Review: Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey


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 . . . 

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**** 4 Star Review ****

I fell in love with Kristy's writing with her first book, Dear Carolina. With her second book, I fell even deeper. Words can't describe how she is able to twist such a sad, happy, twisting tale of love, loss and moving on.

Those that follow my reviews know I usually lean towards the dark side. Every once in a while I like to delve into something different. Kristy is definitely one of those authors who can mend your soul. She puts together such a tale that you will wonder if it's fiction or fact.

This story is written with great prose. Every word and action is delivered with precision. I couldn't wait to see just what lies and acts of love (which one could say are the same thing) would materialize. 

I fell in love with these characters and all of their quarks and solidarity. The telling of these characters' lives from past to present was full of insight and intrigue. I really do mean it when I say that this book is good for your soul. It will pull at your heartstrings and show you a side of humanity that seems to be lost today.


Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina. 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 kristywoodonsharvey.com. She is a 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. She is a regular contributor for The Salisbury Post, Domino magazine and Houzz. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three-year-old son.

Check out Kristy's first novel...


A moving debut novel about two mothers—one biological and one adoptive—from a compelling new voice in Southern women’s fiction.

One baby girl.
Two strong Southern women.
And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.

Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…

Written to baby Carolina, by both her birth mother and her adoptive one, this is a story that proves that life circumstances shape us but don’t define us—and that families aren’t born, they’re made… 




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