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The Unmaking of June Farrow
The Unmaking of June Farrow | Adrienne Young
With The Unmaking of June Farrow, Adrienne Young delivers a brilliant story with romance, mystery, and a touch of the impossible: a story you will never forget. In the small mountain town of Jasper, North Carolina, June Farrow is waiting for fate to find her. The Farrow women are known for their thriving flower farm - and the mysterious curse that has haunted them for generations. The madness that led to Susanna Farrow's disappearance left her daughter, June, to be raised by her grandmother. Everyone in Jasper is certain it's only a matter of time before she finds the same end, but June has kept secret that her unravelling has already begun. After her grandmother's death, June follows a series of clues that link her mother's disappearance to the town's dark history, leading finally to a mysterious door. Behind it may lay the answer to the mysteries that have always lingered like a dark shadow. Upon crossing the threshold, June embarks on a journey that will not only change both the past and the future, but entangle her fate and her heart in a star-crossed love. HEAR WHAT EVERYONE'S SAYING ABOUT ADRIENNE YOUNG 'Spellbinding' JODI PICOULT 'Delightful' 5* READER REVIEW 'Bewitching' REBECCA ROSS 'Addictive' 5* READER REVIEW 'Thrilling' STEPHANIE GARBER 'Captivating' 5* READER REVIEW 'Immersive' SUE LYNN TAN
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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This audio was amazing! I loved her vulnerable voice and just how unreliable a character June is. This was just a magical story.

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Coleen
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This one was right up my wheelhouse with a mix of mystery, family secrets, & time travel, and it did not disappoint. LOVED it! My brain struggled with some of the time travel aspects (as is always the case for me), but I mostly just went with it & enjoyed the ride. Probably my favorite read of the year thus far.

GondorGirl I really enjoyed this one, too! 1w
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Cathyloves2read
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Mehso-so

This book had way too many twists and turns for me to be able to fully follow the story. Because of that, I feel “so-so”. I do like the idea behind the story, and I‘ve always liked books involving time travel. I‘m wondering if I‘m alone when I say I got a bit lost in this one.

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monkeygirlsmama
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Started this in print, but couldn't stay focused enough to come back to it. Decided to try picking it back up in #audiobook format since I had just finished what I was listening to. Yay for smart decisions because The Unmaking of June Farrow was an excellent story. Interesting characters with a sweet dynamic.

Originally when I picked this up at the library the cover and blurb gave me Addie Larue vibes, but they are very different stories.

4.5 ⭐

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wanderinglynn
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I was reading another book but this one kept interrupting. I had ignored this book b/c I didn‘t like The Girl the Sea Gave Back. But the red door kept calling. (Don‘t you hate it when books get fussy & demanding that you read them?) I finally put down the other book & picked this one up to shush it. I thought I‘d read a chapter then go back to my other book. That was a few hours ago. Now I‘ve finished & I‘m wondering what the heck happened. 👇🏻

wanderinglynn I will admit that despite my dislike of the other book, Ms. Young certainly made up for it in this one. Maybe the difference is that one was set in an entirely fiction fantasy place & this one, while Jasper, NC doesn't exist, (at least not where it is in this book. There actually is a Jasper, NC over on the eastern side of the state near Morehead City, about 5.5 hours east of Asheville, whereas this Jasper is supposed to be north of Asheville). 2mo
wanderinglynn The one thing that I thought she might explore more is how and why the curse came to be. I mean if you're going to call it a curse, then that presumes that someone placed it upon the Farrow family. Curses just don't pop out of nowhere. I think that's the one main flaw with this story. (edited) 2mo
wanderinglynn This one wasn‘t on my #wyrdandwonder TBR, but I‘m also not very good at following my own rules. Besides, this book was being cranky because I had been ignoring it. Sometimes the books know best & in this case, it was right. I did enjoy this story. 3.75 stars rounded up. 2mo
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tokorowilliamwallace I've been around Morehead City for a family vacation visiting Emerald Isle along the Outer Banks in 2016. 2mo
marleed Haha. Sometimes you just have to step behind the door!🤣🤣 2mo
Laughterhp Oh your cover is much better than my version! 2mo
wanderinglynn @Laughterhp it‘s the OwlCrate Fantasy adult box edition 2mo
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GinaKButler
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Up next: our April book club pick!

#bookspinbingo

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Mpcacher
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This book started out slow and the logical part of my brain found it confusing at times, but I ended up enjoying the story. It reminded me a little of “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue“, although I liked that one much better. This one had time travel, a bit of a murder mystery, romance and strong female characters. In addition the rural North Carolina setting was beautifully captured in two different timelines. 3.75/5 stars!

monkeygirlsmama I picked this up from the library and my first thought when I saw it was that the cover reminded me of Addie Larue also! 3mo
Mpcacher @monkeygirlsmama That one was a wonderful read. 3mo
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Laughterhp
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I had no idea what the premise of this book was going to be before I read it and it really worked for me. It‘s magical realism and I love the way the story unfolded.

