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 fa

  • Title: Half of What You Hear
  • Author: Kristyn Kusek Lewis
  • ISBN: 0062673351
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 re 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 any.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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 384 pages Published December 31st 2018 by Harper Paperbacks More Details ISBN 0062673351 ISBN13 9780062673350 Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Half of What You Hear, please sign up

    Be the first to ask a question about Half of What You Hear

    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 12, 2019 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 reads, arcs, kindle version 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 No 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 jennifertarheelreader flag 58 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Dec 22, 2018 Holly B rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves enjoyed the characters, enjoyed the setting, read in 2018 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 fro 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 flag 46 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Dec 23, 2018 Kristy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves a real book wow, librarything, arc, fiction, harper collins, read in 2018, women s fiction 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 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 flag 24 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 03, 2018 Elizabeth of Silvers Reviews rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 becaus 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 woment 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 Besst 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 flag 21 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 28, 2018 Page rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 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 flag 17 likesLike see review Sep 10, 2018 Liz Fenton rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 flag 15 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 19, 2018 Stephanie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves women s fiction, southern, read in 2018 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 l 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 flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 27, 2018 Sandra rated it liked it review of another edition 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 flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Christina Bookwormmommyof3 rated it really liked it A juicy book that took place in a small town embedded with secrets including a death I devoured this book and highly recommend reading the insights and interview at the end I loved Little Fires Everywhere of course this book had a spark that reminded me of Big Little Lies, so fans of both books rejoice There was depth to this book because there was the normal domestic drama and Kristyn took it in so many interesting directions No Monday Blues here I highly recommend this book L A juicy book that took place in a small town embedded with secrets including a death I devoured this book and highly recommend reading the insights and interview at the end I loved Little Fires Everywhere of course this book had a spark that reminded me of Big Little Lies, so fans of both books rejoice There was depth to this book because there was the normal domestic drama and Kristyn took it in so many interesting directions No Monday Blues here I highly recommend this book Looking forward to her next book flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 02, 2018 Jen rated it really liked it review of another edition 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, 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 flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 08, 2018 Patty rated it it was amazing review of another edition Half Of What You HearByKristyn Kusek LewisWhat it s all aboutWhen Cole and Bess return to Cole s small Virginia town to run his family s inn they have no idea of what living in a small close knit community would be like Mean girls, mean women, gossiplots of gossipsurround them Not only does Bess have trouble trying to fit in but her daughter does, too Why I wanted to read itI love books like this onethere is lots of mystery and intrigue mixed in with growing up in a small town Half Of What You HearByKristyn Kusek LewisWhat it s all aboutWhen Cole and Bess return to Cole s small Virginia town to run his family s inn they have no idea of what living in a small close knit community would be like Mean girls, mean women, gossiplots of gossipsurround them Not only does Bess have trouble trying to fit in but her daughter does, too Why I wanted to read itI love books like this onethere is lots of mystery and intrigue mixed in with growing up in a small town that has lots of secrets Susannah is one of those mysteries After living in NYC she returns only to shake this small town up again She is quite a character And a character that Bess gets involved with right away What made me truly enjoy this bookI tend to forget just how nasty mean girls can be and how difficult it is to stand up to them Bess not only has issues with women her age but also her daughter and her mother in law Why you should read it, tooReaders who love small town mysteries with a Southern twist will love this book I received an advance reader s copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss and It was my choice to read it and review it flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Natalie Mullan rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary 3.5 for a style of writing similar to Liane Moriarty Set in what could be a small town anywhere, gossip, innuendo, and stories that have morphed over time generations Sometimes we hear what we want and say it the way we wish it The story felt believable to an extent but the value is in the life lessons that can be taken from it Will you remember reading it, probably not, will you take something from it, probably Light, contemporary and enjoyable 3.5 for a style of writing similar to Liane Moriarty Set in what could be a small town anywhere, gossip, innuendo, and stories that have morphed over time generations Sometimes we hear what we want and say it the way we wish it The story felt believable to an extent but the value is in the life lessons that can be taken from it Will you remember reading it, probably not, will you take something from it, probably Light, contemporary and enjoyable flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 22, 2018 Rachel Wells rated it it was amazing When Bess and Cole leave DC for Greyhill, VA to take over Cole s parents inn, the picturesque town seems like the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of their old life However, small town southern life is a whole different ball game As Bess dives into the intricacies of what makes this town tick and the rumor mill run , she discovers that not everything is as it seems in Greyhill Kristyn has managed to capture life in a southern townwhere everyone knows your name and your business When Bess and Cole leave DC for Greyhill, VA to take over Cole s parents inn, the picturesque town seems like the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of their old life However, small town southern life is a whole different ball game As Bess dives into the intricacies of what makes this town tick and the rumor