Lies and Other Acts of Love

Narrated by: Janet Metzger
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
4 out of 5 stars (715 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the next "major voice in Southern fiction" (New York Times best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes a new novel about what it really means to tell the truth.... 

After 60 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 fiance 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 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....

©2016 Kristy Woodson Harvey (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A touching look into the lifetimes of love, heartbreak, and resilience of a grandmother and her granddaughter...a feel-good must read that is sure to remind you of the cherished memories and relationships in your own life." (Deep South Magazine)

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Not my thing

People that like love stories or family drama might like this, I wasn’t crazy about it. Overall I found this book boring, some characters stand out to me but not in a good way. The narrator was good overall but she wasn’t able to up my interest in this book. Someone else may love it, I just didn’t.

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One big giant cheese ball

I feel like I lost brain cell as I finished this book. All 7 female characters had nothing better to do but being “ Madly in love” the main character Annabelle was just desperately be married have a man didn’t matter whom and she was happily bouncing around with whomever claimed that “Oh Annabelle you are the love of my life” it was all the cheese, all the cliches bundled in hours of nothingness and southern drawl. If it wasn’t for the mention of iPhone I would think the story was in 1920’s when women needed a man to save them. Who is this author?!??

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Not A Page Turner

I didn't find the storyline or the protagonist very engaging. I also felt most of the characters were poorly developed. It was a disappointing read.

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I really tried but lacked any depth

I gave this one a go because it sounded like an interesting story, and I like to give authors and narrators a chance. The narrator read every line like a book report with inflection up and down and up and down in long slow run on sentences. There was no emotion or charisma. I could not find any depth at all to the writing that could override this and get me interested in them or their story. The author literally said this character is like this and this one is like that in a parade of stereotypes instead of letting us get to know them through the story with some depth of reflection. The thoughts were memories of details, superficial ones, that brought no meaning to why I should care at all. I forced myself to get through the first hour and then I just could not go on.

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Simpering, weak female characters!

I did force myself finish this awful story because I hate to waste credits. The author tries to weave this mess as a story of strong Christian women in a flawed family. But all of the characters are whiny hypocrites who use the flowery "true love" scenario to cover every misdeed and stupid life decision. There are twists and turns, but you have to wade through a bog of romantic frippery, that, in the end, proves to be just an excuse for the characters to become passive stepford wives. If this story took place in 1950, then maybe it would make sense. But if you consider yourself a strong, independent woman, stay away from this book.

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What a lovely story!

I got so immersed in the story, that I forgot that it wasn't real life, and hated for it to end. I'll be reading more of this talented authors books. A must-read for anyone who believes in second chances at finding true love.

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Ugh!

I hated this book so much but I kept listening thinking the secret would be revealed and that it would be all worth it. Horrible story about privilege and concerns with what others may think. In this day and age we need stories of empowerment and resilience, of speaking our truth without worrying about what people are going to think and say!

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I never really got into the book. It bounced around to one characters. I couldn’t wait until the book was over.

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Loved!

Not sure if it's the sadness of COVID but loved this story. Made me laugh. Made me tear up. Made me smile. Narrarator - spot on.