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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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Berkley
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Kristy Harvey
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thank you so much who everyone who took the time to read Lies and Other Acts of Love! I had the best time writing this novel and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.
Blodeuedd Finland
I did find it strange that everyone else calls it feelgood, sweet and all those fuzzy feelings. I found it rather depressing at times with all the cheating and heartache. And at the same time it was so sweet and filled with Church, and I was all, how are these perfect Christians?

To the book then, it had two POVS. I felt Lovey had the bigger part and Annabelle was in the shadow at times. I also felt that Lovey's big secret never truly was dealt with and I got angry at her in the end for not telli
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Since I enjoyed Kristy Woodson Harvey's debut, Dear Carolina, I was looking forward to reading her sophomore novel. It also came highly recommended by readers whose opinions I greatly respect. I can definitely say I enjoyed this novel, as well. It had a good balance of lightheartedness and heaviness. Just when you think you know what is coming next, Kristy manages to stick in some game changers.

I liked the narrative switch-off between Annabelle and Lovey. I especially enjoyed reading about Love
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you love fully developed characters from the south and a beautiful grandmother/ granddaughter relationship ,have I got a novel for you . The advice and the memories were beautifully written. But there are some big twists in this novel which make you think a lot about the decisions you make in a relationship to make things work in a marriage or for family sake . This is novel so full of detail about love, and loss and Trust. I really lost myself in this book and just enjoyed every moment. High ...more
Susan Peterson
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a big fan of Kristy Woodson Harvey's first book, Dear Carolina, I was so excited to read this book, and I was not disappointed! Lies and Other Acts of Love is a wonderful story about a family whose love for each other forgives and thrives despite lies, both big and small. The story is told from two points of view; Annabelle, the granddaughter, who married her husband Ben within 3 days of meeting him; and Lovey, the grandmother, who is dealing with the illness of her beloved husband, Dan. Both ...more
Sonja Yoerg
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Winsome and wise, LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE shows us that true, strong marriages are forged as much out of pain as passion. Kristy Woodson Harvey treats both Annabelle, the young, naive heroine, and Lovey, the formidable matriarch, with skillful tenderness. Fans of Southern fiction, especially book clubs, will flock to this engaging, heartfelt story.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2016
A southern summery feel-good novel. The story unfolds as told through a grandmother and her granddaughter; their relationships and how a family can survive even through the most difficult parts of life. 3.5 rating
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Penguin and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Top 50 Books of 2016!

Talented Southern storyteller, Kristy Woodson Harvey returns following her charming debut, Dear Carolina, with LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE, another heartwarming inter-generational tale of life, love, family, relationships, and marriage.

Filled with humor, reflections, wit, and wisdom—rich in character, this Southern gem will win your heart. “The lies that matter most are the ones we t
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Dear Carolina, Kristy Woodson Harvey's debut novel, is one of my 2015 book favorites, so when she surprised me with a copy of her latest book, Lies and Other Acts of Love, due out in April 2016, I was over the moon with excitement. The story is told in the alternating viewpoints of Lovey, grandmother, and Annabelle, granddaughter, mostly in the present with some past woven in, too. I enjoyed every viewpoint equally, and I found the secrets held within the book to be page turners, especially the ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I won this book in a blog giveaway (thanks Bookfan Mary!) and I thoroughly enjoyed this southern multigenerational tale of secrets, "lies", and love in all its forms. For some reason the southern fiction genre says summer to me. It's not my usual fare but I liked immersing myself in this family's engaging and heartfelt stories. No family is perfect but I would have loved to have Lovey as my grandmother and Annabelle's sisters as my own.

The ending was a little too pat (I was left scrat
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. Full review to come! ...more
Bethany Clark
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, this is an amazing piece of storytelling from beginning to end. I have LOVED this book from the moment I cracked open my copy.

After reading Dear Carolina and falling in love with that storytelling masterpiece, I didn't think it was possible for Kristy to go above my expectations and write what is now one of my favorite books in 2016. I couldn't recommend this book more, even if I tried and I will!

The intricate web of characters Kristy introduces you to one by one, will give you a lo
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Kristy Woodson Harvey is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Southern Fiction. She has managed to find her voice in that genre and she continues to knock it out of the park with her books. I loved Dear Carolina and I also loved Lies and Other Acts of Love. I feel that the title is perfection, as was the book. Kristy Woodson Harvey captures the charm of, essence of and the depth in characters that make for page turning and emotional reads. Her books cause you to look within your heart an ...more
Amy Reichert
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding! Kristy Woodson Harvey books are an auto-buy! Her characters are complicated and interesting. I love her books!
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
This book totally took me by surprise in how much I loved it. I mean of course I thought I would enjoy it, hence I requested it for review but I wasn't expecting to just completely be sucked in and attached to these characters. However, that is exactly what happened and I am so thankful for it.

