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.
You all know I love psychological thrillers and police procedurals with a passion, but my other weakness has always been historical fiction & family sagas. I love flashbacks and stories set in the past, it doesn’t matter if it’s the 20s, the 40s, the 60s or even the nineteenth century. Novels about families, tragic incidents, friendships… and a good love story if it isn’t the main focus.
I didn’t manage to get my hands on June’s physical copy, which is unfortunate since the cover is so beautiful, but the publishers sent me the Netgalley widget. The book had been waiting for a few weeks in my Kindle until I decided it was time to dive into it. So exciting!
June is another one of those stories where a young girl inherits a big house (seriously, what do I have to do for this to happen to me?), but not only that. Cassie, twenty-five years old and watching her life crumble before her eyes, is told that she’s about to inherit several million dollars from Jack Montgomery, a film star from the golden era who has just died. But why her? Could this all be related to her grandmother June? Meanwhile, Cassie begins to dream about two young girls in 1955, two teenagers whose lives completely changed when a Hollywood studio decided to film a picture in their little Ohio town…
This book completely grabbed me from the very first page. The author brilliantly introduced the story with a sentence that I’ll remember for quite some time: “Houses don’t always dream. In fact, most don’t. But once again, Two Oaks was dreaming of the girls -the one called June, who looked like a woman, and the one called Lindie, who looked like a boy.” I was hooked.
The book alternates the present narration with Cassie in 2015 and the flashbacks with her grandmother June and Lindie in 1955. I don’t have to tell you that I enjoyed the past chapters and its characters way more than the present ones. Both storylines grabbed my attention, though. It’s the magic of books like this one: in order to discover what happened, you need to bring together the past and the present.
I found this book to be very tragic and beautiful, just the kind of novel I enjoy reading. And if you add my love for cinema and classic Hollywood… this was bound to be an amazing read.
P.S I thought this was somewhat similar to The House At Riverton by Kate Morton. I loved that one as well.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.