Two families who hate each other for generations. I’m sure the first thing you think of is the feud of the Hatfields and McCoys. But there are two other families that have hated each other for generations – the O’Donnells and the Angerts.
In A Million Junes by Emily Henry, the O’Donnells and the Angerts have held a grudge against each other for generations. Generations of fathers that worked hard to stay away from each other even though they used to be best of friends. Enter the younger generation who want to be together despite the feud.
June O’Donnell is the latest in a long list of Jacks and Juniors. As the daughter Jack O’Donnell, one of the rules she must follow is to stay away from any of the Angerts. June has been curious of Saul Angets, who lives across the field and through the woods. She has internet stalked this forbidden guy. She has seen him from afar. Then they meet and the pull they have towards each other can’t be denied. Such a pull it makes them wonder why their families began feuding in the first place.
Besides a love story, this is a magical story. There are a lot of magical things that happen in June’s world. Cherry trees grow overnight from a seed. If you leave shoes in the yard, Coywolves will come and get them so make sure they aren’t your favorite pair. And there are white floaty, fluffy balls that can soak into your skin and show you a memory, a memory that might not be yours. The memories will feel real like June is being transported back in time.
This story might not be for everyone. You have to like magical stories that stretch your beliefs. But I think if you like a story with a little bit of magic, laughs, family drama, and an enjoyable love story, you will find that Emily Henry will take you on a journey that will make you fall in love with June and Saul and look at dandelion dust floating in the wind differently.
For as long as Jack “June” O’Donnell has been alive, her parents have had only one rule: stay away from the Angert family. But when June collides—quite literally—with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and everything June has known is thrown into chaos.
Who exactly is this gruff, sarcastic, but seemingly harmless boy who has returned to their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, after three mysterious years away? And why has June—an O’Donnell to her core—never questioned her late father’s deep hatred of the Angert family? After all, the O’Donnells and the Angerts may have mythic legacies, but for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them.
As Saul and June’s connection grows deeper, they find that the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers seem to be conspiring to reveal the truth about the harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. Now June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored, and she must decide whether it’s finally time for her—and all the O’Donnells before her—to let go.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat