#BookReview: Half of What You Hear by Kristyn Kusak Lewis @kkuseklewis @HarperCollins @HarperPerennial #HalfofWhatYouHear


My Review:

This was an engaging read that was chock-full of small town scandals and gossipy woman with way too much time on their hands.

Bess Warner was fired from her job as social secretary to the First Lady in Washington and she has decided to trade it all for a much slower paced town.  At least that is what she believes when she decides to move back to her husband’s hometown of Greyhill, Virginia.

What is the saying? From the fire to the frying pan… She finds herself living across the street from her controlling mother-in-law, learning how to run the family’s Inn, her teenage twins trying to fit in at the elite private school, and  battling some women who don’t mind spreading rumours.

I was invested in the characters and learning what Greyhill’s secrets held. The author did a wonderful job creating a realistic plot with some compelling ladies that I had to follow through until the end to “figure” them out.  I didn’t know who to trust and couldn’t stop turning pages until I learned more.

I enjoyed the small town drama, mysterious backgrounds of some of the residents, their history, and the secret that caused so much finger pointing. I was completely pulled into the story.

Fans of women’s fiction with a hefty side of small town drama, will fall in love with this novel and getting to know these characters. Okay, you may also dislike a few of them!

Thank you to Harper Paperbacks  for sending me a review copy.

This book is out on December 31,2018  and will be posted to my blog.

Book Description:


From well-loved women’s fiction writer Kristyn Kusek Lewis comes a breakout novel about a woman moving to a small community and uncovering the many secrets that hide behind closed doors—perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Elin Hilderbrand.

Greyhill, Virginia—refuge of old money, old mansions, and old-fashioned ideas about who belongs and who doesn’t—just got a few new residents. When Bess Warner arrives in town with her husband Cole and their kids, she thinks she knows what to expect. Sure, moving to Cole’s small hometown means she’ll have to live across the street from her mother-in-law, and yes, there’s going to be a lot to learn as they take over Cole’s family’s inn-keeping business, but Bess believes it will be the perfect escape from Washington. She needs it to be. After losing her White House job under a cloud of scandal, she hardly knows who she is anymore.

But Bess quickly discovers that fitting in is easier said than done. Instead of the simpler life she’d banked on, she finds herself preoccupied by barbed questions from gossipy locals and her own worries over how her twins are acclimating at the town’s elite private school. When the opportunity to write an article for the Washington Post’s lifestyle supplement falls into Bess’s lap, she thinks it might finally be her opportunity to find her footing here…even if the subject of the piece is Greyhill’s most notorious resident.

Susannah “Cricket” Lane, fruit of the town’s deepest-rooted family tree, is a special sort of outsider, having just returned to Greyhill from New York after a decades-long hiatus. The long absence has always been the subject of suspicion, not that the eccentric Susannah cares what anyone thinks; as a matter of fact, she seems bent on antagonizing as many people as possible. But is Susannah being sincere with Bess—or is she using their strangely intense interview sessions for her to further an agenda that includes peeling back the layers of Greyhill’s darkest secrets?

As Bess discovers unsettling truths about Susannah and Greyhill at large, ones that bring her into the secrets of prior generations, she begins to learn how difficult it is to start over in a town that runs on talk, and that sometimes, the best way to find yourself is to uncover what everyone around you is hiding….



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s