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The Things We Do for Love: A Novel
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The Things We Do for Love: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Kristin Hannah
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this tear-jerking novel by Hannah (Between Sisters), 38-year-old Angela Malone abandons a successful advertising career in Seattle to find comfort in West End, the small Pacific Northwest coastal town where she grew up. Pregnancy woes (chronic miscarriages, a baby who lived only for five days and a botched adoption) have caused her marriage to journalist Conlan to end in divorce. Her big, warmhearted Italian family welcomes her with open arms, and she throws herself into revamping the family restaurant, DeSaria's. Then she befriends hard-working teenager Lauren Ribido, who's in need of a new coat, some mothering and, later on, a place to live. Lauren's life is far worse than self-pitying Angie's—she's pregnant, her alcoholic mother has given up on her, and her rich boyfriend, David, is off to his first-choice college. Lauren can't go through with the abortion David encourages her to have, and the next step seems obvious: she should give the baby up to Angie, who's on the way to reconciling with Conlan. Hannah stacks the odds against Lauren almost absurdly, and makes her life with Angie a rose-tinted dream come true, but she paints a wrenching, convincing picture of the dilemma teenage mothers face. Familiar but warmly rendered characters, a few surprising twists and a bittersweet ending make this satisfying summer reading.
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Best-selling Hannah's latest sensitive tale explores the need we all have for love in a portrait of two women of different ages and backgrounds. Angie Malone has come back to her small Washington State town after suffering the loss of a child, the end of a marriage, and the death of her father. Nestled in the bosom of her family, she tries to help with their failing restaurant. Her mother and sisters are glad she's home but realize that she needs something more as she copes with her grief, yet when Angie reaches out to 18-year-old Lauren Ribido, who seeks a job at the restaurant, they worry that she'll be disappointed. Lauren has not had an easy life. Her mother is an alcoholic who reminds Lauren constantly that she was a mistake and is the reason for their poverty, but Lauren is trying to rise above her circumstances through hard work and a quest for a college scholarship. Angie becomes attached to her and acts like a surrogate mother as they embark on a shaky friendship. Hannah captures the joy and heartache of family as she draws the reader into the lives of her characters and makes them feel like personal friends, proving once again why she is a star of women's fiction. Patty Engelmann
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1263 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345467515
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Jan. 21 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 5 TISSUE LISTEN July 25 2004
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Able voice performer Susan Ericksen delivers a fine performance as she articulates the hopes and dreams of two women, one a 38-year-old who appears to have lost everything, the other a young unwed mother-to-be.
Angela DeSaria Malone knew early on what the years ahead would hold: love, marriage and children. This was not to be. She has undergone what for her is surely the ultimate heartbreak: she has suffered miscarriages, lost a child, been unable to adopt, and finally her marriage has crumbled.
She returns to her hometown of West End hoping to find comfort among her family and familiar surroundings. Once there she loses herself in redoing the family restaurant, and she meets young Lauren Ribido. Lauren touches Angie's heart; the girl is pregnant, deserted by her lover and ignored by her mother. She's in desperate need of love and care. Of course, Angie provides both.
An abortion is simply out of the question for Lauren. But, what can she offer a child? Would it make sense for Angie to adopt the child? Sometimes the most logical conclusions are not in the offing. Both women are swept up in life altering experiences.
Another listen that requires Kleenex on the side.
- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars good easy read June 13 2014
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I liked this book because it was an easy read with a happy ending and sometimes that is just what I need
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book March 30 2014
By Pauline
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I so enjoyed this book and once again loved the way Kristin told the story. I have passed it onto friend who have enjoyed just as much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book April 6 2013
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Kristin Hannah has a knack for pulling you in to the plot and its very hard to put her books down - keeps me awake late many nights!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the Kleenex close... July 18 2004
I don't know how Kristin wrote this story without crying her eyes out the whole time. But then, maybe she did. This has to be one of the sweetest stories I've read in a long time, heartbreaking in more ways than one, but the end results will warm your heart. They say most fiction writers base a lot of their story content on real life circumstances, and I know this can be true. Still, you wonder how one mother can be so heartless to her own daughter, while another woman can come along to pick up the pieces, and feel blessed just being able to do so. My hat is off to Kristin on this one, she's written a remarkable novel. And she's right...The Things We Do For Love...are too numerous to mention.
I can't wait for Kristin's next novel. I totally recommend this book to anyone for their reading pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner! June 30 2004
By Sami
I am a huge fan of Kristin Hannah and once again, she has produced a winner. i could not put this book down - in fact, I read the final 200 pages in one sitting!
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