Saturday, May 21, 2016


Lies and Other Acts of Love 
Kristy Woodson Harvey
Penguin Random House, LLC, $20.00
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass

Kristy Woodson Harvey's new book, Lies and Other Acts of Love, will forever be firmly instilled in my heart.  I am certain it is because there are many strong women in my family, the love I hold for my family and God, my Southern roots, and the experiences that resemble so many of those in all of our lives that spoke to my heart throughout this book.  Kristy, words cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book and admire your ability to bring words to life.

Set in Raleigh, North Carolina, this book shares the lives of three generations of a family that is not only close-knit and loving, but also strong and faithful.  The characters in the book greatly love their wives, husbands, sisters, parents, grandparents, and friends. You learn early on that the women are the backbone of this family, supporting each other with a closeness and loyalty that is heartwarming.

My favorite characters are granddaughter Annabel and grandmother Lovey, of course. When making your choice, I guess it depends on whether your favorite parts are the strength and dedication to marriage, the steamy relationships filled with love, the episodes of heartbreak, the strength of their faith, loyalty, the closeness and love of each other, or most likely a combination of the above. 

As with Dear Carolina
, Kristy has a way of bringing the senses to life like very few can. The reader feels as though they are right in the middle because it reminds them of much that has happened in their own lives, including the surroundings.

If the movie producers don't grab this up and make a movie, they are missing out.  The setting and the characters are perfect movie material. It is time for a beautiful, southern, heartwarming and real story at the box office. 

You hit this one to the moon, Kristy! It was a pleasure to read.

About the Author 

Kristy Woodson Harvey 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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