I loved how this book starts out with the old crumbling mansion, Two Oaks, as a character in its own right, dreaming away about the past and ignoring the newcomer who has taken up residence in it. Cassie has taken over the mansion in St. Jude after her grandmother’s death. Cassie begins to have nightly dreams of 18-year-old June and her friend, 14-year-old Lindy, which turn out to be the flashback story of her grandmother’s life. Back in 1955, June was engaged to be married, which Lindy feels is a terrible decision and one that will ruin June’s life. Along comes movie star Jack Montgomery and the meeting between Jack and June trigger tragic events and is the beginning of many years of family secrets.
The book fluctuates between Cassie’s present-day search to discover the reason she has suddenly been bequeathed 37 million dollars by Jack Montgomery’s estate and the time period in 1955 to follow Jack and June’s story. While I enjoyed the old Hollywood elegance that’s depicted and the gothic atmosphere the author has created, that wasn’t quite enough to make the book a special one for me. I felt there was too much emphasis on who slept with whom and it was drawn out for far too long. I’ve seen this book described as a psychological thriller but there was no suspense in it, at least for me. It’s a light gothic romance which I’m sure many will enjoy reading.
This book was given to me by the publisher through First to Read in return for an honest review.