Lies and Other Acts of Love (Paperback)

By Kristy Woodson Harvey

Berkley, 9781101987063, 352pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

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Description

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 as they come. She always does the right thing—that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiancé 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 . . .


Romantic Times Top Pick!

Named a "Best Beach Read" from Deep South Magazine!

Named a "Must Read" by Glitter Guide!


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.


Praise For Lies and Other Acts of Love

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


Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

  1. Throughout the novel, Lovey and Annabelle reflect on the wisdom and life views observed and obtained from the women in their lives. How does this knowledge inform the way both women approach their various personal relationships? How do Lovey and Annabelle relate and differ in this regard?
  2. As soon as Ben set his eyes on Annabelle, he immediately believed he had met his wife. Have you ever been this instantly sure of something? Do you believe in love at first sight?
  3. Do you think that Ben and Annabelle’s whirlwind marriage was an easy escape for her from her previous engagement? If you were Annabelle’s friend, would you have tried to talk her out of making this quick decision, or would you advise her to live in the moment?
  4. Between college, the war and the disapproval of their parents, Lovey and Dan had to wait a long time until they could be together. Did the wait end up strengthening or weakening their bond? Do you know any other couples that had to delay their relationships because life was in the way?
  5. Annabelle notes: “Whether you’ve been married one year and have just moved to your husband’s hometown or you’ve been married well over half a century and think something is going to unlock the vault of your husband’s brain again, it’s really the same thing that keeps you going: hope.” Do you think that hope sometimes leads people away from reality? What are some examples of how a character’s hope was validated in the novel?
  6. Annabelle describes her emotions just after meeting Ben: “I’d never felt so totally out of control. I’d never done something so unplanned. And it felt so good I didn’t want it to ever stop.” At what point, if at all, did you expect the buzz of their relationship to die down? Did you think things would continue indefinitely as Annabelle and Ben believed?
  7. Was Annabelle a sympathetic character, or were you frustrated by her choices? Why do you think she jumps into relationships? Could she have benefited from having some time alone?
  8. What were your views on Holden’s insistence that he and Annabelle belonged together? Did you believe it to be true? At what point, if at all, did you expect Annabelle to respond and agree to see him?
  9. Each chapter in the novel begins with a lesson or observation that serves as a theme. Which themes or passage(s) strike you as the most insightful? What lessons or attitudes have been passed down in your family?
  10. What does Annabelle’s friendship with Rob symbolize, and what does his role as a priest play in their relationship? Do you think that they would have befriended each other if they had met elsewhere?
  11. For those who are fortunate, life often presents a choice. Were you surprised that Annabelle and Holden did not end up together? If you were Annabelle, would you have taken the road less familiar, or settled for contentment with Holden?
  12. The title of this novel is Lies and Other Acts of Love. What are some of the big lies that were told in this book? Do you think that lies must be a part of a relationship in order to keep things afloat, or do you believe that the truth always finds its way?
  13. In what ways did both Annabelle and Lovey change by the end of the novel? What are some of the biggest lessons each of these characters learned?