✓ Half of What You Hear õ Download by ô Kristyn Kusek Lewis 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.
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.
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 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 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 sec
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.
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.
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 d
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 lad 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