I‘m glad I picked it up because I do enjoy this author.

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BookMaven9
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A fully immersive and emotional time travel story about love and family with a hint of murder mystery.

However the timelines felt a bit wonky and over my head at times lol.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
BookMaven9 💙 4mo
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Lizpixie
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Bk17 of my unending 2024 #BookMail is this small town magical romance. Jasper North Carolina, June Farrow is working in the family‘s flower farm & waiting for the curse to find her. The whole town knows of the madness that led to Susanna Farrows disappearance leading June to be raised by her grandmother. Determined to be the last of her name & never fall in love, fate has other ideas.After her grans death, a door may lead to the answers she needs.

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NikkiKey94
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I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. I hadn‘t read an Adrienne Young book before this one but I am going to read them asap. Going into this book I wasn‘t sure what to expect because I had seen where it was labeled as fantasy and I‘m fairly new to the genre. This book just had a way of sucking me in and not letting go. This is definitely one of my favorite books I‘ve read this year.

TheIntrovertedDodoBird Great review! Wow! The cover is stunning! 4mo
NikkiKey94 @TheIntrovertedDodoBird yes! This edition is from OwlCrate and they did an amazing job with it! 4mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @NikkiKey94 Ooh, I'll definitely check out OwlCrate! I love discovering pretty editions! Thanks 🩷. 4mo
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NikkiKey94 @TheIntrovertedDodoBird you‘re welcome! They currently have a waitlist for their subscriptions but I think when I subscribed I had only been on the waitlist for two or three months! 4mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @NikkiKey94 Ooh wow! They must be super popular! Thank you! I'll definitely subscribe. I need these pretty books on my shelf! I can't resist collecting my favourite books in different designs 🩷. Two or three months is going to be excruciating! 4mo
NikkiKey94 @TheIntrovertedDodoBird I love pretty books! I currently have several subscriptions that send me books with sprayed and stenciled edges and I am eventually going to have a whole bookshelf of them! I‘ve been on the waitlist for Illumicrate and Fairyloot for close to 6 months and it‘s killing me! 4mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @NikkiKey94 Ooh! I loooove Faityloot and Illumicrate so much 🩷. I ordered divine copies of Red, White & Royal Blue (my favourite book) and One Last Stop from Illumicrate, and am anxiously waiting for them to be delivered! They're both so pretty 🩷. I can't resist sprayed and stencilled edges! Your bookshelf will look soooooo pretty! That waitlist is insane! I should probably sign up, so I'm not languishing away after a year! 4mo
NikkiKey94 @TheIntrovertedDodoBird they always do such amazing copies of books! I just ordered a copy of The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo from Illumicrate last night and the picture of it was gorgeous! I‘m hoping to get off the waitlist soon so fingers crossed! You should definitely get on the waitlist. I think it will be worth it!! 4mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @NikkiKey94 All of their books are beyond stunning! I see an obsession on the horizon, as I have my eye on a few others 🩷. Ooh, I hope your latest copy shows up on my Litsy feed! I'd love to see it! Fingers crossed. I really hope you're off the list soon and your shelves are filled with these gorgeous covers! Definitely worth it! I'm also obsessed with Dazzling Bookish Shop. You should check them out, too, if you haven't heard of them! 🩷 4mo
NikkiKey94 @TheIntrovertedDodoBird I will definitely post it when I get it in! I have not heard of that one so I‘m definitely going to go check it out! Thank you so much for telling me about it and feeding my addiction! 😂 4mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @NikkiKey94 Yay! Feel free to tag me when you post a pic. I'd love to see it! Honestly, their books are stunning. Another Litsy user introduced me to them, and now I just stroll through their page on Instagram to gaze at all the pretty books when I'm bored. Enjoy! 🩷 You're so welcome! Sorry/not sorry for feeding your addiction 😂. Putting a group of booklovers in one place was always going to end badly 🤣. 4mo
NikkiKey94 @TheIntrovertedDodoBird I will definitely tag you in all of my pretty book pictures! I love being in a community where people share my same joy of reading and books so it‘s totally okay to feed my addiction! If someone else doesn‘t then I‘ll just do it myself anyway! 😂 4mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @NikkiKey94 Thank you! I'll be sure to return the favour and tag you in a pic of my Illumicrate order when it finally arrives! The artwork is stunning! I wholeheartedly second that 🩷. The bookish community is incredible. So true 😂. I'm the same. At least this way, we can blame some anonymous person on Litsy for the pile of suspiciously book-shaped parcels that arrive in the company of other folk 🤣. 4mo
NikkiKey94 @TheIntrovertedDodoBird Feel free to tag me in all of your special editions! I love seeing them! The book community on here is so amazing and I wouldn‘t have it any other way! ❤️ 4mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @NikkiKey94 I will definitely tag you! Must share pretty editions with people who understand the joy! 🩷 I love this community so much! 4mo
NikkiKey94 @TheIntrovertedDodoBird I love it too! ❤️ 4mo
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Follow.my.read
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I‘m better get reading if I‘m ever going to get to this before it‘s due back!#TheUnmakingOfJuneFarrow#AdrienneYoung#SpellsForForgetting

