Family is such an integral part of our lives that we’ll invariably read stories about families until the end of time. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s June depicts the revelations of a family based on events that took place 60 years previously.
Cassie Danvers moved back to her hometown of St. Jude, Ohio after her beloved grandmother June passed away. In her transition into the immense family home of Two Oaks, Cassie’s dreams are plagued by those who had resided in the walls of her home, but most particularly her grandmother and the summer when St. Jude served as a back drop for a Hollywood film that changed her life. When Cassie is confronted with a massive inheritance from a dead movie star who believed he’s her grandfather, Cassie’s understanding of who her grandmother was comes into question and she learns a new respect for what makes a family.
Well-woven from a past and present perspective of the house’s inhabitants, the story takes on a surreal quality as the house has a prominent personality all its own that others can palpably feel. While the story isn’t horribly surprising in the twists it takes and parts of the narrative seemed to move a bit slowly, it was pleasant enough to keep me reading and hope the characters get what they deserve.
Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
* I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.