The Skye in June

Rated 4.91/5 based on 22 reviews
"The Skye in June", is about the MacDonald's and their youngest child, June, who has an uniqueness that attracts unusual people. After a tragedy they emigrate to San Francisco. There, the family implodes when June is drawn into the world of mysticism and, along with her sisters, come of age during the historical environs of the 1960's. It is a story of reconciliation and acceptance. More

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About June Ahern

Since 1975 June Ahern has taught many people to manifest their visions into fulfillment through her professional practices as a psychic/medium, life coach and metaphysical teacher. Although, June retired in 2014 from private psychic sessions she continues to take part in ghost hunts with The Haunted Bay: Paranormal SF and Beyond as seen on Youtube. June has authored four books and written two screenplays. Her novels "The Skye in June" and "City of Redemption" are set in Scotland and San Francisco, California. Upon popular demand Ms. Ahern is writing the sequel to "The Skye in June." Her appearances on television and radio, teaching at the Learning Annex, and along with her consumer's guide, "The Timeless Counselor: The Best Guide to a Successful Psychic Reading" has earned her national and international notice in her metaphysical and paranormal profession. The book was a number one seller by an unknown author at the New York 1991 Whole Life Expo where she was a featured speaker. Her book, "How to Talk with Spirits: Seances, Mediums, Ghost Hunts", answers many questions posed her from the curious living about the dead as well as June's unique experiences with spirit communication. Her books receive overwhelmingly positive reviews. Radio shows can be found at her website on media page. As her novels' main characters, June was born in Glasgow, Scotland before emigrating to San Francisco. She grew up in a district that was to become world-known as the colorful "Castro." She now lives on the California coast with her husband, cat and horses. June happily says her life is full and blessed.

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Review by: Claire DeLaney on Oct. 19, 2011 :
An enjoyable little book that covers the personalities of the Catholic Scottish family the MacDonalds as they struggle to adapt to the USA. It is an easy read, but a bit heavy on the psychic powers of June, the youngest daughter. it could have touched lighter on her gifts and been a more powerful story
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: dancingoffkey on Sep. 13, 2011 :
Reading Ahern's fledgling novel, The Skye in June, I was instantly pulled into the emotional tapestry of the MacDonald family. Transported to places I'd never been, I followed the young June as she tackled life's lessons with her healthy mixture of innocence and mischief. Riveted by the tale, there were times that I forgot where I was and laughed aloud or cried. I was at once participant and voyeur.

Ahern masterfully weaves the themes of good and evil, right and wrong, and judgment and acceptance throughout this tale. In feeling empathy for the young June, readers of all ages and backgrounds embrace lessons such as "acceptance of others" and "standing in one's own truth" without entering a debate. This is the true greatness of Ahern's work. Removing the struggle from the lessons, Ahern frees us to simply enjoy the adventure.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Kristi (Books N Beans) on July 3, 2011 :
"The Skye in June" is one of those books that will capture your heart and your mind.

Right from the beginning you can't help but feel for Cathy, as the opening scene is of her writhing in labor pains in the backseat of a taxi all alone. This is your introduction to Cathy, June, and the rest of the MacDonald clan.

All families have history, changing relationships with one another, emotions, individual thoughts, beliefs, and traditions. Even more they face changing dynamics that occur as the family grows and future generations step onto their own paths. The MacDonald clan is no different.

Ms. Ahern does a phenomenal job of writing 3 generations of a family, with a story that unfolds over the course of 15 years and 2 continents. Even more impressive is the way she's capable of changing the narration focus from Cathy's eyes to June's, all the while never forgetting that their family plays an integral part of their selves and their lives.

"The Skye in June" never felt congested with all the topics that face a family over its lifetime. It merely felt like family. You deal with the good and the bad with family. You may not like all of it, but you love it because it's family.

If this review does not make you want to read the book, then please understand that it is the fault of the reviewer not the fault of the book. Highly recommended read.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
Review by: Kerry Hegarty on June 19, 2011 :
By Kerry A. Hegarty
As a reader of mostly non-fiction, I found this book a delightful, refreshing change of pace. I actually felt like I was "watching" the book, due to such vivid descriptions, and snappy, quick dialog. There are so many colorful characters throughout the story that would be great to watch on the big screen. I used to live in San Francisco, and June Ahern brought me right back to familiar streets, sounds, and imagery; I could feel the fog and hear the cable car clanging. A psychic's coming of age is not something we get to read about often, and I found myself rooting for June to stick to her beliefs and claim herself and her gifts. Being raised Catholic, I could identify with the main character's battle with her father and the nuns, and am curious to see where June Ahern's storytelling will take us in furure works. Her writing skills leave the reader wanting more!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: Zayneb El-Shibib on June 18, 2011 :
I loved reading Skye in June. The characters are very realistic and layered and it artfully reflected the inner struggle that is caused by spiritual, religious, and cultural oppression. I could relate to seeing the reality of life and its hardships through the innocent eyes of young June. Reading it made me feel a mix of nostalgia, sadness, magic, and child like innocence and love. I loved the imagery of Scotland and San Francisco. It was an easy read with creativity, substance, and honesty.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Review by: Nancy on June 11, 2011 :
Charming and witty tale...

I fell in love with this story of a family who moved from Scotland to San Francisco in search of a better life. The family tale of struggle and mysticism in a revolutionary time in SF is captivating while being witty and funny!

June is a great storyteller. Once I started reading I could not put the book down! It not only touched my heart, it left me thirsting for more!

I highly recommend reading this beautifully crafted story! You will not want to stop flipping through the pages to find what happens next! I want more please!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jules Hubert on May 30, 2011 :
I read this book when it first came out. I felt sad when it ended - it left me wanting more yet it left me with a sense of hope about learning to honor you are instead of trying to fit in.

I purchased it again to see if I can get something more this time, as I am in a different place in my life now. PLUS it is an AWESOME summer read and that is what I intend to do.

A good book is worth reading again!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: dancinglady on May 8, 2011 :
I like a good book to snuggle up with, to take me on my commuter bus, to jump into as though I'm part of the story and "The Skye in June" fits all of that. I was a Catholic and I did grow up in San Francisco and found that Ms. Ahern wrote a true picture of both. I like her simple writing style and love the dialogue between the characters. This is a good book and different from most I've read - even the "best sellers".
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Review by: Deborah P on May 4, 2011 :
I fell in love with this story about the MacDonald family who moved from Scotland to San Francisco in 1956 in search of a better life. The family tale of struggle and mysticism in a revolutionary time in city is captivating. The story is sad while being witty and funny! I loved learning about life in the city back in the day and all those Scottish words. I’ve used a few – like “sair fect” – read the story for the meaning. I had fun reading this story and I await the sequel.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
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