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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,326 ratings  ·  631 reviews
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 k
Hardcover, 379 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Crown
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

This book blew me away. I read the blurb for the book, I went to Amazon and read some of the pages where you can read inside. I thought about it. I looked at not so great reviews. I looked at great reviews. I thought it sounded pretty good to me but I wasn't sure I would like it. And then I thought, I'm just going to take a chance on this book because my tastes vary per book. I read pretty much every genre of book and I feel differently about each one. THEN, I finally made my choice to pick this
Diane S ☔
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 Much lighter fare than I usually read. Somewhat fluffy bordering on frothy. Still a welcome break from the heavies, will make a good beach read. An event that effects generations, a movie star and a young girl, two storylines, past and present, and a fortune hangs in the balance. In the past a young girl named Lindy is a super character, my favorite by far. So a relatively fun read but not a whole lot of depth.

ARC from librarything.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.25 stars. June had many flaws and it's very much on the light side, but it kept me reading so it's a bit more than 3 stars. June is set in St-Jude, Ohio, and covers two time periods. The earlier story set in 1955 focuses on friends June and Lindie, and what happened the summer a major Hollywood movie featuring a couple of big stars was shot in St-Jude. The second timeline focuses on Cassie, who is June's granddaughter. Cassie has come to live in St-Jude in June's old mansion following her gran ...more
Diana | Book of Secrets
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was a joy getting to live inside this book for a few days, and one that will stay with me after finishing. JUNE is a beautifully written family saga and love story - many love stories, actually. It's told in dual time periods, beginning in the present, when Cassie learns she's to inherit the fortune of famous 50s movie star Jack Montgomery. But why? The story flows back and forth between the present and 1955, the year Hollywood descended on the tiny town of St. Jude, Ohio. Did Cassie's grandm ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

This book was an okay read for me. It was the kind of book that was pretty good but I still found myself wanting more throughout the story. I knew going into this book that it was going to be told through dual timelines which doesn't always work for me because I usually enjoy one timeline more than the other. I really liked both of the timelines about equally in this book but I found both lacking in certain ways. I did enjoy the book enough t
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Part way through, I became bored to tears. Read up on GR reviews and decided that, past time period aside, there wasn't much moving this overladen plot moving. Bye, book. A better flavour for someone else... ...more
joyce g
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A most enjoyable read, filled with family drama, old friendships and a delicious old mansion.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
After Cassie Danvers grandmother June passes away Cassie finds herself holed up in the old family mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio as she mourns. Surrounded by the ghosts of the past Cassie finds herself questioning everything she's ever known when a man shows up at her door claiming that she has inherited the fortune of an actor Jack Montgomery.

Jack has said in his will that Cassie is his granddaughter but of course his own children are going to fight to see that the fortune doesn't go to this g
I'm waiting to give this a rating, but this is without a doubt one of the most thoroughly enjoyable books I've read in the last year or two, if not more. This is a captivating dual timeline story, on one hand about the pressure on a young woman in 2015 whose life has fallen down around her, and on the other, about the complete hidden history surrounding a classic movie star scandal. What I loved most is that this book does not gloss over what life was like in the golden age for those who didn't ...more
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Secrets and murder and blackmail, oh my! Young Cassie Danvers is mourning the loss of her grandmother, June, when she learns she is heir to the vast fortune of a film star. How did her grandmother cross paths with the famous actor? And why did he leave Cassie all his money? When Jack’s daughters come looking for answers, together with Cassie, they’ll slowly uncover what happened on a fateful day sixty years before. June is a perfect blend of mystery and family drama.
Backlist bump: Bittersweet by
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Crown and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Talented storyteller, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore returns following Bittersweet (2014) with a compelling atmospheric tale of dual timelines---JUNE, a blending of past and present, rich in history, suspense, and intrigue, a grandmother’s secret past, sacrifice, friendship, and a mysterious Hollywood lover. Would make for a spectacular movie!

An old historic mansion estate, a small rural Ohio Midwestern t
Rebecca Renner
I went into my reading of June by Miranda Beverly-Wittemore with excitement. The blurbs all touted its portrayal of Hollywood’s golden age. Murder, you say? Dark family secrets? All in a beautiful mansion that has fallen into disrepair? That’s totally in my wheelhouse, so I jumped on it as soon as I could. By now, I should know better than to go into a novel with so many expectations. Luckily, I wasn’t totally let down. Although June is far from being perfect, it ultimately delivers on its promi ...more
Christine Zibas
What better month to read a novel titled June? It's the first real month of summer, and that typically means easy, often mindless beach reading. All that's required is a good story to keep readers engrossed. Mysteries often fit the bill perfectly.

