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The Things We Do for Love

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  29,796 ratings  ·  1,868 reviews
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, 464 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published 2004)
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Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Things We Do For Love by Kristin Hannah is a lovely ,sad, heartbreaking story.
It's Kristin Hannah at her best (not that I've read a bad book yet 🤞)
It's old love becoming new love again, lost pregnancies, new friends becoming family and with a good old fashioned interfering family (in a good way 😉)
It's a quick read because you can't wait to see the HEA after all the hardness.
I'm definitely recommending this 📖
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Kirsten Feldman
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Even though this one was completely predictable and a little overwrought, Hannah's characters still breathe (they sigh too much though).
Ivi Oltovska
awesome book 5 stars to the amazing kristin hannah!
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a wonderful story about love and loss, and more love and more loss. It's heavy.

Struggling with infertility, I in many ways, identify with Angie. It's not such a black and white situation, there is a lot of sacrifices made.

Relationships were broken, and then mended, but a family was built in a beautiful non-traditional way.

Definitely check this book out!
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
Liza Wiemer
Enjoyed this very much! The small town, the Italian restaurant, redefining family! Beautiful!
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dimitar Jovanovski
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good - kept me interested the entire time - a bit predictable, but with just a little different outcome than I expected I guess. It was like watching one of those 90 minutes Hallmark or Lifetime movies, emotional story about love and friendship. To be honest I didn't read the short description on the back side of the cover and I didn't know what's going to be the story although everything's clear from the first 30 pages. Anyway, a quick, comfortable read - you won't be sorry ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was a good book, although I did not like the rushed ending. I am going to read every book by Hannah.
Erin Cataldi
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Saddened by their inability to have children, a couple gets divorced. Angie moves back to her family's hometown to help out with the family restaurant and get her mind off things. She discovers that the family business isn't doing too hot since her father died 6 months prior and she decides to put her marketing and advertising skills to use while her two older sisters work in the kitchen with their mother. One of the first changes she makes is hiring another waitress, much younger than the old a ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Light reading, good characters.
Kristen Freiburger
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved all the characters but especially the love story between Angie and Conlan!
Kristeen Hughes
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
round up to 4.5 stars.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know, as often as they say "don't judge a book by its cover," I still do. And despite my friends loving this book, I was CONVINCED I wouldn't like it. I thought it would be cheesy and boring and I'm not even sure what, but I just knew it wasn't my kind of book.

Surprise surprise, I LOVED this book.

From the moment I started reading it I couldn't put it down. These characters completely wormed their way into my heart and never let me go. Even though it wasn't suspenseful or twisty and was at ti
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!
Minty McBunny
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, october-2017
Pretty typical Kristin Hannah, I enjoyed it well enough, even though it was quite contrived & not realistic by any means, but I thought the ending was a letdown, left me with an overall bad taste in my mouth. ...more
Chloe (Always Booked)
I'm a big fan of Kristin Hannah so its no surprise that I really enjoyed this book. This one is about a woman named Angie and her husband Conlan. They are getting divorced after years of fertility struggles. She decides to go back to her hometown. Her father has also recently died, leaving their struggling family restaurant to be run by the mom and 2 sisters who live in the town. The other perspective in this book was Lauren. She is a 17 year old girl who has been raised by a single mom who care ...more
Alysha Blackburn
3.5 stars ⭐️

Sigh.... I don’t feel like I was in the right mindset or mood for this book. After looking at all the ratings and discussing with my friends, I’m clearly in the minority here.
As someone who struggles with infertility, I thought I’d relate to this. But I just found myself not wanting to read this book. Granted, the last quarter of the book was great and I read that part very quickly, but the rest just seemed to slog on for me.

I really do love Kristin Hannah, and I hope this is just
Christine Lowe
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartfelt Emotions

Kristin Hannah has the amazing ability to write real life stories. I've never felt that the emotions or situations weren't spot on when reading one of her stories. Ms Hannah knows what loss and heartache feels like and is skilled at describing them. If you like the writings of Jodi Picoult, you will enjoy this book.
A powerful story of two women, one struggling with her inability to have children, the other a teen with a mother who doesn't deserve the name. I loved both of them and their journey. Both heart warming and heart breaking. Wonderful Italian family in the background.
Sarah Convertito
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Heartwarming and a sensitive topic but so well written
Hallie Carl
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very sweet story about motherhood and adoption.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The outcome of this book was predictable but still a very heartwarming story!
Sheila Bonnett
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Spoiler alert:

Just once, I wanted to see the privileged white boy lose....
Jennifer Edwards
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this one in less than 24 hours. The characters and storyline sucked me in and I just had to find out how it ended. Definitely needed a few tissues!!!!!
Kara Hansen
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75 stars...The Things We Do for Love was a fairly decent story, and one that will tug on those heart strings! This story brings us Angie and Conlan Malone, a couple who has gone through a painful few years in their attempts at becoming parents. Their relationship has hit rock bottom and Angie decides the best solution is for them to split.
At the same time, we are introduced to young teen Lauren Ribido. She has had a tough and neglected upbringing, yet manages to persevere in making things bet
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Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year. Additionally, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and Th ...more

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