Lies and Other Acts of Love has so many different aspects to it. It has romance, family drama, friendships, can be a bit heavy or be a bit funnier when needed. It really hit on so many different le
Sherri Thacker
I really enjoyed this book and it was all based in NC. Which is where I live now. I loved all the NC references such as: Salisbury, Raleigh, Bath (the city), Charlotte and the best of all Krispy Kreme donuts (my personal favorite!). Lol
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review to come later. Manuscript read.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
Lies and Other Acts of Love is a multi-generational tale of love, loss and protecting those you love the most. We met Lovey who is trying to maintain the little independence that she has left while caring for her husband who isn’t great health-wise. She loves all her children and grandchildren but she has always had a special place in her heart for Annabelle. Annabelle has always done what is expected of her but when she ditches her fiancée and marries a man she hardly knows all she does is look ...more
Jenny Belk
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having previously read Kristy Woodson Harvey's debut novel, Dear Carolina, I was anxious for another dose of her special talent for telling family stories that touch the heart and give you "the warm fuzzies" This is a North Carolina tale of Lovey White, mother of five daughters and grandmother of Annabelle. Lovey has secrets that no one in the family know about.

Annabelle dumps her "perfect" boyfriend and on sudden impulse marries a musician, who she has fallen head over heels in love with. What
Dec 26, 2015 added it
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Such such a beautiful book. Yet again Woodson Harvey has captured the essence of family and the beauty of North Carolina living. Her stories weave together the strains that secrets cause on relationships and the way that love can more often than not pull you through. True love. My full review will be written in the coming weeks, but I had to share this now as I finished reading about 30 minutes ago.
Nicole Waggoner
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of Dear Carolina, I was very excited to read more from Kristy Woodson Harvey. Her prose boasts a voice that is as endearing as it is unique. Lies and Other Acts of Love is a stand-out novel that will have audiences captivated by the expertly woven, generational storylines and the universal truth that love and family are eternal.
Laura Rash
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again, KWH has created an intricate, intriguing family story. Secrets & choices that one family member makes can affect everyone for years to come but maybe not in the negative connotation you might think.
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Harvey is a rising star in Southern fiction!
Angie Dokos
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. It was a bit boring at times, but would pick back up. Overall, I enjoyed it.
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
All's well that ends well. ...more
This review was originally posted on mawwiage Lies and Other Acts of Love had two great stories in it. Octogenarian Lovey and her granddaughter Annabelle. I really liked each story arc, separately. However, when woven together it made a bit of a mishmash out of the flow. On their own, either story would have popped, but the way it was presented, with multi-pov, it hampered the storytelling. Lovey's story tells of her upbringing and the love she and her husband of 60 plus years shared ...more
The Lit Bitch
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is told from two different perspectives, Annabelle and Lovey. I loved how the past and present mixed together so seamlessly in the narrative. While most of the story is told in the present, the past still has a haunting presence which I felt was important to the complexity and richness of the story.

This is my first experience with Woodson Harvey’s writing….I hear that her debut novel was outstanding. So when the author approached me about doing a review, I was excited to read somethin
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: southern-fiction
Dear Carolina was one of my top 10 books of 2015 so I was very excited to get an arc of Kristy's Woodson Harvey's new book Lies and other Acts of Love. Even though it's very early in 2016, I already know that this book will be one of my top 10 books for 2016. It is a fantastic story full of wonderful Southern women. I live in North Carolina and I know these women - Kristy's characters are so real that they are just like the women that I interact with in my life.

The book is about family and love
Sometimes, when I start reading a book, I find a novel that gives me the feeling I’m going to hate leaving the characters behind when I turn the final page. Lies and Other Acts of Love is that kind of novel. I loved it. It’s my kind of book in that it’s about a family of mostly women – like the one I came from. I love reading about the dynamics of that kind of family because it’s always a good story. In this case, we get the story of the matriarch, Lovey, who is 87 years old. We also get her gra ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lies and Other Acts of Love is the deepest, truest book I have ever read of family loyalty, respect, and love. While this is told by two women in different places in their lives their stories are so similar. The love that they feel, the reactions they have, and the trust they have is so incredible. Annabelle marries that “love of her life” after only knowing him for 3 days. Lovey is dealing with a sick husband, who is the love of her life.

Sometimes when a story is told by two different characte
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Kristy Woodson Harvey is the bestselling author of DEAR CAROLINA, LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM and THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, her work has been optioned for film and her books have received numerous accolad

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