mill run , she discovers that not everything is as it seems in Greyhill Kristyn has managed to capture life in a southern townwhere everyone knows your name and your business before you do This book was a charming tale filled with just the right dash of suspense and intrigue to keep the pages turning flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 30, 2018 Susan Csoke rated it really liked it Bess is elated to be leaving Washington with her husband Cole and their twins to begin a new life in old quiet Greyhill Virginia just across the road from Cole s mother Soon Bess is rethinking her decision as she unravels the dark secrets of Susannah Lane, a prominent figure in Greyhill Thankyou for this free book flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Becca Hatheway rated it it was amazing I loved this book and couldn t put it down The story is compelling and takes some interesting turns The characters are complex and nuanced, and many are so relatable I love that the town is a character as well the author does a wonderful job creating a sense of place I highly recommend this book flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Barbara White rated it it was amazing review of another edition Is gossip ever harmless Can you outrun your past What s the line between needing to belong and refusing to compromise who you are These are questions that hunted me after I finished reading HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR, a page turner about a strong woman facing a major turning point in her life, and the mercurial older woman who befriends her Scandal swirls around both women when their cross paths in the seemingly idyllic town of Greyhill But Greyhill has a dark underbelly, and town gossip is a co Is gossip ever harmless Can you outrun your past What s the line between needing to belong and refusing to compromise who you are These are questions that hunted me after I finished reading HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR, a page turner about a strong woman facing a major turning point in her life, and the mercurial older woman who befriends her Scandal swirls around both women when their cross paths in the seemingly idyllic town of Greyhill But Greyhill has a dark underbelly, and town gossip is a competitive sport that treats both women as outsiders Layers of family secrets and lies add many twists and turns to the fun gossip chapters woven throughout the novel, and those twists keep coming to the last few pages Bookclubs are going to love this one flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 28, 2018 Amy rated it liked it review of another edition A decent read about a woman who moves with her family to her husband s hometown in Virginia She writes a newspaper article about a resident from one of the prominent familes of the town and finds she has to deal with the drama, gossip and secrets of the people and their community I enjoyed this book And the main character had twinsas did I Always fun to read about something you can relate to flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Sue rated it really liked it review of another edition Fitting in is not easy in a small town no matter who you are I went through the pain of moving to a small town after leaving Detroit, so this book spoke to me in many ways My move wasn t quite as dramatic as the move in the book but it WAS difficult.Bess Warner, her husband Cole and their two children move from Washington DC to Greyhill, a small town in Virginia, after Bess s very public firing from her job as social secretary to the First Lady in the White House At first she thinks the move Fitting in is not easy in a small town no matter who you are I went through the pain of moving to a small town after leaving Detroit, so this book spoke to me in many ways My move wasn t quite as dramatic as the move in the book but it WAS difficult.Bess Warner, her husband Cole and their two children move from Washington DC to Greyhill, a small town in Virginia, after Bess s very public firing from her job as social secretary to the First Lady in the White House At first she thinks the move may not be too bad because it s her husbands home town and she had visited there often She quickly finds out that visiting in a small town and living in one are very different Her problems are added to because they live across the road from her husband s parents and her mother in law doesn t approve of her In a small town, there are no secrets and everyone knows everyone else s business and what they don t know for sure, they speculate about When Bess makes the move, she finds out how difficult it is to fit in Then when she is offered a chance to write an article about the notorious Susannah, one of the town s oldest residents, she finds herself the center of even gossip Can she find a place in small town America where she and her husband and children are safe and can have a happy life Even though my transition to small town living was much less dramatic that Bess s, her story still resonated with me It is difficult to fit into a totally different life especially when every move you make is part of the local gossip grapevine I thought this was a great book about small town life with some fantastic believable characters I really liked Bess but had some problems with her husband who tended to side with the town that with his wife That said, the small town drama and some of the quirky characters in town along with Bess s quest to be accepted will quickly draw you in to this great novel.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Cori rated it really liked it review of another edition If you enjoy Liane Moriarty books, I highly recommend Half of What You Hear Full of drama and entertainment, kristynkuseklewis creates a light, fun readAt first the characters appear to follow over exaggerated cliches, but most of them have way depth than initially presumed Bess, the main character, finds herself in a whole new world when she moves to her husband s hometown The town is full of women who like to spread rumors and pass around the latest gossip, oftentimes at the expens If you enjoy Liane Moriarty books, I highly recommend Half of What You Hear Full of drama and entertainment, kristynkuseklewis creates a light, fun readAt first the characters appear to follow over exaggerated cliches, but most of them have way depth than initially presumed Bess, the main character, finds herself in a whole new world when she moves to her husband s hometown The town is full of women who like to spread rumors and pass around the latest gossip, oftentimes at the expense of other others The move back to her husband s hometown was prompted by a bad work situation, after Bess got fired from the White House After the move, Bess agrees to switch careers and do an article on the 1 town pariah, Susannah even of an outcast than herself While interviewing Susannah, long buried secrets come to light and cause irreparable damage to the town and Bess s family Bess gives Susannah the benefit of the doubt and tells her children that People say things about you as you go through life, people might believe you re a certain way but it should never dictate what you believe about yourself in your heart, or the way you behave towards others Since Bess was bullied as a young girl, old insecurities are brought back up to the surface when she moves into town and is judged by the majority of the women As if being the town outcast wasn t hard enough, rumor also has it that Bess s daugher Livvie is bullying her classmates Bess must figure out how to juggle her husband s annoying ex girlfriend, writing an article on the towns biggest outcast, drama with her in laws, and raising preteensIn a book like this, I assumed I could predict the ending but I was wrong and there were a few pleasant surprises along the way.Thank you harperperennial and tlcbooktours for the free copy flag Like see review Dec 26, 2018 Kelly rated it liked it Shelves giveaways Half of What You Hear certainly seems to be an apt description for this book When Bess suffers public humiliation and a firing from her job as the social secretary to the First Lady, she and her husband Cole move back to his small, picture perfect hometown and across the street from his parents What quickly becomes apparent to Bess is how cliquish the community is and how she doesn t fit in An old friend offers a job to Bess writing an article about the reclusive and eccentric Susannah which Half of What You Hear certainly seems to be an apt description for this book When Bess suffers public humiliation and a firing from her job as the social secretary to the First Lady, she and her husband Cole move back to his small, picture perfect hometown and across the street from his parents What quickly becomes apparent to Bess is how cliquish the community is and how she doesn t fit in An old friend offers a job to Bess writing an article about the reclusive and eccentric Susannah which seems a refuge until Bess comes to question what Susannah s motives are during their meetings I can certainly imagine these things happening, but it s not the most fun reading material Most of the women are horrible people, Bess husband is unsupportive to the struggles she s going through, and Susannah and the stories she tells are incredibly confusing In the ARC I read the book alternates between Bess telling the story and the occasional chatter around town, but there s one brief chapter told from her daughter s point of view that seems random and out of place This book is okay, and I definitely felt outrage by the way Bess was treated in the Greyhill community, but it was also something I couldn t really get into with everyone being so nasty and manipulative to each other flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Lacey rated it liked it Looking for a juicy, summer time feeling read to hold you over during winter Well, look no further Bess has moved to her husband s small, old money, the hometown of Greyhill, Virginia Where the summers are hot but the gossip is even hotter Bess would love to fit in comfortably but immediately feels like an outsider When the opportunity to interview the town s eccentric billionaire, who is also treated as an outsider, for her friend at Huffington Post, she feels like she shouldn t pass up a c Looking for a juicy, summer time feeling read to hold you over during winter Well, look no further Bess has moved to her husband s small, old money, the hometown of Greyhill, Virginia Where the summers are hot but the gossip is even hotter Bess would love to fit in comfortably but immediately feels like an outsider When the opportunity to interview the town s eccentric billionaire, who is also treated as an outsider, for her friend at Huffington Post, she feels like she shouldn t pass up a chance to get something right after her failed previous job as a White House event coordinator But digging into the town s past and Susannah Lane will have consequences than Bess expected and could end up ruining the life she has worked so hard for.Half Of What You Hear is 350 pages long and took me 3 days to read.I really enjoyed reading this book and give it a 3 out of 5 The ending is perfect and had me questioning everything I had previously read.Thank you, Harper, for sending me this copy Here s to the adventure of finding a novel novel Lacey flag Like see review Jan 08, 2019 Reader_27 rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves giveaways I found myself sucked in really quickly with Bess s story She s trying to find herself after losing a high profile job in D.C and moving to a slower paced idyllic lifestyle in Virginia Very quickly she learns life isn t as idyllic as she thought in her new home in Virginia Family ties are important and things Bess and honestly as a city girl myself would find odd or trivial are certainly not viewed the same among her new neighbors Adding to the problems, Bess has two teens who are also tr I found myself sucked in really quickly with Bess s story She s trying to find herself after losing a high profile job in D.C and moving to a slower paced idyllic lifestyle in Virginia Very quickly she learns life isn t as idyllic as she thought in her new home in Virginia Family ties are important and things Bess and honestly as a city girl myself would find odd or trivial are certainly not viewed the same among her new neighbors Adding to the problems, Bess has two teens who are also trying to settle in their new environment and Bess accepts an assignment of interviewing a notorious, yet mysterious neighbor.I would definitely recommend this book Kristyn builds this story at a very enjoyable pace The Virginian based characters are like a lot of old southern folk, anyone with family from the south can easily see how realistically Kristyn describes them.Thank You GoodReads and Harper Publishing Received this book in a Giveaway drawing flag Like see review Jan 03, 2019 Bridget Bishop rated it it was amazing review of another edition Kristyn Kusek Lewis s sophisticated writing in HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR blends southern charm with northern wit to create an intriguing, fast paced mystery Her heroine is well developed and relatable All of the characters feel like people you might know for better or worse HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR examines how change in time, environment, and or occupation can impact all kinds of relationships.I especially enjoyed how well Kusek Lewis captures what it means to be a woman and what that lo Kristyn Kusek Lewis s sophisticated writing in HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR blends southern charm with northern wit to create an intriguing, fast paced mystery Her heroine is well developed and relatable All of the characters feel like people you might know for better or worse HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR examines how change in time, environment, and or occupation can impact all kinds of relationships.I especially enjoyed how well Kusek Lewis captures what it means to be a woman and what that looks like for different generations Kusek Lewis expertly shows how all of the choices, circumstances and pressures women face could easily drive you off a cliff In one striking chapter, the main character Bess, advises her pre teen daughter on how to deal with life s difficulties while she internally continues to struggle with this herself.Kusek Lewis balances all of these deep insights with funny one liners, good fashion, and of course plenty of juicy gossip flag Like see review Jan 09, 2019 Andi Booklovinmama25 rated it really liked it review of another edition Thank you Harper Books for the free review copy After reading my usual crime psychological thrillers that I normally do, Half of What You Hear was a great break It was hard for me to adapt to in the beginning, but I would say about 50 pages in I was hooked Tons of gossip, secrets, rebellion and different family dynamics that it almost had a warm comforting feel I truly felt as if I was in Greyhill itself hanging out with all these people Although I did want to snap the main character, Bess, Thank you Harper Books for the free review copy After reading my usual crime psychological thrillers that I normally do, Half of What You Hear was a great break It was hard for me to adapt to in the beginning, but I would say about 50 pages in I was hooked Tons of gossip, secrets, rebellion and different family dynamics that it almost had a warm comforting feel I truly felt as if I was in Greyhill itself hanging out with all these people Although I did want to snap the main character, Bess, out of her cordial character towards the people of Greyhill She was very polite, but I wanted to stand up for her so many times because she felt like such an outsider The town rebellion Susannah that everyone gossiped about was my spirit animal She was so carefree and did things her way even if everyone judged her Her and I would be like two peas in a pod flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Karen Hufman rated it really liked it review of another edition Bess is moving to the small town of Greyhill with her husband and 2 kids after losing her White House job to a scandal where she s looking forward to a quieter life where her husband will manage the family s inn Bess quickly finds out that the women aren t necessarily kind and they bring back inadequacies from her past, which are feelings that her mother in law, who lives across the street, is only too happy to support Thrown into Bess s life is Susannah Greyhill who has come back to town afte Bess is moving to the small town of Greyhill with her husband and 2 kids after losing her White House job to a scandal where she s looking forward to a quieter life where her husband will manage the family s inn Bess quickly finds out that the women aren t necessarily kind and they bring back inadequacies from her past, which are feelings that her mother in law, who lives across the street, is only too happy to support Thrown into Bess s life is Susannah Greyhill who has come back to town after a long absence Bess is hired by a friend to write a story on Susannah s return and Bess gets caught up in the life and past of a small town flag Like see review Dec 23, 2018 Page rated it liked it review of another edition Bess is a woman with something to prove to the world after a Washington mishap turned her career track into demolition derby Tasked with getting the what, who, and why of the reappearance of the reclusive and elusive Susannah Lane the former New York socialite who left Greyhillunder a cloud of suspicion and zero allegiance.At first, Bess views the opportunity to get the scoop as a way to kill the boredom of small time life and, possibly, rebuild her tattered reputation However, what Bess soon Bess is a woman with something to prove to the world after a Washington mishap turned her career track into demolition derby Tasked with getting the what, who, and why of the reappearance of the reclusive and elusive Susannah Lane the former New York socialite who left Greyhillunder a cloud of suspicion and zero allegiance.At first, Bess views the opportunity to get the scoop as a way to kill the boredom of small time life and, possibly, rebuild her tattered reputation However, what Bess soon discovers is involving herself with Susannah could have lasting consequences.The story kept my interest for the most part There was a bit of a twist towards the end but nothing too zany Honestly, the weird friendship of Bess and Susannah albeit complicated was also endearing Especially since Bess s husband was about as likable as a rash.The town of Greyhill doesn t read unlike any other small town where the residents thrive off rumors and innuendo but that also means you ve likely read many of these characters before the pampered socialite, the uppity know it all, the clueless wonder, etc They bored me and added nothing to the story other than a way to further justify Bess s need to be anywhere but Greyhill Still, it was a well told story and it was interesting enough to keep you tethered until the end Thank you to Edelweiss for this Advanced eGalley of Half of What You Hear in exchange for this honest review flag Like see review Jan 07, 2019 Denise Levendoski rated it really liked it Shelves won on 2018 thank you Thank you to Kristyn Kusek Lewis and I won this book in a Giveaway.I really liked this book The lessons in this book are so very hard to learn and accept even as adults When something happens the truth is based on your perception and influences, and for everyone that is different And of course everyone wants to be the first to tell the story of how they want to remember it This book showcases all of this, the gossip, how the truth can be twisted based on your memories but it Thank you to Kristyn Kusek Lewis and I won this book in a Giveaway.I really liked this book The lessons in this book are so very hard to learn and accept even as adults When something happens the truth is based on your perception and influences, and for everyone that is different And of course everyone wants to be the first to tell the story of how they want to remember it This book showcases all of this, the gossip, how the truth can be twisted based on your memories but it also has a touch of forgiveness in it flag Like see review Jan 20, 2019 Kate rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, audio I read romances and cozy mysteries with small towns that would look comfortable in a Hallmark movie But I ve lived in a small town close to reality and like the town in Half of What You Hear A small town where gossip and not so secert secrets haunt people families their whole lives.The audio I bought off of Libro was great Loved the new to me narrator, and the way she captured the spirit of Lewis s characters flag Like see review Jan 04, 2019 Jessica rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves own I would recommend this book The book is basically told through the eyes of Bess, the main character, living in a small town where everyone tries to know everyone else s business People like to gossip and Bess is trying to find the truth about one remarkable person s past The character s are believable and can easily be related to flag Like see review Dec 27, 2018 Julie rated it liked it review of another edition I enjoyed this book and the story of coming back home after decades For Cricket it isn t about starting over but of reclaiming what she lost For Bess it is about starting over and redefining herself Neither one is easy and both have their own issues to deal with There were times when I did feel Bess was in over her head flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed My new novel, HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR, is available now in bookstores everywhere I m the author of SAVE ME Grand Central, Dec 2014 , a novel about two doctors, a tragic accident, and the power of forgiveness, and HOW LUCKY YOU ARE Grand Central, Sept 2012 , a novel about three women and the growing pains of their enduring friendship Both books reached 1 on Barnes Noble s Top 100 Bestselling NOOK Books and HOW LUCKY was a Target Emerging Authors Pick, a Working Mother Five Best Fall Books and Parents Magazine Mom Must Read A former magazine editor at publications including Glamour and Child, I ve been writing for national publications for nearly twenty years My work has appeared in dozens of publications including the New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Reader s Digest, and many I live in the Washington, D.C area with my family Connect with me on social media Instagram kristynkuseklewisFB facebook kristynkuseklewisauthorTwitter kkuseklewis Books by Kristyn Kusek Lewis More Trivia About Half of What You No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 60, 77, 93, 23, 14 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

