A Novel

Book - 2016
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Learning that she is the sole heir to the fortune of a legendary Hollywood movie star who claims her as his granddaughter, an astonished Cassie investigates the truth in her prim grandmother's past and discovers secrets involving blackmail, murder, betrayal and broken hearts.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553447682
Branch Call Number: FICTION BEV
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 25 cm


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SPL_Melanie Aug 24, 2018

Cassie Danvers inherits her grandmother June's crumbling mansion in small town St Jude, upon June's death, and tries to recover from her resultant depression - only to discover she's somehow inherited a fortune from a stranger named Jack. The book shifts between its contemporary setting, as Jack's Hollywood daughters arrive to contest Cassie's claim, and 1955 St Jude, when Hollywood first came to town and June met Jack. The settings are both handled well, with the house itself becoming a character binding the two generations

JCLCatherineG Feb 12, 2017

The plot was interesting but what really kept me reading was the setting; a crumbling old mansion that had memories and feelings of the past generations that lived there. I loved how the house gave its new owner scenes of her grandmother from the past by seeping into her dreams. It was an intriguing element in the book.

DBRL_ANNEG Aug 09, 2016

A decent summertime read. The author did a nice job moving back and forth through time as she laid out the events of the 1950s when a Hollywood movie came to small town Ohio and ended up having long-lasting repercussions. Whenever I picked this book up, I found myself wrapped up in the story--I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to know what exactly had happened. And the author made me wait--this is a book that slowly unwraps itself, giving tantalizing hints of what is to come. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore knows how to write an atmospheric story, full of rich detail that make it easy to imagine you're living in the world she's created.

If I had any complaints it would be that I had a hard time keeping track of some of the minor characters and just how they fit in to the world of St. Jude. Ironically, they play an important part. I just think they weren't integrated into the story as smoothly as they could have been. I also was surprised how minor the title character, June, turned out to be in her own story!

I do look forward to reading more from this author.

Jul 29, 2016

This was a very satisfying read. I cared about all of the characters, and I especially appreciated the lessons taught, including self-service and delayed gratification. I was content with the ending yet disappointed to finish and put it down.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jul 17, 2016

I really enjoy dual-timeframe books, but I feel as though I always end up caring vastly more about the plot in the past than the one set in the present day. This book was the rare case where that wasn't true for me, so I have to give credit to Beverly-Whittemore for managing to craft two extremely engaging stories, rather than just one. Anyway, this was an enjoyable read, even though it lacked the totally bonkers elements of her previous book, "Bittersweet", that made that one so memorable for me. I enjoyed this quite a bit, though -- the only element that didn't work for me was the strange magical realism of having a sentient house with actual memories. But aside from that, a fun (and well-written) read!

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