Lies And Other Acts Of Love Review

April 5, 2016

Lies and other acts of love

Last summer my sweet friend Kristy Woodson Harvey sent me an email and asked if I would like to review her first novel. I hadn't read a book in so long, that I jumped at the chance. After all, I would have to make the time if it was for work, right?

Well, I fell in love with her storytelling. I was hooked from day one. I abandoned my normal cleaning routine and everyone ate a lot of pizza while I got lost in the pages for thirty six hours. Naturally, when Kristy told me she was releasing a new book, titled Lies and Other Acts of Love, I immediately lined up for a copy to review and put the pizza parlor on speed dial.

Here's the summary.

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 . . .

Once again, Kristy wrote a story that hooked this typically non-fiction reader from page one. The characters were relatable and I thought about them and their world whenever I was forced to peel myself away from the book long enough to shower or eat. 

My favorite quote comes from Lovey. She shares it in her first chapter, as the story is told from the perspective of both granddaughter and grandmother.

The lies that matter most are the ones we tell ourselves. 

That's when I knew that it was going to be a take out and unmade beds kind of book. 


Can't wait that long to get your hands on a copy? 

lies and other acts of love
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  1. This book sounds great. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

  2. Thanks for a great giveaway! That little piece has me wanting to read more. Have a great day!

  3. Well you have "peeked" my curiosity . . .
    I have the book entered in my cart at Amazon . . .
    Great review by you Kim!

  4. a wonderful review kim.
    how do i know? because i'm also normally a non fiction reader.
    and when my interest is whetted to this degree... well... it's worth checking out!
    i'll be getting a copy. THANKS!!!

  5. This sounds like a good one, for sure! I was telling someone the other day I need to have a designated "reading day" where the only thing on my agenda is reading And preferably with rain beating against the windows and a warm cup of coffee by my side. And maybe a chocolate chip cookie. Or two. ;)

  6. Yep, I'm in--loved the quote too and can't wait to sink my reader's teeth into this one! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!! My email is

  7. Your review has me intrigued, Kim. Dennis is planning some plein air painting excursions this summer and Kristi's book sounds like just the kind of read I'd like to take along. Count me in. Hugs, Nancy

  8. I could get lost in that story very easily...Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Kim, please count me in! I've read several reviews of Kristy's new book, and am interested in reading her new book as well as her first book. She sounds like a talented new author.

  10. Thank you so much for reviewing Lies and Other Acts of Love, Kim!

  11. Hello Kim, I love the kind of books where you just put everything aside to sit, read, and get lost in the book. This sounds like a really good read. Thanks so much for the chance to win this book and the for book recommendation! :0)

  12. Hi Kim,
    I love to read...and this looks like a great summer read book!
    Thank you for the give-a-way!
    Hugs, KImberley

  13. I'm an avid reader and this book sounds absolutely delightful - I would love to win! :-)

  14. This sounds like a great book, I've been hearing great things! Kristy lives in NC and that's close to my heart since we bought our condo there a few years ago. Love getting to know the South a bit better any way I can.

    Thanks for a really nice giveaway!


  15. It sounds great! I love to read but haven't in quite a while. Kristy's book sounds like it could change that. :)

  16. I think it happens to all of us, at one point or another. We get so caught up in a book, we can't put it down and the life gets neglacted! That's ok books teach us so many life lessons, like the one you quoted above. Hoping you and yours are well.

  17. Hi Kim - sounds a good book and thanks for your review.
    Don't worry about the give away for me, I just enjoy visiting your blog.

    Have a great day
    Take care

    All the best Jan

  18. Sounds like a good story. I would love to win!
    Thank you for the review too.

  19. Sounds like a wonderful book...would love to read it ! Thank you !

  20. I have been in a reading frenzy lately ~ sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Hi Kim, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book. It sounds like one I would really like as those are the kind of stories I enjoy most. I am putting "Dear Carolina" on my list too so when I finish the book I'm reading now I will start that one. Happy Wednesday..Judy

  22. What a great title. Makes you want to jump right in.

  23. This is such a great book! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  24. This sounds like a book I would love. That quote has me hooked, too.
    k3kdpv at gmail dot com

  25. Sounds like a wonderful book, and sure appreciate a chance to win... I don't have much time to read, but a book like this might make it happen, lol! :)

  26. I've been doing a lot of reading lately, especially while we were away, and now I'm hooked again. I think this book is worth reading just by virtue of the cover! lol


  27. "Take out and unmade beds kind of book" Cracked me Up! What a great description :)

  28. I've been hearing a lot of nice comments about this book and would love to read it!

    Warm hugs,

  29. Jennifer HuelsebuschApril 9, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    I loved Dear Carolina! Looking forward to reading this one!

  30. Hope to win this. This would be my first book to read after many years.

  31. Would *love* to win this book!~


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