    Welcome back Just a moment while we sign you in to your account.

    Robert Half accounting, finance and banking jobs Robert Half Australia Robert Half Austria Robert Half Belgium Robert Half Brazil Robert Half Canada Robert Half Chile Robert Half China Robert Half UAE The Middle Half Tenative date set for Middle Half October , Website details will be updated once final approvals have been secured. ROTORUA December , ROTORUA SUFFER. this is where we come to suffer top suffer Reading Half Marathon Half Marathon results researched between Autumn and Spring Half Moon Bay SB Driving Directions to Half Moon Bay SB The beach is located a half mile west of Highway with parking lots in the City of Half Moon Bay The three parking and beach access points are below HALF LIFE Reloaded Necromanthus HALF LIFE Reloaded a ShockWave online demo of Half Life by Necromanthus The Orange Box Half Life Half Life sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling Valve s debut title wins than game of the year awards on its way to being named Best PC Game Ever by PC Gamer. Sheffield Half Marathon Blog SIG Insulation Sheffield The th Sheffield Half Marathon A Gold Grade Race awarded by UK Athletics BARR Sheffield s Great Fun Run K whilst the Half Marathon is taking place. Half Moon Bay Golf Club Cairns Cairns Friendliest Golf Whether you re a scratch player or a total beginner, a long time resident or visiting Cairns on holidays, Half Moon Bay Golf Club offers a challenging golfing experience and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Poverty Facts and Stats Global Issues Almost half the world over three billion people live on less than . a day At least % of humanity lives on less than a day Source More than percent of the world s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.

