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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 yea ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published 2008 by Kontinents (first published 2004)
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Alaine
This is the second book of Kristin Hannah's I've read and I absolutely loved it. It was the most beautiful touching story that I've read in a long time. This author has a unique insight into the human soul and she is able to gently guide her characters into a full and rich life in a way that is believable and heartfelt.

Once I started this story I must admit that I just couldn't stop, it drew me in very quickly and I was delighted with the way it turned out. It's a story of human compassion and
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Heather
Truly an awful book, in part because it pretends to be a good one. It's one dimensional, flat writing, the kind that might be interesting in a writer's workshop but with characters who are not developed in any way, for a novel. Hannah is a terrible writer; her plot is boring; the characters don't feel real in any way (has she ever had a family that she might draw from?), and there is a use of overdone language, like, calling the parents, "Mama" and "Papa," without real introduction. This book tr ...more
Maureen
Super quick read...2 days. I couldn't put it down and I think it's b/c I could really relate to the main character, Angie. I loved how Hannah captures the emotion of Angie, who is not able to conceive. It makes me wonder if the author experienced a miscarriage b/c she nailed it.

The book focuses on the DeSario family, a large italian family with all sisters. Angie was the favorite of her father's growing up. She is the only one who moves out of their small town, becomes a marketing exec, and see
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Myrtle Yvonne
This book is all feels. It will make the reader smile, sad, laugh, long for someone you love/once loved, think, remember. This book shows the reader the humanness of people, even weakness and fragility. And also the things that tears people in half - love and forgiveness. Kristin Hannah will tell you through the story about life,

"'He loved to sit here and watch the ocean,' Mama said, leaning against her.
'We have to fix the stairs, Maria. That's what he said first thing every summer.'
'Did yo
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Ns
The Things We Do For Love is an emotional journey into one woman's life-stifling heartache of needing to experience motherhood; of wanting and needing a child to love. It is a story about one of the strongest bonds between females, the bond shared between a mother and her daughter. Another young woman finds herself on the other end of the spectrum, a woman who has yet to experience a mother's nurture and love. Together these women find themselves linked in ways they couldn't imagine, discovering ...more
Carol
A love story of families: between mother and daughter; between sisters; between a man and a woman; a boy and a girl; a girl and her brand new baby and a woman and the child she always wanted. It's a love story on all these levels with a few twists and turns that we are accustomed to with Ms. Hannah's prose. I enjoyed it very much even though I had trouble reading it through my tears in a few places. Good summer reading at the beach or on a rainy day at home. A great Italian family that comes tog ...more
Tina
I picked up this book by mistake. I thought the author was Kristin Higgins and didn’t realize Kristin Hannah was a different author that writes a different genre. I didn’t catch onto my mistake until about a third of the way thru the book. My tastes in books range from adventure and fun to witty and fantasy-like because when choosing to read a book, it is like a mini vacation from my life. Normally on vacations, I don’t really like to visit sad, gut- wrenching life lessons, but I had already inv ...more
Diana
I loved,loved,loved this book. It is a story of a couple who has tried for years to have a child and when they finally have one she doesn't live very long. They get a divorce and Angie moves back to the coast to be around her family and of course they are a big Italian family with a restaurant the is having money troubles so Angie steps in to help. She hires a young girl named Lauren who has practically raised herself as her mother is an alcoholic. Lauren gets pregnant and her Mother leaves and ...more
Sharon
I don't know what part of this book hurt the most, the death of her child, her divorce, her fathers death, the teenager's broken life, the teen pregnancy, or everything else. This book tore my heart out and ripped it into tiny pieces. Then, slowly, Kristin Hannah put it back together. There was no typical happy ending, but it was just the ending I needed to read! A definite keeper. a book to be thought about often and remembered fondly.
Vicki
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A. R.
3.5 stars...really wish there was a way to shade in half a star. But putting that aside... "The Things We Do For Love" is one of Kristin Hannah's transition books. I'm not sure there are any more, but this book really felt like her first attempts to blend romance and women's fiction. And I liked it.

The story was solidly written. At some spots there were descriptions of the weather and landscape that seemed a bit forced. It was an obvious attempt to move time along, but it wasn't very interesting
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SilverRaindrops
Review crossposted to 238 books in 238 days.
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"The Things We Do For Love" describes the lives of several women and their positions on motherhood.
Angie was a career-oriented woman before she focused everything on her wish for a child, which has never been granted. Following a divorce, Angie returns to her small hometown and to the family restaurant. Her mother is the prototype of an Italian mom - traditionalist, overbearing and stubborn, but also loving, giving and protective. Angi
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Nettle
A surprisingly lovely book. I almost put this down in the first few chapters, which I found disconnected and hard to follow. I'm glad I didn't. Ultimately this was a touching and absorbing story of people making difficult choices and about the meaning of family. Granted, I was a little predisposed to like the story because I share the characters' love for Western Washington and have some personal empathy with the issues they handle. Still, given that I read books for a living, it's a rare story ...more
Heather
I read this book b/c I read another one from Hannah and really enjoyed it and wasn't disappointed with this novel as well. Lauren had to deal with things that most kids don't want to or don't have to worry about and for Ange to help her and grow to love her as her own daughter even though it hurt at times, just shows how much loving a person helps one another and how great love is in all aspects. I loved the DeSarias family and how they were all there for one another even when they didn't agree. ...more
Dawn
I will refrain from commenting on the swearing and sex because that is pretty much my standard complaint.

