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Thursday, May 18, 2017

With Love for Romantic Books: Half-Truths by Randileigh Kennedy - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze
Whitley lives in Nashville, where she's trying to make it as a songwriter. She lets people in Mountain Ridge, her hometown, believe she has the perfect life by implying that she's successful, she's dating a famous singer and she has a fantastic apartment. In reality she lives in a crappy studio, she's still waiting for her big break and she went through a nasty breakup, so she's single again. Because of her father's health Whitley has to return to Mountain Ridge as soon as she can. She doesn't know what to expect, but the prognosis isn't good and Whitley is worried.
At the airport Whitley meets Sawyer. Sawyer is a serious guy with plenty of ambition. He wants to become a great doctor. He studies hard and has his whole future mapped out already. Whitley is a wreck because of everything she's lost and might lose and that is something Sawyer understands very well, he knows what it feels like to grieve. He's there for her when she needs him and he makes sure she has fun when she isn't at the hospital looking after her father. However, Whitley's in an uncertain situation and she doesn't know what she wants or needs. Will they have a chance to get to know each other or is her life too messy to let Sawyer in?
Half-Truths is an impressive story. Whitley is adventurous, kind and impulsive. I loved how she says exactly what she thinks. She's working hard to make her dreams come true and she's determined to achieve something in her life. I admired her drive and her passion. She's a creative person, but she's also a perfectionist, something that sometimes helps her, but also stands in her way if she isn't careful. Sawyer is just as hardworking and he's chivalrous and sweet. He knows exactly what Whitley needs. They have a beautiful deep connection, which is based on both attraction and friendship. There's chemistry and they can laugh together, which is a wonderful combination that I liked a lot.
Whitley's father is gravely ill and Randileigh Kennedy writes about this in a moving way without making the situation too heavy. She's realistic and empathic, but she's also positive. I loved the closeness of Whitley's family. When they are together they do everything they can to have a good time. Even if life is difficult they try to make sure they enjoy themselves and that joy is in the little things, in small gestures and unconditional love. It's an admirable way of life that is making Half-Truths an extra impressive story. I absolutely loved this part of the book, it's very special.
Randileigh Kennedy's writing has a nice flow. She's also chosen a stunning setting for her book. Lake Tahoe is a fantastic place and her vivid descriptions are making it come to life incredibly well. Because of Sawyer Whitley sees the beauty of the area she used to call home and she discovers new things about the place she thought she knew everything about. That is a fabulous element of the story. It shows that being with someone you feel connected to makes you discover a new part of the world no matter where you are or how well you think you know it. Half-Truths is a multilayered romantic story with plenty of surprising twists and turns. I loved this amazing book.

If you love small town romance with plenty of emotional layers I highly recommend Half-Truths.
About Randileigh Kennedy
Randileigh Kennedy grew up in Nevada and now resides in the Midwest. She has had many eclectic experiences - she has been a pig farmer, a world traveler, a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, a radio DJ, an expert at Monopoly, a party planning addict, a hypochondriac who overuses WebMD, a wife, a mother, a songwriter - and the list continues to grow.

She currently has five books available - all three books in the SIX Series (these are light, easy-to-read summer love stories and can be read independently, although they are more enjoyable when read in sequence), along with two separate standalone books, Ten Seconds of Crazy, and The Falling Kind. All of these books are more of a "clean" romance - no 18+ rating (they're more like a PG-13 movie... :)

For more on Randileigh Kennedy, please visit her website at
Five very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a copy of Half-Truths. Winners from the US can choose between a signed paperback and an eBook, the rest of the winners will receive an eBook.
The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. I love small town romance books. Sounds like a good read.

  2. Small town romance is perfect for summer reading. Whitley and Sawyer sound like an interesting couple. Thanks for sharing.

  3. love a good romance, and this looks interesting xx

  4. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  5. Half truths sounds like a good read. Thank you

  6. It really is true, isn't it: joy is found in the little things.

  7. This is a really good review and the book is sounds also so good as joy is found not always in the big things but the littlest of things! Thank you for offering print books i will also review on a few sites goodreads and amazon !

  8. Thanks for the giveaway.


  9. I guess people tell half truths to save face, or to not cause too much pain. My mother always said, half truths are half lies too, so I don't really know what to think lol. I'd like to read the book in any case; maybe it will help me make a decision! :)

  10. This book looks really interesting! Thank you for the giveaway!