    • [PDF] Download ☆ Half of What You Hear | by Ë Kristyn Kusek Lewis
      405 Kristyn Kusek Lewis
    • thumbnail Title: [PDF] Download ☆ Half of What You Hear | by Ë Kristyn Kusek Lewis
      Posted by:Kristyn Kusek Lewis
      Published :2019-01-19T22:47:11+00:00

    About “Kristyn Kusek Lewis”

    1. Kristyn Kusek Lewis

      My new novel, HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR, is available now in bookstores everywhere I m the author of SAVE ME Grand Central, Dec 2014 , a novel about two doctors, a tragic accident, and the power of forgiveness, and HOW LUCKY YOU ARE Grand Central, Sept 2012 , a novel about three women and the growing pains of their enduring friendship Both books reached 1 on Barnes Noble s Top 100 Bestsellin My new novel, HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR, is available now in bookstores everywhere I m the author of SAVE ME Grand Central, Dec 2014 , a novel about two doctors, a tragic accident, and the power of forgiveness, and HOW LUCKY YOU ARE Grand Central, Sept 2012 , a novel about three women and the growing pains of their enduring friendship Both books reached 1 on Barnes Noble s Top 100 Bestselling NOOK Books and HOW LUCKY was a Target Emerging Authors Pick, a Working Mother Five Best Fall Books and Parents Magazine Mom Must Read A former magazine editor at publications including Glamour and Child, I ve been writing for national publications for nearly twenty years My work has appeared in dozens of publications including the New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Reader s Digest, and many I live in the Washington, D.C area with my family Connect with me on social media Instagram kristynkuseklewisFB facebook kristynkuseklewisauthorTwitter kkuseklewis

    380 thoughts on “Half of What You Hear”

    1. 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 No 4 st [...]


    2. 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 fro 3.5 This [...]


    3. 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 Bess [...]


    4. 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 becaus M [...]


    5. 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 After read [...]


    6. 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. 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 t [...]


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *