Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lies and Other Acts of Love
by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Title: Lies and Other Acts of Love
Author: Kristy Woodson Harvey
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Berkley

Dear Carolina was praised as “Southern fiction at its best.”* Now author Kristy Woodson Harvey presents a new novel about what it really means to tell the truth . . .

After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies. 

Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing—that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiancĂ© and marries a musician she has known for three days. After all, her grandparents, who fell in love at first sight, have shared a lifetime of happiness, even through her grandfather’s declining health.

But when Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves . . .


There are some books you read and enjoy, and then there are some books you consume. LIES AND ORHER ACTS OF LOVE was the latter. I started this book with uncertainty. Yes, it sounded amazing, but when I read a book by a new to me author I'm always worried that I won't connect with the authors writing. That was not the case at all. I immediately got pulled into Kristy Woodson Harvey's storytelling and I could not put the book down. 

Lovey had an epic love. Being married for over 50 years to the love of her life she's always been the one her granddaughter Annabelle looks up to. When Annabelle breaks off her engagement and marries a musician three days later, she needs her grandmothers approval, and gets it.

But things about Lovey’s life and relationship aren’t as perfect as Annabelle always thought. When secrets are revealed Annabelle questions everything she thought she knew about her grandparents, and about her own understanding of love. 


LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE is about family, love, lies and self discovery. It's about navigating in a world where life isn't perfect or fair, and the decisions you make stay with you for life. The is a story about forgiveness and accepting who you really are. 

I have to admit the ending was a little much for me (no spoilers here), but it didn’t cause my feeling for this beautiful novel to change. I am now a huge Kristy Woodson Harvey fan and when I finished I immediately ordered the authors other novel, DEAR CAROLINE… which I will be starting very soon. 

If you’re looking for a meaningful, emotionally charged story, pick up LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE. It is truly one of my favorite books. 



  1. Thank you for reviewing Lies and Other Acts of Love!

    1. Thank YOU for writing such an amazing story. I couldn't get enough of Lovey and Annabelle! :)