June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore CROWN ISBN 978-0-553-44768-2

Imagine one day opening the front door and the person standing before you tells you that you have inherited thirty-seven million dollars and some property. Lots of property. In Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s novel, June, this is what happens to Cassie Danvers. Having left a failed relationship in New York City, Cassie is now living the life of a recluse in St. Jude, Ohio. She had inherited a decrepit mansion from June, her grandmother. Cassie is told the money is coming from the estate of Jack Montgomery who had been a famous actor who had once been in St. Jude while filming a movie in the 1950’s. Cassie is understandably shocked, as are Jack’s daughters. Had Jack known June and, if so, how well? All involved have more questions than answers.

The story flows seamlessly between the past and the present. With the pace building slowly, the author skillfully guides the reader through a story that includes small town secrets, blackmail, romance and even murder. The cast of characters is well drawn and for me, June is the most intriguing. Her legacy is remarkable.

I found this to be an absorbing novel and I highly recommend reading it.

I received this book for free through Blogging For Books and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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