Lovers and Liars: A Novel (Hardcover)

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The Peacock sisters—Cleo, Emma and Sylvie—have been estranged for years. When Sylvie meets Simon, a handsome, wealthy bird-watcher from England, she falls immediately in love, and they are engaged to be married. Her sisters won't answer her phone calls, so she sends them a text—meet her in England to see her get married in a castle!  Emma and Cleo show up with baggage in tow: Cleo hates her boyfriend and buries herself in her work—and she is deeply suspicious of Simon. Emma has fallen victim to a multi-level marketing scheme that sells sex toys, and she can't bear to admit to her husband and sons that she has leveraged them to the hilt and spent every last cent of their savings. Their mother shows up at the wedding, not having changed one bit, and everyone's carefully constructed world comes crashing down. Sometimes darkly funny, sometimes swoon-worthy sweet, this page-turner about three wildly different sisters was great fun and is the perfect book to kick off your summer reading!

— Aerie


Three wildly different sisters reunite for a destination wedding at an English castle in this heartfelt and rollicking novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters.

“The sort of novel that simultaneously tempts you to devour it in one greedy gulp and begs you to slow down and savor each page.”—Jenny Jackson, author of Pineapple Street

Once upon a time, the Peacock sisters were little girls who combed each other’s tangled hair. But decades of secrets have led them to separate lives—and to telling lies, to themselves and to one another.

Sylvie is getting married. Again. A librarian and widow who soothes her grief by escaping into books (and shelving them perfectly), Sylvie has caught the attention of an unlikely match: Simon Rampling, a mysterious, wealthy man from Northern England. Sylvie allows herself to imagine a life beside him—one filled with the written word, kindness, and companionship. She’s ready to love again . . . or is she?

Cleo is the golden child. A successful criminal defense lawyer with the perfect boyfriend, she is immediately suspicious of Simon. Is he really who he says he is? Cleo heads to Mumberton Castle with a case of investigative files, telling herself she will expose Simon and save her sister from more heartbreak . . . but who is she really trying to save?

Emma is living a lie. She can’t afford this fancy trip—and she definitely can’t tell her husband and sons why. She once dreamed of a line of her own perfumes. Fragrances allowed her to speak in silence. Now, that tendency for silence only worsens her situation. Will she emerge with her dignity and family intact?

When their toxic mother shows up, the sisters assume the roles they fell into to survive their childhood . . . but they just might find the courage to make new choices.

Set over a spectacularly dramatic weekend, in the grand halls of a sprawling castle estate—amid floor-to-ceiling libraries, falconry lessons, and medieval meals—Lovers and Liars is the unforgettable story of a family’s ability to forgive and to find joy in one another once again.

About the Author

Amanda Eyre Ward is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels including The Jetsetters, a Reese’s Book Club pick. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

Praise For…

Praise for Lovers and Liars

Lovers and Liars is the sort of novel that simultaneously tempts you to devour it in one greedy gulp and begs you to slow down and savor each page. Come for the fabulous English estate and the rollicking plot, but stay for the genuine warmth and humanity infused in every page.”—Jenny Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Pineapple Street

“I love sibling stories for their shared histories, secrets, and loving, messy, honest, funny portrayals of a unique and unbreakable bond. The Peacock sisters share all of that and more. Add a destination wedding (in an English castle, no less) and you will RSVP YES to Lovers and Liars.”—Steven Rowley, New York Times bestselling author of The Celebrants
“Delicious, delightful, like crashing a royal wedding and ending up in the moat with a prince. Not a single page that isn’t scrumptiously satisfying. Oh, enjoy!”—Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Less Is Lost
“Amanda Eyre Ward’s knack for unpacking messy family baggage with humor and heart is at its finest in Lovers and Liars. At once a propulsive unraveling of secrets and a sensitive examination of how old scars can shape futures, it hooked me from the start. The delightfully dysfunctional Peacock sisters are an unforgettable trio.”—Shelby Van Pelt, New York Times bestselling author of Remarkably Bright Creatures


Praise for the novels of Amanda Eyre Ward

“I was delighted anew in every port. . . . Funny, sexy, and engrossing.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand

“Witty, insightful, and full of heart.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline

“Let Amanda Eyre Ward’s wit, poignancy, and insight take you away.”—Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times bestselling author of Less Is Lost

“Heartwarming, funny, and poignant.”—Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of The Leftover Woman

“Surprising and transporting.”The New York Times Book Review

“Full of wicked humor and delicious destination details.”People

“If you’re in the market for an escape, look no further.”Esquire

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593500293
ISBN-10: 0593500296
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English