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The Things We Do for Love

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  25,350 ratings  ·  1,544 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: chic-lit, 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
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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).
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Light reading, good characters.
Liza Wiemer
Enjoyed this very much! The small town, the Italian restaurant, redefining family! Beautiful!
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another deeply emotional story by Kristin Hannah!
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
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.
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.
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.
Myrtle Yvonne
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jun 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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).
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.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this, generally. Very fluffy. I loved Angie trying to save the restaurant and the scenes with her large Italian family. I was rooting for her and Lauren to have a happy ending.

I think the frustrating part is that a lot of the angst seemed completely illogical to me.
1. I'll be honest, I actually didn't find it realistic that (view spoiler)
Sarah Piper
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I honestly think I just cried through the entire last chapter.

What an amazing heart wrenching story of love, lose, divorce, children and family.

Kristin is so amazing at making me so emotionally invested in her characters so early on in a book that it’s hard for me to close them.

“Love can get us through the hardest times. It can also be our hardest times.”

I love Lauren and David and their pure high school love. I love Angela and Conlan and their seasoned love for each other ... and their unbr
Colleen              Chi-Girl
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This novel has such compelling characters that were very endearing and interesting. The plot developed nicely; I enjoyed the story so much in the beginning and it kept me completely interested in it. However, it felt semi predictable after that or slightly less compelling. And I couldn’t stand the fact that the teen bf was so selfish and self centered in his poor little rich boy scenario. Typical? Could he have been less so? I also wanted more from David’s mom and had hoped for something mysteri ...more
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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!
Mel Ann
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life and Love are filled with ups and downs. For Angie and Conlan they have had some huge ups and some very low downs.

Angie and Lauren meet each other at just the right time. Their road is a rough one and they come to find something that they both need in their lives. A book about healing some deep wounds and finding love and family.
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kristin Hannah is an amazing author. I have loved everyone of her books.
This book is beautifully written, and is filled with amazing characters. I want to be part of the DeSaria family. This book also evokes a multitude of emotions and makes you think about life circumstances.
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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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He laughed. "I like houses. In fact, I'm thinking about architecture as a career.”
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