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Lunarstar27
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This book is absolutely amazing Adrienne Young has done it again

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amdsarahjenkins
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Beautifully written and unputdownable.

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tjwill
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Matilda
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Family drama + time slip, wrapped around a past murder mystery.

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Gryffleclaw95
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5/5)

I‘ve always been a fan of Adrienne Young‘s writing, and this novel doesn‘t disappoint. “The Unmaking of June Farrow” is one that definitely tugs on your heartstrings as it explores themes of family and love while an unsolved murder threatens to disrupt everything. The plot was clever, and the characters with their related arcs were well written.

robinb Oh, I loved this one too! And she's definitely a go-to author for me. 🙂 6mo
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bookish6
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This book started off slow, but it really picks up a quarter of the way through.
The way the time period jumps were written is very unique and well-done!
The mystery behind June's life makes this book hard to put down. I loved all the characters in this story. It wraps up perfectly!

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LeslieO
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Here we go!

julesG 🥳🥳 7mo
Gissy 🎉🎉🎉 7mo
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robinb
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I had two 5⭐️ books for September, but this was my first place. BTW, runner up was from the Lane Winslow series (A Deceptive Devotion).

I love Young‘s books for their magical atmospheres, their unique beauty in writing and the empathy I feel for the characters. She‘s an automatic buy for me.

#12BooksOf2023

Andrew65 This looks an excellent choice. 7mo
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LeslieO
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My last book of 2023 was called The Last 😆. Starting June Farrow this morning. Happy New year all! Here‘s to a great reading year!🥳🎉 #lastfirst

Bookwormjillk 🤣 7mo
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nitalibrarian
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I never posted November's adult Owlcrate. I like this edition the more I look at it. The red is very pretty. It was also one of my favorite books I read this year, though I read an ARC.

RebelReader I love that cover! 7mo
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VanessaCW
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I found this a little slow to begin with. I liked the characters, though, and I thought the time travel segments were portrayed in an interesting way. I became more immersed in the story as I progressed through the book and ended up enjoying it. A good 3.5⭐️

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BookBelle84
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Day 1 of my book advent!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#HumbleHarvest
#Stars ⭐️🌟✨💫

Eggs Well done 👍🏼 8mo
marleed What a pretty pic! 8mo
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VanessaCW
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Another library book to read.

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cariashley
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Panpan

Not a fan of this one. I found it slow aside from ~50 promisingly exciting pages in the first half, after which things went back to a snail‘s pace. The “reveals” were entirely predictable and the fantastical elements were flimsy. The relationships weren‘t well drawn and the southern country theme was grating. Just not my cup of tea. #botm

mdemanatee Sounds like my issues from Spells for Forgetting so I won‘t get FOMO skipping this one 8mo
cariashley @mdemanatee think you‘re in the clear. 8mo
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

An atmospheric read for fall, I enjoyed this mind-bending and thought-provoking tale of the love and strength of multiple generations of Farrow women. I liked this book better than “Spells for Forgetting”, but I didn‘t have a strong emotional connection like it seems many other reviewers experienced. 🎧

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LittlebearReads
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Adrienne Young delivers once more! She pulls in all of her neat tonal tricks familiar to readers of “Spells for Forgetting” in this one, while offering up a fresh spin on time travel. My only gripe, which is admittedly minor, was that we are never actually told how Esther got those darn seeds.

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Laughterhp
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Here are my #bookspin and #doublespin picks for November!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Enjoy!!! 9mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Mehso-so

This had all the elements necessary for a great story—mysterious family curse/ailment/something, mystery, family secrets, epic love affair—and yet I found myself surprisingly unmoved. Just an okay read for me though my opinion seems to be an outlier.

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TracyReadsBooks
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gossamerchild
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Book. Hangover. 😭😭😭. Omg this was amazing.

