Half of What You Hear

Half of What You Hear 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 HilderbrandGreyhill, 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 AnyBut 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 ResidentSusannah 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

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Half of What You Hear
  • Kristyn Kusek Lewis
  • 05 July 2018
  • 9780062673350

10 thoughts on “Half of What You Hear

  1. says:

    4 stars Greyhill, Virginia is known for its old money and old traditions and old gossip Bess Warner, along with her husband Cole and their children, move to Cole s small hometown of Greyhill Bess will now live across the street from her mother in law, and she s excited to take over the family s inn Fitting in is not easy in a small town, especially as an adult with secrets to hide, and Bess has her share from her former career in Washington She can feel the gossip spreading, and it hurts Not only does she have to adjust, but so do her children Bess is given the opportunity to write an article of a famous resident of Greyhill for the Washington Post, and she scoops it up Susannah Cricket lane is a native of Greyhill and from an old, established family, but she s been living in New York for years when she decides to return Why she left has been gossiped about, and now the town is talking about why she is returning As Bess interviews Susannah, she can t get a read on whether Susannah is sincere, or if she s trying to expose Greyhill s community on all sides, good and bad All small towns aren t like Greyhill by any means I live in a tiny town now and have never experienced the drama or gossip however, I also know what it s like to move to a small town as an outsider where everyone knows each other It IS hard to start over in a town where everyone knows your business It also can be hard to figure out just who you are Kusek Lewis has written a thoughtful and illuminating take on secrets and some small towns I connected to the story and its characters, and it was entertaining and well written It can be hard to fit in, and the author captured those feelings with authenticity and sides of drama and gossip for fun Thank you to Harper Books for the complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  2. says:

    3.5 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 .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.

  3. says:

    Bess and Cole Warner arrive in Greyhill, Virginia from Washington, DC Ostensibly they ve come to take over the local inn from Cole s parents, Diane and Bradley, but they are also fleeing the city Bess is leaving behind her job as a social secretary at the White House, which she left in disgrace Greyhill, meanwhile, is a beautiful town, but also one of old money, tradition, and gossip Bess literally lives across the stress from her in laws, allowing Diane to pop in anytime, bringing with her her trademark mixture of judgement and condescension Bess soon realizes that it s not easy to assimilate into Greyhill if you re deemed an outsider Her husband seems happy among his old friends many of whom are than glad to spread gossip about Bess Her twin children are figuring out their way at the local private school a challenge that seems harder for her daughter than son When she s offered a chance to write an article on a local figure, Susannah Greyhill Lane, Bess jumps at the chance She soon realizes Susannah is a bit of a kindred spirit the town doesn t seem to like her much either Susannah also has a lot of secrets, some of which involve Bess in laws As Bess learns about Greyhill s past, she starts to wonder exactly what she s gotten herself and her family into This was a really engaging, easy to read book that expertly captured the small town dynamic Bess was a likeable character, struggling as an outsider in her husband s town She s trying to put a mistake behind her at her former job, giving her even trust issues The novel is told mainly from Bess point of view, but we also get snippets of town gossip, too Ugh, having lived in such a town, I can tell you that Lewis really gets it right I was wrapped up in the story from the beginning and felt awfully sorry for Bess moving away from all she knew and having to deal with those hateful small town busybodies sometimes there s nothing worse, really It s like living in Stars Hollow, the charming small town on Gil Girls Although honestly, so far, Greyhill feels a little Desperate Housewives The star character being me I was initially drawn to reading this book because the fake town of Greyhill, as written, is practically in my backyard It frequently mentions my hometown of Madison which, believe me, never shows up in books it s not that big , as well as where I currently live Even better, Lewis captures both quite well, as well as the moneyed, snobby atmosphere of Greyhill that will be intimately familiar to anyone who lives in Virginia There s always something fun about reading about a place or places you know My favorite sports team even gets a mention Bess is also a very realistic mother The book does an excellent job of capturing how hard it is being a mom when your kid is going through a hard time, for example Honestly, it does a good job of portraying parenthood in general it s real and true throughout I very much appreciated that None of the sugarcoated parent child relationships we get in some books This one was not completely what I expected While it s character driven and portrays Bess struggle to fit in in Greyhill, it is almost a mystery at times You can t really trust what you read and it s twisty, with some surprises thrown in It makes for a fast, interesting read that delves into the history of Greyhill and Bess family Overall, this was a really captivating book I enjoyed the characters and the story and the setting was a real bonus This is the first book I ve read by Krusek Lewis, but I definitely would like to read I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Harper Collins, via LibraryThing in return for an unbiased review thank you Blog Twitter Facebook Google Instagram

  4. says:

