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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

BLURB BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Truth She Knew (The Truth Series #1) by J.A. Owenby


New Adult, Contemporary Fiction



Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me.

For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.

But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.

Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known. The other means never really knowing the truth.

The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.

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I took my seat belt off and turned to face him. His blue eyes captivated me. I could lose myself in them forever and never care. A soft patch of hair shadowed his upper lip. My gaze lingered as I wondered what his lips would feel like against mine.

“What are you thinking?” he asked and trailed his finger lightly across my cheek.

I blushed and silently cursed my pale skin as I reached for his hand. His fingers intertwined with mine. They were strong, rough, and soft all at the same time.

“I’m not good for you, Walker.” I glanced down, embarrassed that those words had slipped out of my mouth. No way had I intended to say anything like that, but my mouth had a mind of its own. My plan had included ending the night with a thank-you and letting Walker go, but instead, it was turning into a tug-of-war between my heart and my brain.

“Lacey, I highly doubt that,” he replied and squeezed my hand.

“How would you know? We just met.” I dared to glance at him. If he knew what I meant he would kick me out of his car right then, leave, and never look back.

Walker leaned his head against his seat as he ran his free hand through his hair. His eyes settled on my face.

“If we date, you’re going to hear things about me and my ex-girlfriend. You and I share some mutual friends and enemies.”

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

The Truth She Knew is a simply outstanding book. I have only just finished it, and I am desperate for more. Words just cannot express how good a job J.A. Owenby has done with this. It is raw, heartbreaking, funny, shocking, all in all, a must-read!

Lacey is living her 'normal'. She pretends to her friends, even her close ones, and deals with her mama whichever way she can. Walker is dealing with his own trials; his mother is terminally ill and he knows that he doesn't have much longer with her. These two get together and you feel that all is right with the world. He supports her, protects her, wherever and whenever he can - even against her own family. In return, she loves and adores his family, doing all she can to help. Of course, it isn't all plain-sailing, and Walker does something that almost made me throw my kindle at the wall!!! It is hard to remember sometimes, that he is only supposed to be 18/19, and we all did stupid things then, especially when under stress.

Events happen in this book that are heartwarming and heartbreaking. You will ride an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. Lacey could break from all that happens, but she doesn't. You know she doesn't because the story starts in the present day, before going back 20 years. This book is part of a series though, so be warned - it doesn't all finish nicely in this book, no matter how much you might want it to! I found myself stuck in a paradox as I really wanted to know how it ended, but I didn't want to stop reading. 

Exceptionally well-written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this book is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this to everyone as a must-read for 2016! And I really can't wait for Echoes Beneath which is book 2 in the series. 

* I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. *

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 J.A. Owenby lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats.

She's a published author of six short stories, and she is currently working on her second full-length novel. She also runs her own business as a professional resume writer and interview coach—she helps people find jobs they love.

J.A. is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult, and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and good wine. And call her crazy, but she loves the rainy Pacific Northwest; she gets her best story ideas while listening to the rain pattering against the windows in front of the fireplace.
You can follow the progress of her upcoming novel on Facebook at Author J.A. Owenby and on Twitter @jaowenby.

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