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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 legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery’s vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?
Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal. As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.
“A crumbling family home, a shockingly large inheritance, a small-town mystery, and a high-wattage Hollywood star: June is atmospheric, ambitious, and filled with enough intrigue, betrayal, passion, and heartbreak to keep you reading all the way to the explosively satisfying end.”
– CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
“A delicious and delightful tale about what happens when small-town secrets and family bonds collide with the intrigue and romance of Hollywood. Beverly-Whittemore draws a rich and detailed portrait of two parallel summers that will draw you in from the beginning and keep you guessing until the end.”
– J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN, New York Times bestselling author of Maine and Commencement
“At turns lush and tender, harrowing and poignant, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s June is historical fiction at its most masterful, and a love story rich in complication and heartbreak.”
– MEGAN ABBOTT, award-winning author of Dare Me and The Fever
“When Miranda Beverly-Whittemore crosses small-town Ohio with Hollywood glamour, both come alive, breaking stereotypes and zooming in on their flawed, complicated denizens. Brilliantly weaving past and present, JUNE is elegant and suspenseful, but refreshingly raw and intimate. Read it! From page one you’ll find yourself in the hands of a master storyteller.”
– HILARY LIFTIN, New York Times bestselling author of Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper
“A perfectly paced, compelling story of love, lust, and family secrets, June draws you into its gentle embrace, expertly waltzes you between present and past, mesmerizing until the very last page.”
– AMY HATVANY, author of Somewhere Out There
“Hollywood meets small-town Ohio in 1955, starting reverberations that last for generations… Beverly-Whittemore has fashioned an appealing story of romance and suspense with a focus on love and legacy.”
“Love between a small-town girl and one of Hollywood’s leading men leads to murder, blackmail, and secrets. Beverly-Whittemore returns with another charming page-turner, this time marrying old Hollywood elegance to Midwestern practicality… A lightly gothic tale of hearts broken and mended in small-town America.”
“Beverly-Whittemore offers up two interconnected tales of family secrets, 60 summers apart… the dual narratives are enjoyable both singly and in tandem as the novel explores the changing possibilities for women, the evolution of the Hollywood fame machine, and love’s potential for genuine human transformation.”
– Publishers Weekly
“The past is not all glossy nostalgia; Beverly-Whittemore illuminates the conflicts roiling under a smooth, socially acceptable surface… Fans of Hollywood, then and now, will find this dramatic story line appealing.”
“[A]n enthralling story of Hollywood glamour, first love and shifting loyalties… June invites readers to sink into its narrative the way Cassie sinks into the embrace of Two Oaks: with a thirst for a good story and a tall glass of lemonade.”
– Shelf Awareness