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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
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Published May 28th 2005 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2004)
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Alaine
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, chic-lit
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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Sharon
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Diana
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favs
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
Heather
Apr 15, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Gale
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light reading, good characters.
Melanie
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristina Masset
Five stars!

Good lord this book had me racing back and forth with emotions! Crying, and smiling! I just couldn't help makin silly faces at every sentence I read. I loved the characters. Angie gives me hope that there are still people out there willing to help others. And on top of that, she got what she wanted. A family and to be happy. I loved it!
Myrtle Yvonne
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Reminiscent of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART by Jane Green: woman desperately wants baby, comes to realize that pregnancy will never happen, baby miraculously comes into her life through an unexpected relationship. In the case of Angie Malone, what could have been opportunity to live out what she claimed to be true--that her life would turn out just fine even if there was never a baby--turned into another schmaltzy story line. I'm amazed by many things in this story--a woman and her daughter ...more
Tina
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dawn
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Denise
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kristin Hannah is one of my new favorite authors. This book was a great read! She is very good at weaving a tragedy into a happier package.
Jesper
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast-pacing story about two women bonding over the same thing and helping each other. Admittedly and surprisingly heart-warming and gripping. And even though the story is predictable and unoriginal, the ending was wonderfully touching and honestly I couldn't stop reading. I've had to know how it ends. Well done Kristin Hannah!
Kimberly Jackson
Never a disappointment. I was definitely not expecting this ending. Angie is one woman that I can say stands up for what she believes in. Kristin Hannah has done it yet again, she had my attention from the first page to the last page. A bittersweet wonderful story. It's a must read
Jan
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angie wanted nothing more than a baby and despite numerous attempts, nothing worked. In a year's time, she'd lost her infant daughter, her father and her husband. Lauren wanted nothing more than a loving mother and family and great things happened when she and Angie crossed paths.
Sara Smith
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like books that make me laugh and cry so this one fits well into that category.
Stacey
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
It reads like the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Except the family is Italian, not Greek. Easy, quick read perfect for a beach weekend or long flight. Touching characters and great (albeit predictable) plot. 3.5 stars (I rounded up).
Sovotchka
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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A. R.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Vicki
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Perihan
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sevgi bazen acı verir, ama yok olmaz."

Kadınları en iyi anlatan yazarlardan biri olan Kristin Hannah'ın, en iyi kitaplarından biri bu kitaptı.

Doğurganlık ilaçlarıyla, kırılan hayallerin arasında sıkışıp kalan Angie ve annesi tarafından terk edilen bir liseli genç kız Lauren'in yolları bu kitapta kesişiyor.

Karakterlerin ruh halleri o kadar etkili anlatılmış ki , okurken çoğu yerde çok hüzünlendim, özellikle son bölümlerde gerçekten ağladım...

Genç yaşta anne olmak zorunda kalan kadınların hikay
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Heather
Nov 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Suzanne
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Meital Ben-Daniel
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-saga
Beautifully-written, emotional and heartbreaking novel about the ones we choose to love. Lots of passion and compassion relating to the issues dealt with throughout this novel. I loved Angie and Lauren and the development of their complex but yet simple, true love. The book swept me away with this wonderful, understanding and loving DeSaria family. You easily may find yourself want to be part of this warm clan. Highly-recommended for a quick read !!

Things do not change; we change.
Henry David Th
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Esigs
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the blockbuster bestsellers The Nightingale and Firefly Lane. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.
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“You look great," he said.

It made her smile, even if it was a lie. "I'm as big as a house."

He laughed. "I like houses. In fact, I'm thinking about architecture as a career.”
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