Lies and Other Acts of Love

Lies and Other Acts of Love

by Kristy Woodson Harvey


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Lies and Other Acts of Love 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
booklover6460 More than 1 year ago
This one ended up being a 10 tissue read by the end of the book! I really enjoyed this book. Lovey and Annabelle take turns expressing their thoughts and expressions in alternating chapters. You will experience Lovey's experiences growing up and falling in love, getting married, and having children. And then you'll experience her current life along with Annabelle's in the present day. Lots of emotions and drama and you won't be able to put the book down until you get to the last page. How often do we lie? And do the lies serve a particular purpose? Is it okay to tell a "white/little" lie in order to protect someone? Or should you always be truthful...even it means breaking a person into? The story of Annabelle and Ben and their whirlwind romance and marriage has you excited and cheering them on! But are things really what they seem? What about Lovey and her husband, Dan? Are there secrets they are keeping? Lots of twists and turns and deception is threaded through the pages. But grab your tissues, settle in, and get lost in this story of love, lies, pain, and passion.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A family drama that centers around a grandmother and her granddaughter as they are both in transition in their lives and trying to get comfortable in their new normals. Lovey is the nickname of the grandmother and her husband has become bound to a wheelchair and is basically unresponsive and she is remembering moments from their past and realizing that her best years are in the past and her girls are a great legacy. Annabelle has her life ahead of herself, but she isn't sure if she is in the right location and with the right main and after some ups and downs she realizes potentially where she should be. The characters were everything in this book. I loved that both Lovey and Annabelle narrated the book and absolutely adored the juxtaposition of Lovey in her old age while Annabelle is young and fresh. I love with grandmothers play a big part in their grandchildren's lives and it is portrayed in a sweet way in fiction. I also adored that there was full on woman power in this book and the women made the decisions in this family and through the grandmother they were empowered to be strong and fearless.
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Lovey is entering a new phase, having raised five very different women with her soulmate; she is now faced with the possibility of life without him. Her once grandiose life has now become a whirlwind of nurses, caregiving and latent fear. Lovey’s darling granddaughter was once the pride and joy of the family, always doing what she was supposed to do. However last year, just days before her idyllic wedding, she called it off and married a traveling musician. Now, as everyone’s routine is getting back to normal, Annabelle’s life is thrown upside down. As she tries to piece together the truth, she learns that her family has been hiding their own secrets. Will Lovey and Annabelle be able to sort out their lives and keep the peace or will their family be forever dissolved? Kristy Woodson Harvey is an incredible author. The short chapters make it easy to read during the most chaotic of schedules and at night, as every reader tries to squeeze in one more chapter before sleep. However, each chapter tells its own tale and is chocked full of emotions and adds another layer to the overall plot. This story is told from both Lovey and Annabelle’s points-of-view, with Lovey reminiscing about her past, as well. Readers will be taken on an epic journey through the decades as they live vicariously through these women. Notes: The full review appeared in July 2016 Sasee Magazine. This review was also posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews page.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
With what I call a pleasant sing-song writing style, author Kristy Woodson Harvey quickly entices readers into her latest novel, LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE. The story has a rhythmical feel to it as you get to know each character. The back and forth narration is smooth, easy flowing as it pulls you deeper and deeper into the lives of Lynn “Lovey” White, her five daughters, and her granddaughter, Annabelle. The author has created such well-developed and likable characters that you feel they are like friends you wish you had (or have). With flaws and traits affecting every family, readers will be able to relate to these characters, especially Lovey and Annabelle. Lovey is dealing with the declining health of her husband, Dan, after 60 years of marriage while adapting to new surrounds. In addition, she continues to handle the daily woes of her family’s lives and consider if a ‘white lie’ from her past should be shared before it’s too late. As the family adjust to things with Lovey and Dan, Annabelle comes into her own set of problems. Having left one man shortly before her wedding only to marry another man she had known less than a week, Annabelle has her life turned upside down when she learns of a lie involving her husband, Ben. Then another family secret comes to light, but is it what she thinks it is? The author blends lies and forgiveness, heartache and joy with strength and endurance for a tender story that will touch your heart. The author tackles the issue of how lies (big and small) impact our lives whether saving us from hurt or tearing families apart. Written with a touch of Southern flare, LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE has light-hearted, humorous moments that enhance the serious tone of the story. The characters come alive on the pages and pull you in for an overall well-balanced story. Filled with love, understanding and the struggles of life, this book will leave you considering the white lies we tell ourselves and those we love. Through tears and laughter, the characters and tone of the story will stay with you long after the book is closed. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars 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. Annabelle’s arc showed a girl in the flush of true love. She left her boring fiancé for a musician she met and they ran off to Vegas and married after only knowing each other three days. But, all is not perfect in either woman’s life and they must each decide if love is more important than the truth. As I mentioned I really enjoyed the plot of each separate narrator. Lovey’s story would have made a great family saga, and Annabelle’s would have been a great contemporary romance. But the blending of the two brought each side down. I liked the writing of Kristy Woodson Harvey. She was able to make each character distinct and real. The pacing had a few issues as it went from Lovey’s past to the current and at times it seemed disjointed. The world created also suffered from this double story telling. Each person was not able to have a fully fleshed out world as it competed with the other pov. The emotions were strong in Lies and Other Acts of Love. I did feel with the characters and was genuinely upset with some of the actions taken. The characters were also great. Distinct and with their own voices, but they drowned each other out in the telling. I did enjoy Lies and Other Acts of Love, I just would have liked it more if it was one story not two wrapped around each other. Each tale competed with the other so that no one part was able to shine. I also disliked “the big secret”. It was never fully fleshed out and made no real dent in the story. Kristy Woodson Harvey can write, however if focused on one main narrator would be more powerful. I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.