulations, Joy and Sorrow are all parts of this fantastic and magical tale. :) I would strongly recommend people read The Skye in June!!!
Jun 04, 2011 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her take on the two settings story takes place in, Scotland and San Francisco, I've been and the descriptive are right on. Good story and recommended it to others.
Linda Rubel
Aug 01, 2011 Linda Rubel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful book, hope june writes a sequel, the characters are great. this book should have received some kind of award. very entertaining, thanks!
Jul 15, 2012 Gaele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, reviewed
A sweet story, bringing the old country to the new.

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