#botm

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 9mo
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marleed
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Time travel books are just so much fun for me, I think because there are no rules. Each author gets to define the restrictions, the how, the why of travel. This one has a red door that might be mistaken for an hallucination. The rules here were intricate and I had do some backtracking before it all made sense. But yea, I easily suspended my disbelief for this set of rules!

ICantImReading I love the coziness and colors of this picture 😍 I‘m excited to start this one soon! 9mo
marleed @ICantImReading oh I love it when the cover of a new book matches my mood and the season! 9mo
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angieinwonderland
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This story made me rethink the entire idea and happenings referred to as deja vu. I read this book with this anticipatory ache in my chest and, at one point, was too scared to read on in case it didn‘t go the way I needed it to go. It was my unmaking!

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alecia3dixie
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Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Adrienne has a way with words. So lyrical and makes you feel like you're actually there. I swear I could smell the honeysuckle. As always, it is a magical, time bending, beautiful story. Adrienne Young will always be a must-read for me 5/5

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Beachesnbooks
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My October #botm picks! I was swayed by reviews to pick both.

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TheSpineView
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The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young is my #BOTM choice for October. Sounds good and I am looking forward to reading this book.

What did you choose?

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Breanne1
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My October #BOTM choices. Looking forward to trying something I normally wouldn‘t pick (the tagged book).

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TheBookHippie
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🤷🏻‍♀️ still trying to use up my credits before cancelling 👀🤣😂 good October picks I think

RebelReader My book group picked an Adrienne Young book for next month. She‘s a new author for me. 10mo
JamieArc Wow! I didn‘t expect them so early! 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️ 10mo
TheBookHippie @RebelReader me too although I‘ve had several of her books on my TBR do not own lists! 10mo
TheBookHippie @JamieArc me either!! 10mo
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Laughterhp
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It‘s my birthday month! So I get a free credit!

I‘ve already bought a copy of the new Alix E. Harrow because I‘m going to her book event.

So here are my spooky picks for #botm October.

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nitalibrarian
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Starting The Unmaking of June Farrow.

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robinb
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Adrienne Young does atmospheric detail so well. With each of her magical realism books I‘ve had the pleasure of reading, she manages to transport me and really give me an almost surreal and tangible feeling of place. This one centers around June Farrow (34), who works at her family‘s flower farm in a small NC town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Farrow women have been cursed through the generations with madness before their deaths, 🔻

robinb hence she has made the difficult decision to neither marry nor have children. As she learns more about their strange family history, she discovers a secret that is both wonderful and cataclysmic at the same time, and she tries to circumvent fate for future Farrow women. I don‘t want to share spoilers about the curse, but it‘s a doozy and seemingly insurmountable and inevitable. I felt like I knew June and her fellow cast of characters…their 🔻 10mo
robinb hopes, their fears, their heartaches, their joy. The circumstances of the curse were a bit complicated so I really had to stay on my toes, but the denouement was oh so satisfying. There was a poignancy and essence to this book that really moved me. This is my fourth book to read from Young, and they have each been uniquely beautiful as well as earning 5⭐️ ratings from me. Another wonderful story from a very talented author. 5/5⭐️ 10mo
Addison_Reads I have this from #NetGalley. Now I'm even more excited to read it. 10mo
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Bklover What a perfectly splendid review!!!! Hope you are doing well❤️❤️ 10mo
robinb @Addison_Reads Oh good! If you think of it tag me when you‘re finished. I‘d love to hear what you think! Have you read any other Young books? 10mo
robinb @Bklover Thank you so much! Reviews are so much more fun/easier to write when you‘ve enjoyed the book. I‘m doing well. Ready for fall as our summer has been a real scorcher. 🥵 I hope things your way are all good?! 🤗🤗 10mo
Bklover All good here- I‘m so glad it‘s cooling off a bit. ❤️❤️ 10mo
robinb @Bklover Good to hear! 😊 I‘m hoping by late October we‘ll be having some cooler temps. 10mo
Bklover Me too! In October I‘m going to Vermont to see my daughter. She just moved there for a job in June and she loves it there. Hope to see leaves change 10mo
robinb @Bklover It‘s hard when they live away, right? My daughter is in MA, but happily will be moving back southward to TN the end of the year. I envy her the colors too! 🍁 10mo
Bklover Yea I know exactly what you mean. It was so hard when she left, but she just loves her new job, and to hear how happy she is every day makes it easier. Plus she calls me at least once almost every day. Glad your daughter will be moving back!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!❤️ 10mo
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Ooh - #BOTM is giving better clues earlier on! This crossword clue for an October pick is a fun idea. I'm thinking this book could possibly be it, and seems like a solid fall selection. Here's the words I think for the puzzle:

1. Curse
2. Hallucination
3. Joke
4. Flower
5. Elapsed Time