Very few books truly mesmerize me from the first pages, but The Unmaking of June Farrow is one of the few. I knew immediately this would be an unforgettable read, but what I didn't know was how much I would grow to love the characters, the story, and the world Adrienne Young created in her latest novel. This book is EVERYTHING to me, second only to my all-time favorite read. I could go on and on about this book, but first, let's review it!
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A woman risks everything to end her family’s centuries-old curse, solve her mother’s disappearance, and find love in this mesmerizing novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Spells for Forgetting.
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 plagued their family line. The whole town remembers the madness that led to Susanna Farrow’s disappearance, leaving June to be raised by her grandmother and haunted by rumors.
It’s been a year since June started seeing and hearing things that weren’t there. Faint wind chimes, a voice calling her name, and a mysterious door appearing out of nowhere—the signs of what June always knew was coming. But June is determined to end the curse once and for all, even if she must sacrifice finding love and having a family of her own.
After her grandmother’s death, June discovers a series of cryptic clues regarding her mother’sdecades-old disappearance, except they only lead to more questions. But could the door she once assumed was a hallucination be the answer she’s been searching for? The next time it appears, June realizes she can touch it and walk past the threshold. And when she does, she embarks on a journey that will not only change both the past and the future, but also uncover the lingering mysteries of her small town and entangle her heart in an epic star-crossed love.
Well folks, meet the Book of the Year. Yup, calling it now. This is the most amazing book I've read in a long time, and I literally cannot wait until more people meet June. Adrienne Young is a freaking genius. This book is masterful. It's elegant, thought-provoking, moving, and compelling. I wanted to live inside this story, to be the characters, and to never, 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 leave. This book is my whole personality now.
At the heart of this story is the tale of what was, what could have been, and what is to come (now I sound like Galadriel 🤣). The message was so heartfelt that I felt it deep down in my bones. It spoke to my middle-aged soul more than any other book this year (also see The Celebrants and Hello Beautiful). I know this character. I see parts of myself in her. And any woman (or human for that matter) who's ever wondered "what if" will also recognize themselves in June.
Beyond the message, the novel is profoundly well-written, perfectly paced, and intricately woven. Each of the characters is fully formed and contributes to the story in a meaningful way. And the twists (and there are many), turns, and surprises (wait until the end ) will keep you guessing until the beautiful, perfectly written end.