    Moving to her husband s small home town was something Bess always wanted to do because of the lovely homes, and because she thought it would be good for the twins.The move wasn t without problems Two of a number of problems were that she would be across the street from her mother in law, and they would be taking over the inn that had been in the family for years.Little did she know about the problems that would come up dealing with the residents One of the residents who was quite famous because of an accident is Susannah Lake Susannah is someone that Bess is asked to interview Susannah is a woman who moved back to this small town after many years, lives in a forty room house, and is the talk of the town as well as a former girlfriend of Bess s father in law.Susannah is also a woman that you can t really be sure if what she says is the truth.The other residents were nosy, catty, and loved to gossip the beauty of a small town, right Everyone knows everyone s secrets and pasts.Poor Bess became the target of all the women.not what she expected when she moved to this quiet, small town She thought everyone would be kind, but they all knew the history she and Cole shared and made sure they commented on it The problem with commenting on their history was that Cole seemed to side with the people from when he was growing up instead of Bess.not a good thing.HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR addressed social issues as well as personal issues of fitting in.There are secrets that the residents of Greyhill have kept for many years, and as the mystery unravels, the book s interest picks up and ends up with a few surprises There also are a few very unlikable residents 4 5This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. says:

    After reading a few too many World War II novels in a row, I needed something a little less depressing Half of What You Hear was a perfect palate cleanser It s light and fast paced The characters are believable, and the relationships ring true Not everything in this book is happy far from it Many of the characters are deeply flawed, and all of the characters face struggles But if you re looking for a quick, engaging read, I recommend it Now back to the Nazis.Thanks to Edelweiss for an advance copy.

  6. says:

    Incredibly intriguing, Half of What You Hear is a must read that artfully delves its way through the layers of gossip, secrets and lies of the small and seemingly charming town of Greybill, where everyone knows your name, and oh so much Buckle up for a fun ride and one thing is for sure you won t know who to believe until the very end.

  7. says:

    Half of What You Hear by Kristyn Kusek Lewis is a fast paced, compelling page turner that reminded me so much of what it s like growing up in a small southern town When you grow up or live in a small town like Greyhill, the small, old moneyed Virginia town, in Lewis newest novel, everybody knows everybody else and if they don t, many of them try and find out everything they can about you until they think they know you You can t go outside without someone you know stopping to give or get the latest gossip, which will then be passed all over town by the end of the dayand never told the same way twice Oh, the gossip and secrets That s one thing that seems to keep small southern towns a buzz even if the secret was never supposed to be shared After a shocking episode that causes her to be fired from her job as the social secretary at the White House working for the first lady, Beth Warner is ready for a carefree and relaxed life where she can begin recovering from her very public humiliation, but she doesn t bargain with the struggle to fit in with Greyhill, the sleepy southern town where everyone, including her husband Cole, has been friends since practically birth and she s viewed as an outsider, especially by the pack of gossipy, petty adult women who have the high school mentality that they run the town Even her own mother in law is overly critical and her kids are pushing her away, especially her daughter as she struggles to fit into her new school Beth feels lost than before since she can t find a way to adjust to her new life in her town.When Bess is offered the opportunity to interview Susannah Lane, Greyhill s most famous and mysterious resident, for the Washington Post, she accepts since she thinks this will be a way to get a foothold in with the town since tongues have been non stop wagging since Susannah s return after living in New York City for decades Beth finds that she starts to hit it off with Susannah but when Susannah starts to spill shocking and disturbing secrets about the past, Beth can t help but wonder about Susannah s motives Can Susannah be trusted Or is she crazy like town gossips say she is I really enjoyed this domestic drama It has a great plot with an intriguing mystery in it that I didn t expect The cast of characters were all enjoyable even the side characters, and Susannah is one lively character that I won t forget for a long time I had to shake my head at several of the characters when they were gathered to gossip because some just had no clue that they were being talked about in another part of the book Lewis really portrays the power gossip has to destroy someone unless a person is willing to search for and speak the truth A great lesson in only believing half of what you hear unless you know it s the truth I definitely recommend it to fans of contemporary women s fiction and light domestic dramaif you re a fan of Emily Giffin, Elin Hilderbrand, or Liane Moriarity, then I think you ll like this one but expect to be transported to a southern setting where the tea is sweet and the gossip not so much Half of What You Hear releases on December 31, 2018, so make sure you grab a copy Thank you Edelweiss and Harper for an ARC copy to read in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  8. says:

    This was an ok read, but it didn t really keep my attention I thought the characters were mostly well written, and the town, but maybe there was too much drama, or maybe the plot just didn t jibe with me all the way through It had too many mysteries going on, so I ended up not really caring about any of them I enjoyed it, but didn t love it.

  9. says:

    A small town, a new family trying to fit in, an eccentric old lady, and gossip that never stops Greyhill, Virginia is a small town with lifelong residents Cole grew up in this town and is ecstatic to be moving his family back His wife, Bess, is not so sure Behind this idyllic setting is a web of gossip that fuels the residents As Bess tries to find her way in this new town of hers, the women make it hard with their judgements and backhanded compliments Bess is feeling insecure and on edge, so when she s given the opportunity to write a story about the mysterious Susannah Lane she jumps at it Told in multiple perspectives, it was fun to read the actual events and then follow along with different townspeople as the story was altered or perceived differently in the subsequent rumor mill Half of What You Hear was a fun Southern tale with a side of mystery that left me turning the pages For me, Half of What You Hear was 5 stars Thank you harpercollinsus for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review.

  10. says:

    First 2 3 was a solid 4 stars but then things fell apart for me It was an entertaining read and I liked the setting.

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