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The Skye in June

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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  206 ratings  ·  52 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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Susan
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
Sheri
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
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Jessica
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
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Laura
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
Kristi
Jul 02, 2011 Kristi rated it 5 of 5 stars
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,
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Ruth
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
"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
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
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Linda
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
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Rori
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
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Suzanne
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
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Ila
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
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Christine
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
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Mary
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
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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
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Kendra
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
Leah
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.
Ashley
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
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.
Jolie
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
【Sue1958】
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.
Jacqueline
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!!!
Jerry
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
wonderful book, hope june writes a sequel, the characters are great. this book should have received some kind of award. very entertaining, thanks!
Gaele
A sweet story, bringing the old country to the new.

Read my review at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1OV5VLB...
Maria
"The Skye in June" brought me back to my life in Glasgow Scotland many years ago where I was born. The author's use of the Scottish dialect and chosen words are perfectly correct. I can tell you as a Scot, this is exactly the way conversations would be like. I found myself enjoying speaking aloud the lines. Everything Miss Ahern wrote about religion struggles and how a woman from that era was too often treated by her husband, is completely true to life. The characters became family to me, they a ...more
Mary Paruch Ring
Ending was abrupt, unfinished

I enjoyed this book but would have loved to more of June, less of Catholics. I went to Catholic school so I had no need to relive it, plus June's issues in school were long and drawn out. What happens with Brian and Callie?? Unless there is second book coming, the ending was a huge disappointment.
Darla Alves
I LOVED this story. I read it twice. It was compelling family saga. Everyone I know - and that was a lot of readers because I shared it with my reading group and others, enjoyed the Skye in June. What got me troubled me was how cruel and judgmental people can be for those different than their own selves and beliefs. Watching the family change over time as the girls grow into teens is so real and written with much heart and insight, I recalled my own childhood and changes and the changes that occ ...more
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