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.
My Review: I feel very conflicted about this book. I can’t say that I loved it, but I didn’t hate it either. I enjoyed the Gothic feel of the novel, and being from Ohio, I particularly enjoyed that it was set here. Having the house feel and think was a different approach that I both loved and disliked to a degree.
I feel like the story-line and the characters left me feeling just eh. I didn’t particularly love any of them, and some I didn’t like at all. The story was somewhat interesting, but it felt a bit long and drawn out and I think the characters could have been developed more.
I enjoyed the back and forth between past and present and I liked the budding relationship between Cassie and Nick, but I just didn’t feel like I cared much about what happened to the title character of June, and I really didn’t enjoy the character of Lindie either. I think this could have been a good story, but the characters just weren’t likable or developed enough for me.
*I received a copy of this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MIRANDA BEVERLY-WHITTEMORE is the author of three other novels: New York Times bestseller Bittersweet; Set Me Free, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, given annually for the best book of fiction by an American woman; and The Effects of Light. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction, she lives and writes in Brooklyn.