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What’s Going On…

Bad me – I’ve been MIA for a bit.  Things got a little busy and I neglected to put anything up on the blog.  Oops!

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!  With all the rain (yes, again with the rain) we didn’t have much outdoor time at all over the weekend.

I did manage to get some more outside chores done…still a long list though!  We got a new umbrella for some shade and planted a few more things.  My little lime tree is blooming and that makes me so happy.


Lime tree blossoms


New umbrella! The book I just started matches 🙂

I’ve started getting in some really decent walks and jog/walks in the past few days.  Simon sees me put on my running shoes and he wants to go out in the stroller.  I love to take him but it’s definitely harder to push that stroller!  I’m going to have to start leaving those shoes in the garage so I can sneak out sometimes. Sadly, I have not lost any weight yet but I’ve just hit a 9 days in a row on My Fitness Pal.  I’m celebrating the small things at this point.

In Book News…

To celebrate June 1st here is my review on June!  This hit stores this past week so grab it and head to the beach this weekend.  I wrapped up The Fallout by Tamar Cohen.  That also just published this past week and it was an enjoyable, light read.  I just started Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica – this one is getting lots of buzz and I just couldn’t wait to dive in.

MIA….June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Published by Crown on May 31st 2016
Pages: 400

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 Thoughts…

Miranda Beverly-Whittmore brings us a delightful novel with the wistful June.  It’s easy prose, well developed characters and elegant imagery is sure to please.

Long kept family secrets come tumbling out when June, Cassie’s beloved grandmother, passes away.  June leaves to Cassie her cherished family home, the Twin Oaks mansion.  It was once a regal home in small town Ohio but is now a shadow of it’s former self.

A few months after Cassie has moved into Twin Oaks, an unexpected visitor shows up and our story really begins.  Cassie has been named the sole heir of a man she’s never met.  Better yet, her benefactor is famous movie star Jack Montgomery.

As Cassie and Jack’s daughters try to uncover the mystery of Jack’s will, they unearth long hidden friendships, romances and even a murder.  June is certainly not who Cassie always believed her to be and her grief mixes into feelings of betrayal and befuddlement.

What I loved about this book is that it’s a work of fiction that reads like a historical fiction novel.  Miranda Beverly-Whittmore is skilled at giving her readers a cast of characters that jump from the pages.   Her nostalgic story is so vivid and tactile you’ll forget you are reading a fictional novel. The star of the novel though truly is the author’s talent.

What didn’t quite work for me in June was the tiptoe into supernatural territory.  The Twin Oaks mansion is a character in the story.  I loved this element and thought this was such an original way to narrate some of the history in the novel.  But the elements of the house giving Cassie dreams and visions about people who lived at Twin Oaks really was a reach for me.
June is a great read and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction and nostalgic novels.


Have a fab Wednesday!!


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