As for this one, the central storyline seems to revolve around a young girl currently living in a rundown mansion in a small town in Ohio, an inheritance from her grandmother (the June of the book's title), who took over raising Cassie when both of her
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved how this book starts out with the old crumbling mansion, Two Oaks, as a character in its own right, dreaming away about the past and ignoring the newcomer who has taken up residence in it. Cassie has taken over the mansion in St. Jude after her grandmother’s death. Cassie begins to have nightly dreams of 18-year-old June and her friend, 14-year-old Lindy, which turn out to be the flashback story of her grandmother’s life. Back in 1955, June was engaged to be married, which Lindy feels is ...more
Cassie is twenty-five and living in the dilapidated mansion, Two Oaks, she inherited from her grandmother, June. The house is literally falling down around her: also a pretty good metaphor for Cassie's life. She's fled her life as an artist in New York and come to St. Jude, Ohio, to grieve for her grandmother and lick her wounds. That basically amounts to hiding in the house, ignoring the phone, and letting the mail (and bills) pile up around her. But even she can't ignore the constant ringing o ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A more complete review is available on my blog:

This book moves a bit slower than I am accustomed to. The writing was fluid but it just wasn't as exciting as I was hoping that it would be. There were a few surprises in the book but the main shockers really weren't shockers for me. That is not to say that it was not enjoyable but just not as exciting as I was hoping for. The story was an interesting one and I do think that it is good for those who enjoy wome
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a page turner of a book. Dual timelines and twist and turns abound in this fabulous novel . 25 year old Cassie suffering from depression is holed up in her family's crumbling mansion. One day a knock at the door reveals she has been left a fortune by her Hollywood star grandfather she never knew she had. She has a hard time believing her prim and proper grandmother would keep such a secret like this for decades. Loved this book! ...more
Two years ago I read and reviewed a novel called “Bittersweet“ by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore so when I was offered a spot on the TLC Book Tour for her new novel I jumped at the chance!

Like “Bittersweet” this new novel is peopled with realistic and well-developed characters. Some are likable and some are not – but they all engage the reader.

“June” is written with a dual time line: the present and 1955. Eerily for me, the 1955 time line mirrored the exact dates I was reading the novel. I guess the
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! The hardcover has been sitting in my tbr pile since it was published. What a great time to read June in June.
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
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 legend
Would it be a total cop-out for me to say go buy a copy NOW and be done with it? Because, essentially, that's what this review (read: incoherent flailing and gushing) amounts to - a love letter to this beautiful, haunting book of the glamorous days of old school Hollywood, a small town turned upside-down by the arrival of a film crew, and a secret steadfastly kept close for over sixty years.

For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
Renee M
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this mystery, peopled (in part) with characters from golden era Hollywood. The clash of small town versus movie star glam and sincerity versus manipulation worked in both time periods. Lots of good twists. Plus, the ending was great.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
This is my first novel by this author. This story takes place in dual time frames. I liked the story line. It also had a couple of twists that had me saying, "Very nice." I always like it when I can be surprised. The house as a character was a little weird, but it was a minor role and it was basically used to help move the story forward.

It toggled back and forth from the 50's to current day. The author writes likable characters that posses their own individual quirks. They are damaged and flawe
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
After struggling through the first 100 pages and almost calling it quits I finally finished and can honestly say it was a fairly good book! Definitely not a page turner but enough action and drama (after 100 pages!) to keep me interested in the outcome of the story. Cassie, the main character, receives a huge inheritance from a film star who recently passed away. Why did she receive this and what does this have to do with her grandmother June? Cassie moves back into her family's mansion inherite ...more
Pam Jenoff
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing tale of Cassie, a young woman who returns to her ancestral home only to find she is the heir to the estate of a movie star she never met. What follows is a colorful feud with the movie star's daughters and an epic revelation of the hidden past that he shared with Cassie's own grandmother. A rich and rewarding read! ...more
Mary Eve

I was originally excited about this book. When I saw it offered on Blogging for Books, I hip-hipped-hoorayed. Then I started reading. While it wasn't torture, I couldn't help feeling sluggish as I labored through each chapter. First things first, I never made a connection with the character of Cassie. She takes the lead role in the present day portion of this sordid tale that brings to mind sappy soap operas. P.S.- I never cared for soaps. Secondly, the present day storyline was also extremely f
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Cassie Danvers’ grandmother June died, she left her the huge old house, Two Oaks, in St. Jude, Ohio, built in 1895.

Cassie left New York and the loft she’d shared with her ex-boyfriend, but once she took possession of the house, she seemed to be sleeping her life away. There was much that needed to be done to the home and the surrounding gardens, but she couldn’t seem to manage it all. Nor could she find the energy to pursue her photography.

At night, Cassie dreamed of colorful people and eve
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

What it's all about...

Cassie inherits $14,000 from her grandmother June's estate. In addition to the money she inherits June's beautiful old house...Twin Oaks. Twin Oaks is literally a total mess. It's a house so lovely that Cassie can't stand it but it is a house so uncared for that the ceilings sag and the pipes are broken and the furnace no longer works. Cassie hasn't opened a bill or answered the phone since her escape to Twin Oaks. However...one day a strange man comes "a knocking" at her d
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The eye-catching cover perfectly suited the house as a character in this novel; yet another book I've read recently where this was a well-done theme. The author writes beautifully, and this was an easy, fun read that kept me entertained. Thanks to the author and the publisher, I won a complimentary copy. This was my unsolicited review. ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really absorbing, very genuine, unflinching book. Historical fiction at a pretty high calibre: no whitewashing or flinching away from the realities of history. Plus, a surprisingly deft depiction of depression. Lively characters, well-served by a dual timeline.
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