The Things We Do for Love

The Things We Do for Love

Book - 2004
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"New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah "touches the deepest, most tender corner of our hearts" (Tami Hoag). Her last novel, "Between Sisters, was chosen by CBS's "The Early Show as one of the best books of the summer. Now she returns with "The Things We Do for Love--a poignant, evocative story that celebrates the magic of motherhood, the joys of coming home, and the price we so willingly pay for love. The youngest of three daughters, Angela DeSaria Malone was always "the princess" of the family, a girl who thought she knew how her life would unfold. High School. College. Marriage. Motherhood. That was how it had gone for her sisters, her cousins, her friends. But it didn't work out that way for Angie. She and her husband tried desperately to have a child; year after year, their perfectly decorated nursery remained empty. Finally, their marriage collapsed under the weight of lost dreams.After the divorce, Angie moved back to her hometown and rejoined her loud, loving, slightly crazy family. In West End, a place where life rises and falls in time with the tides, she will find the man who once again will open her heart to love . . . and meet the girl who will change Angie's life.Lauren Ribido lives in a rundown apartment in a bad part of town with a mother who cares more about her next drink than about her daughter. At seventeen, Lauren knows that her aspirations in life may never come to pass. From the moment they meet, Angie sees something special in Lauren. They form a quick connection, this woman who is desperate for a daughter and the girl who has never known a mother's love. When Lauren is abandoned by her mother, Angie doesn't hesitate to offer the girl aplace to stay.But nothing could have prepared Angie for the far-reaching repercussions of this act of kindness. In a dramatic turn of events, she and Lauren will be tested in a way that mothers and daughters seldom are.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780345467508
0345467507
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 25 cm.

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NanCcan
Oct 18, 2016

Enjoyable read. I recommend it for anyone considering or going through IVF. Some valuable lessons are learned by everyone in the story.

Brooklynnnjv Aug 16, 2013

Another enjoyable book by this author!

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lpreston214
Jun 18, 2012

Another satifying read by one of the queen of "women's" fiction. Angie, whose marriage was seemingly ruined by failing to have a child returns home to mama and sisters who run the family restaurant. After joining in the business she meets a troubled and virtually motherless teen (Lauren) who moves in with Angie and then gets pregnant by her rich boyfriend. This seems like a pretty true to life story except for Lauren's mother. She's just like Tully's mother in Firefly Lane. I find it impossible to accept that any mother who bothered to give birth and keep a child could care so little. Oh well. In this story Angie and Lauren learn that we can all benefit from both receiving and providing a little mothering.

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gardenofedens
Dec 03, 2011

Amazing, amazing book. Absolutely LOVED it. Cried throughout far too much of the book (happy tears!) and I'd definitely recommend it!!

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sailk
Jul 06, 2011

Enjoyed reading this story. Very emotional and predictable story between a woman and a teenage girl. Hannah does a great job in describing feelings of each of the characters.

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Eclectic1
Mar 16, 2010

A great story about a woman who desperately wanted to be a mother and a teenage girl who needed a caring one. Pure Soap Opera but really well done. I very much enjoyed it.

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