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Lies and Other Acts of Love Paperback – April 5, 2016
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Praise for Lies and Other Acts of Love
"Lies and Other Acts of Love establishes [Harvey] as a major new voice in southern fiction. This book stirred mighty emotions in me, yet left me with a sense of peace. A truly delightful read."—Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Rumor
"A richly detailed, intergenerational tale of love, loss and loyalty. Harvey pulls the reader into the hearts and souls of her characters."—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence
"Harvey crafted a story so perfectly detailed that we could imagine ourselves on a wrap around porch in the south with a tall glass of sweet tea."—Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, authors of Your Perfect Life and The Status of All Things
“The title fits this novel perfectly as readers learn the lengths people will go to protect their families. The author draws parallels between the two characters, which aids in reminding readers that women of all ages go through the same kinds of problems. Readers will be able to visualize what’s written, making this an engaging and entertaining page-turner.” —Romantic Times
“Harvey's second novel is full of abandon, caution, love and hurt, buoyed by two spirited women who learn how to take control and when to give it up.” -- The Salisbury Post
"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." —Sonja Yoerg, author of House Broken and Middle of Somewhere
“Harvey brings small-town North Carolina alive with spot-on details and interesting characters… the gradual revelations of “lies and other acts of love” in one North Carolina family offer insights into the complexities of life and love.” -- The Greensboro News & Record
"A touching look into the lifetimes of love, heartbreak, and resilience of a grandmother and her granddaughter, Lies and Other Acts of Love offers insight into the complexities of bonds--of family, friends, and everything in between--and the importance of what one does when those bonds are broken. Kristy Woodson Harvey's second book is a feel-good must read that is sure to remind you of the cherished memories and relationships in your own life.”—Deep South Magazine
Praise for Dear Carolina
“Kristy Woodson Harvey weaves a story around characters with rich, complicated lives we all identify with. Harvey’s story walks through the life of an ever-changing family and beautifully shows how a family comes to be. Not only by blood, but also by choice.”—Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Betting the Rainbow
“Dear Carolina is Southern fiction at its best. It shows us that love is not without sacrifice, and there’s little in life that doesn’t go down easier with a spoonful of jam. Beautifully written.”—*Eileen Goudge, New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement Wife
“Dear Carolina is like the Southern women within its pages and those who will love this book, sweet as sweet tea on the outside and strong as steel on the inside. Kristy Woodson Harvey is a natural.”—Ann Garvin, author of On Maggie’s Watch and The Dog Year
“Southern to the bone and full of engaging characters…Kristy Woodson Harvey’s debut novel captures your heart and doesn’t let go; her keen insights into a mother’s love will stay with you long after the last page.”—Kim Boykin, author of Palmetto Moon
About the Author
Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina. She holds a degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in English from East Carolina University. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.
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Growing up in Raleigh, NC, Annabelle was also surrounded by a bevy of female cheerleaders, from her mother, Jean, the mayor, to her aunts: Laura, Martha, Louise, and Sally. Of course, there was also D-Daddy, her grandfather.
Alternately narrated by Annabelle and Lovey, Lies and Other Acts of Love wraps itself around us in the cozy comforts of a family of nurturing supporters. But as we meander along the pathways of the past with Lovey, or join Annabelle in her journey toward a true kind of love, we learn about the secrets, the lies, and even the almost lethal deceptions that live behind the curtain of each family. And we realize that sometimes you have to forgive the flaws of those you love.
I felt sad for Annabelle’s missteps, and could feel the angst of her emotional pull toward a man who turned out to be wrong for her. When she almost passed by the one who would be the perfect match, I was shouting from the sidelines. The characters were flawed, but fascinating, and the settings felt so real I could have been there in the flesh. 4.5 stars.
For me, I prefer stories and characters that are grittier. Even through the infidelities that occur over the course of the novel, I never felt scandalized by anything. One of the plot lines that was supposed to be a huge twist I guessed immediately, and, for me, the ending wrapped up too neatly.