Happy release day to the talented author, J.A. Owenby! I was super excited to have the opportunity to read an advanced review copy of The Truth She Knew, and wow, what a great debut full-length novel by Owenby.


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. 
*** Ages 17+ Contains language, sex, and violence 
*** This is book 1 in a series


My Review:

I read J.A. Owenby’s short stories last year, and they left a memorable impression upon me. Learning she was writing this book, The Truth She Knew, I was very excited to read! I was blown away with the author’s style of writing and found myself highlighting several passages as I read. I was intrigued to learn more about Lacey and mother from the very beginning, and I kept turning the pages until I almost finished in one sitting to see how the story unfolded. A truly powerful book dealing with sensitive issues in a sensitive and thought-provoking manner.

This really is an extraordinary story and a must read for 2016. I eagerly look forward to reading the next book by this author.

What are other readers saying?

“J.A. Owenby has outdone herself! The Truth She Knew is a beautifully written, thought provoking story that will leave you wanting more. The feelings and emotions come through page after page, and I while I could not put the book down, I also didn’t want it to end.” ~ Sarah J.
“I’m in love!! I could NOT put this down and I read the entire book in half a day!” ~ Nancy S.
“A bittersweet story of young love, independence, and soul-crushing manipulation.” ~ Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff
“I could not put this novel down! Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster ride and have the box of tissues handy.” ~ Colleen C.


“You can’t run from yourself,” I whispered.
“What?” he said and moved closer.
“You can’t run from yourself,” I said louder. “When you’re the problem, if you run, it just follows you. No matter what I do, no matter how hard I try to change, I’m not getting better.”
Confusion clouded Walker’s face as he struggled with my words.
“Are you sick?” he asked as his voice hitched.
“I . . .”
He didn’t step any closer and wrap his arms around me. He didn’t promise things would be okay this time.
“Yes, Walker, I’m sick.” I bit my lip and forced the tears back. I was so tired of crying.

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