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June: A Novel av Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
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June: A Novel (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2016)

av Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Författare)

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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.… (mer)
Medlem:fruitsofmalice
Titel:June: A Novel
Författare:Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Författare)
Info:Crown (2016), Edition: First Edition, 400 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Young To Publishing finally remembered that I didn't sign up for romance books! I was very happy to receive this book, due out in May (why not June??), which dips, every so often, into the perspective of the grand old house of Two Oaks as a character in its own right. These passages, in which the house reflects on occupants past and present, were particularly lovely, and while I don't think it would have worked for this particular story (given how much happened outside the house), I would love to see a story like this told entirely from the house's point of view.

I found the writing quality very enjoyable overall, most of it relatively simple but with a few nicely poetic sections that didn't distract from the overall thrust of the narrative. The book's strength, however, is in its characters. Usually when I read a book that transitions between a child and their parent/grandparent/ancestor, I end up enjoying half the book a great deal more than the other: for [b:The Joy Luck Club|7763|The Joy Luck Club|Amy Tan|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1304978653s/7763.jpg|1955658] it was the mothers' histories, for [b:Orphan Train|15818107|Orphan Train|Christina Baker Kline|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1362409483s/15818107.jpg|21545713] it was the contemporary story. June is one of the rare books where I enjoyed being in both time periods, never flipping forward to see how much longer I had to put up with some characters or feeling disappointed when I hit the end of a section.

If I had to prefer one set of characters, it would probably be the modern set, though I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that they're all crammed together in one place, which automatically creates its own set of conflicts that people who can retreat to their houses at the end of the day just don't have to deal with. Without the distraction of historical world-building, Cassie, Tate, Hank, Nick, and Elda become multi-dimensional human beings, which is particularly impressive given how easy it would be to succumb to painting the California crew in broad strokes as basic Hollywood types. I didn't expect, going in, to end up liking Tate in spite of her move-star-ness.

I waffled a bit about whether to tag this one with "diversity," but I'll go with it for the relatively rare acknowledgement that queer people did, in fact, exist before the 80s. Lindie was a definite favorite character: it was charming and sweet to watch her come to realize that her feelings for June might just have a recognizable name, and that her tomboyishness wasn't, in fact, going to be a phase. I was also very pleased that some old acquaintances, speculating about her sexuality some sixty years later, did not actually correctly identify Lindie as transgender. It seems like an easy trap to fall into, putting a name to a difference, but Beverly-Whittemore resists the deux ex machina temptation to let complete strangers settle someone's identity, instead leaving it up to Lindie to identify herself (or not). Maybe I liked Lindie so much because I related to that feeling of just living and not really thinking, for the most part, about what the subtle differences might mean in the big picture--except when the difference became uncomfortable.

The scenes in the past threw me off a little bit--it was surprisingly difficult for me to figure out what time in history the book was set, and I'm still not entirely sure when in the '50s the book falls (or was it the very late '40s?). Maybe that's just a side effect of being so into history, but I really wanted a date or two thrown in so that I could anchor down the timeline of the overarching narrative. I understand, of course, why a writer would want to avoid this, since it gives a little more room to forgive fudged historical details.

There were a few plot holes here and there, but not enough to ruin my enjoyment of this book. I had fun reading it and I think others will, too. I look forward to reading the reviews and seeing the reactions when the book publishes!


Quote Roundup
Because the book technically hasn't published yet and there are still quite a few typos (especially toward the end) in this pre-final-copyedit draft, I won't type out the actual quotes.

199) A particularly beautiful passage from the point of view of Two Oaks.

241 & 290) Both scenes in which Lindie comes to terms with herself. In the first, she receives support from a place that, all too often in stories, usually gives condemnation. In the second, she makes a great discovery about herself and, despite her discomfort, finds power in her new self-knowledge.

313) I love the description Cassie uses for the sound made by multiple cameras going off at once. It's one of those things that's so perfect you wonder why no one made the comparison before. ( )
  books-n-pickles | Oct 29, 2021 |
Cassie Danvers has isolated herself in her family's estate, needing the time to herself to mourn the loss of her grandmother, June. And she really would like to be left alone. Which is why she's none too happy to be disturbed by a man she's never met before. And she has no idea what to think when he informs her that she's been named as the sole heir to the fortune of Jack Montgomery, a famous movie star. Jack has two daughters who have their own interest in the inheritance, and they would like Cassie to submit to a DNA test to prove she has no claim to the money. But, again, Cassie just wants to be left alone.

Contrary to Cassie's wishes, Jack's daughters soon show up on Cassie's doorstep, not willing to let their father's fortune get away from them. And in between flashbacks to June's childhood, they begin to understand what it means to be family, famous, and fortunate.

There are some interesting twists in this one that I will admit I did not see coming. It proved to be just enough to keep me interested and turning the pages to see what would happen next. The flashbacks to June's story were helpful in understanding how things got to their current state, but they didn't always have a strong connection to an overall thread in moving the plot forward. That said, it all builds to an unexpected ending.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via BloggingForBooks.] ( )
  crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |
About half way through this book I asked myself how would you rate it. It was a little draggy and sometimes the parallel story lines just didn't answer the questions I had. Ok, the writing style was good and I had some empathy for the characters even though Lindie irritated me (reminded me of judgmental controlling mindset of the 13 yr old in Atonement) plus enough little rays of light keep breaking through. Give it 3 stars since I have read worse.

Gradually slowly the story evolved and the characters grew, the author kept me mentally searching for the answer to all my questions by dropping enough of the story to keep me wanting more. The strength of the story started to pickup but still no answers but Miranda Beverly-Whittemore kept me guessing at what was the true story. When she pulled everything together I felt satisfied - like building up to the first sip of an interesting wine one had been told about over a period of time. The finality was popping the cork and finding that the wait was well worth taking the journey and all those teasers did lead to a worthwhile satisfying story. One other point that is often overlooked by some authors, when everything is all tied up and the story is told, have been let down by the fact the emotional bond established with the principal characters is severed without ever an emotional conclusion. The way the story was wrapped up left one satisfied at multiple levels as the mystery was uncovered and the people we came to know all found the process of discovering the answers was also one of self discovery. Though it was with brevity we were given the satisfaction of a glance into the future of the people we had grown to know beyond their struggles in the story. For this I thank the author. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
Die Leseprobe zu June habe ich verschlungen. Wenn ein Buch schon mit den Worten "Nicht alle Häuser träumen. Die meisten tun das nicht. Doch Two Oaks träumte" anfängt, bin ich schon im Voraus davon überzeugt, dass mir auch der Rest des Buches gefallen wird. Und so war es auch bei Miranda Beverly-Whittemores neuem Roman.

Worum geht's?
Erzählt wird die Geschichte in zwei verschiedenen Zeiten. Zum Einen befinden wir uns im Jahr 1955, in dem das Leben der jungen June und ihrer besten Freundin Lindie durch die Ankunft einer Filmcrew in ihrer verschlafenen Stadt durcheinandergewirbelt wird - und das nicht nur, weil sich June und der Hauptdarsteller Jack verlieben.
Zum Anderen spielt die Geschichte in der Jetztzeit, in der Junes Enkelin Cassie das verfallene Herrenhaus Two Oaks erbt und sich dort nach einer gescheiterten Karriere/Liebe/sonstiges zurückzieht.

Was mir gefallen hat
Die in den 1950er Jahren spielende Geschichte hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Ich mochte das Setting, konnte die Aufregung der Stadt über die berühmten Gäste spüren und habe mit June und Lindie mitgefiebert. Beide Mädchen waren auf ihre Weise stark, und so sehr ich mich anfangs über Junes Entscheidung gewundert habe, umso mehr habe ich sie doch im Laufe der Geschichte verstanden.
Ebenfalls schön fand ich die Idee des träumenden Hauses, hier hat die Autorin eine kleine Prise Mystik in die Geschichte gestreut. Dieses Mystische hat auch zu dem alten Gebäude gepasst, diese haben ja tatsächlich ihre ganz eigene Geschichte - und frühere Bewohner hinterlassen vielleicht wirklich ein Stück ihrer "Seele"....

Was mir nicht gefallen hat
Weniger gut fand ich die Geschichte der Enkelin, die mir einfach nicht besonders sympathisch war. Ich habe auch nicht verstanden, warum sie sich so einigelt - nur wg. der Trennung? Liebeskummer ist ja verständlich, aber auf so eine Weise? Zumal sie ja gegangen ist....

Fazit
June ist ein kurzweiliger Roman, der immer wieder durch seine Sprache besticht und der wunderbar an einem sommerlichen Wochenende durchgelesen werden kann. Allerdings ist die Handlung bisweilen ein wenig vorhersehbar und die Figuren sind nicht durchweg sympathisch. Wirklich geschmälert wird der Lesespaß dadurch aber nicht.
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  Gesa-Marie | Aug 25, 2020 |
I was instantly taken with the blurb and couldn't wait to read this book. I have a big weakness for books with stories where the character in the future is trying to solve some great mystery from the past. Sometimes I love both stories equal, and sometimes I find one slightly better than the other.

When it came to this book I have to admit that I found Cassie's story a bit more interesting than her grandmother June's. I think that's because the characters; Cassie, Tate, Elda Nick, and Hank is way more interesting to read about than June, Lindie, and Jack. I'm not saying that the 1955s story was bad. It's more that I found myself not always that interested in what was going one between June and Jack. One would think that Jack and June would have had a lot of chemistry, she is a beautiful young woman, engaged and Jack, the handsome Hollywood star. But, I just didn't feel it. I felt that Lindie was pushing them together and that was actually a bit annoying.

However, the story in 2015 is really interesting. I loved the interactions between Cassie, Tate, Elda Nick and Hank and Cassie's quest to find out more about Jack and June. And, Cassie and Nick was without doubt much more interesting to read about than Jack and June.

In the end, I have to say that the book was good, despite my lack of passion for the 1955s story. I loved the old house that Cassie had inherited, the feeling that it was alive. Some people made a bigger impression on me than other did and I liked that the story took turns that I didn't expect. Especially towards the end of the book.

Thanks to Crown Publishing and TLC Blog Tours for providing me with a free copy for an honest review! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
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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.

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