Book Review: Lies and Other Acts of Love

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Here I am again, with another book review! I’m plowing through that list again. I should have shared this review a couple of months ago when this book was released, but unfortunately I missed it! But I still wanted  to make sure I shared the review, so here it is. And, as always, I have to state that I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

This time, I am reviewing Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey. I previously reviewed her book Dear Carolina. Click on the link to read that review.

And for a refresher, here is the author’s bio:

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Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina, which was recently long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize and Lies and Other Acts of Love, a Romantic Times top pick and Southern Booksellers Okra Pick. She blogs at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at She is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism and holds a Master’s in English from East Carolina University. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Southern Living, Domino magazine, Our State, Houzz, the Salisbury Post and the New Bern Sun Journal. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and four-year-old son where she is working on her next novel.

Let’s follow that up with a description of the new book:

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 fiance 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…

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I definitely enjoyed the author’s first book, and was excited to have the chance to read this one as well. I definitely wasn’t disappointed! I fell in love with the characters in this inter-generational story of love and family. The story alternates between Annabelle and Lovey’s points of view and also skips back and forth to different time frames, specifically in Lovey’s story line. Not to give up anything, but the reader will definitely be surprised at the big lie at the heart of the story. You think you have figured out what it is, but don’t discover until the very end that you were definitely wrong! I do have to say though that Annabelle’s inability to be without a man for any length of time was a little frustrating, but I still enjoyed her character all the same. So grab some sweet tea, sit back and relax while you let yourself be sucked in by this great piece of Southern fiction.

Check out the book on Amazon:

And follow the author at the following social media links:

Twitter: @kristywharvey

Instagram: @kristywharvey



This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Thank you, thank you for this wonderful review! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed Lies and Other Acts of Love! xo Kristy

    1. elusiveredtiger

      No problem!

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