I liked this book. The complexity of the relationships was very interesting. I enjoyed the soul-searching that Angie, the main character, experienced.

If you are going to read this book, don't read the next paragraph until you finish the book, it talks about the ending!






Because of my own personal feelings on the subject of adoption, I was let down by the ending. Hannah set it up so that it real
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April
I don't understand the bad reviews of this book. Yes, the story lines were cliche - a teenage pregnancy and a woman who would do anything for a child she can't have herself. But I thought the way the character's lives weaved together was beautiful. I cared deeply for all of the characters, and though the ending was predictable, it worked. I think it works because, despite the cliches, Hannah draws the reader in and makes the characters mean something. I read it so easily seeing myself in either ...more
Suzanne
Kristin Hannah.... LOVE her stuff! She is such a talent and I LOVE how she writes the relationships. This is not my favorite book of hers... but I really loved how she tugged on the marriage relationship, family relationship, and "the things we do for love" Of course you see I still gave it 5 stars because she really pulled me into the story line of Ange & Conlan... Lauren, and Ange's wonderful Italian family. She really made me think of how we treat those we love... and how we can get a sec ...more
Femke
Kristin Hannah schrijft haar boeken zo, dat je het ook daadwerkelijk in je hoofd als een film voorbij ziet komen. Prachtig boek!
Melanie
I had no expectations for this book. I simply picked it up at the grocery store, becuase I had nothing else to read and it sort of looked promising. I've tried to read Kristin Hannah before, so that should have been my clue not to try. The synopsis on the back sounded good, but it's pretty much the whole book. I don't like Hannah's style of writing. I find it very simple and lifeless, just like her characters. There were no surprises with this book. You can predict the plot from the first page. ...more
Esigs
What a great story about two people from two different worlds who need each other more then they both know. I love the strength that Lauren has to fight for her future to make sure she is not her Mom. Amazing story trusting your heart. Candace gave me this book while at her lake and I finished over thanksgiving break and at the lake.
Shay Caroline
Kristin Hannah may be the most uneven novelist I have ever read. At her best, she's fantastic, but one never knows which way the wind is going to blow. The Winter Garden started out okay and then the second half was stunning, amazing, unforgettable. Night Road started out fantastic, but the second half was so grim that I found it hard to stick with it because it hurt my heart. Firefly Lane started out really well and then devolved into a trite Lifetime Movie, complete with someone nobly dying of ...more
Olivia
Kristin Hannah for the win. Each book I read by this author just makes me love her more and more. It takes a true writer to write emotion that is so captivating you could be right there with the characters. That is the case with this book, I was right there the entire time.
Chantal
I think most people can relate to someone in this book. It really touched me but I wish the ending would've been better or that a sequel is coming. There were realistic family problems that any culture can relate to and struggles that we have all witnessed or been a part of.
Leann Popenhagen
Wow, what a heart wrenching story for me to read. I cried thru so much of it. I could identify with Lauren so much, but also with Angie and well as Mira. I was so proud of the women lauren and Angie became. Conlan was hurt by the loss and pain he and Lauren had gone through but it was love that won out. I was so upset with David, he seemed so true in his love for Lauren, and even tho he never got the real love he was seeking from his father, it was sad to see that it a lot of ways, unfortunately ...more
Louise
I really liked this book. Made me laugh and cry and its about an Italian family and totally reminded me of my own in some respects...especially the way they think food can help to solve everything and the way they celebrate Christmas!! Really good read!
Stephanie
Another great book by Kristin Hannah. I really just do need to buy everything she's written because I have yet to be disappointed.
Definitely heartfelt,although a little predictable.
If you're looking for a feel good read this is one for you!
Erin
Cried my way through the ending of this one. While the plot was somewhat predictable, the emotions and the characters were authentic and tearjerking. Easy to read, hard to put down, but definitely need to have the kleenex box handy.
Andrea
Good story about Families.

Angela is recently divorced. She has left her husband and moved to the Washington shore. She now works in her family's restaurant. She is attempting to update the menu and change the service.

She meets a teenage girl when she goes to goes to donate clothes to a goodwill type place. She notices that the girl is looking for a winter coat for her and her mother. Angela is moved by the girl and ends up hiring her to work after school and weekends at the restaurant.

They quic
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Denise Foppiano
I gave it one star because I couldn't give it a negative star. The Things We Do for Love it so bad that you need to love yourself enough not to read this book.
Anne
Read this easily in a day at the beach......pretty predictable but a nice story, no violence, no mayhem...perfect beach book. I wish I could write these! ;)
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and #1 bestsellers Night Road and Home Front. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband.
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It made her smile, even if it was a lie. "I'm as big as a house."

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