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Published by Berkley on April 5, 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Women, Domestic Life, Family Life
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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 . . .
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.
Favorite lines – My momma always told me that honesty was the most important thing in life. But I’ve never understood why people are so hell-bent on honesty. It’s not the truth that sets you free. The truth is the thing that destroys lives, that shatters the mirror. The truth is selfish and shameful, and better kept to oneself. In fact, I’m quite sure that the only things that paper-clip any of our lives together are the white lies. They are the defibrillators that bring us back when we were on the brink of succumbing to the light.
Biggest cliché – We are in love, so nothing can hurt us.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge