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"If Lorelai Gilmore of Gilmore Girls was dropped into a thriller, it might resemble this appealing novel." --Kirkus Reviews

Winner of Chick Lit category-- 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Thirty-eight-year-old Nicole Adams has given up on finding love. The single mother focuses instead on a few things that she cherishes--her sixteen-year-old son Justin, her friends, an
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Published May 21st 2019 by Bold Print Press
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Yna the Mood Reader
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, featuring-doggos
"For our children, we will say or do anything. We will tell lies, play tricks, if it is necessary to keep them safe."

📖 What We Do For Love 📖
🖋Anne Pfeffer
Read as an eARC.
Available starting May 21st in Amazon.


📚 Series: No.
📚 Genre: General Fiction with a little Romance.
📚 POV: First person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Content Warnings: Alcoholism. Violence. Domestic Abuse. Child Abuse. Stalking.

What We Do For Love is my first read from a new-to-me author Anne Pfeffer. Based on the cover a
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Kiera
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, dnf
**I received a copy of this book from the editor in exchange for an honest review***

DNF at 70%

Summary from Goodreads

Thirty-eight-year-old Nicole has given up on finding love. Instead, the single mother focuses on the few things she cherishes--her sixteen-year-old son Justin, her friends, and her art.

Just as she convinces a famed museum to show a large piece of her work, and she thinks her life has finally turned a corner, her son brings home a girl, Daniela, to spend the night. Daniela's parent
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Sarah
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel shows how two crises can totally upend a family. Living in such a small house already, Pfeffer brings alive the sense of literal and metaphorical claustrophobia as Nicole, the protagonist, has to cope with a massive shift in her reality. Uncertain of the future, she has the world pressing down on her, leaving readers wondering how she will emerge from the crises.

I immediately warmed to all of the characters and found them all believable and realistic. Living in a small house, struggli
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Laura Thomas
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I do most of my reading when I go to bed at night. When I began reading this book, I figured I’d read a couple of chapters and go to sleep. That wasn’t the case. I was quickly swept up with the characters and the complications they faced and read it straight through. Not so good for when I had to get up in the morning, but I didn’t regret it. The writing just grabbed hold of me.

The author’s character’s were so genuine. Their hopes, fears, frustrations. I felt like I was included in their lives.
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Cyndi Becker
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
New to me author Anne Pfeffer paints a picture of a single mother, Nicole, who finds herself at a crossroads when her teenage son, Justin, brings home his high school girl "friend" that it appears is pregnant by him. Furthermore, Nicole is compelled to invite said friend, Daniela to stay in a household already stretched thin. And it gets worse. Nicole's psyche is fraying with the pressure to complete an art mural after being chosen by a museum, and the realization that she's still in love with h ...more
Anne Pfeffer
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The author's thanks to the San Francisco Book Review, who gave permission for me to post their review of my book.

Please stop me if I start gushing, but this book deserves more than the five stars I am allowed to give it. This book had everything going for it. Lovable, likable characters with morals. A fantastic setting. A realistic storyline. With an even more realistic ending. I mean really, there were no flaws at all in this book and my eyeballs were glued to it the whole time. Nicole is a sin
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Himani
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-2019-shelf
What would you do if you're a mother and you have to save your child's life from a dreadful situation? What would you do if you're a single mother and you see your child's career going into ruins? If you want to know the answers to these troubling questions, then you need to grab this book for yourself now.
The story is about the struggle of a single mother, Nicole trying to save her boy's career which could be finished if he turns out to be a father in his teenage. But on the other side is a mo
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Sierra
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. Receing the book did not influence my opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

Nicole is shocked to find her son, Justin, in her kitchen one day with a girl she's never seen before named Daniella. She learns that Daniella is pregnant, that her parents have thrown her out, and that she has nowhere to go. Nicole, being the good person she is, steps up and allows Daniella to stay with her.

At the same time, Nicol
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Laura
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been awhile since I read a good contemporary women's fiction novel and this one was a treat. This book drew me in from the first page and just got better as I got deeper into the book. Nicole is a single mom with a 16-year-old son. She creates beautiful pieces of pottery for a living and has just received an opportunity to display her artwork in a museum, but her life takes on a sharp curve when her son brings home a girl named Daniela who is pregnant with his child.

I liked Nicole right fro
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Bridget
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I indulged my love for gorgeous front covers when I chose to read What We Do for Love by Anne Pfeffer! I did find, however, that as soon as I started reading this contemporary romance, I was totally and completely hooked.

The author worked miracles with this fascinating plot-line. I was totally absorbed with the story and (nearly) all of the characters.

I really felt Justin’s pain and confusion and it was interesting to read about his feelings and thoughts regarding the situation in wh
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Aina
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copies
This is a fast, light story about what mothers are willing to do for their children. From the blurb I expected a darker, suspenseful read but this is more like a Hallmark movie - a little dangerous with romance thrown in. It's not what I usually read but I found myself drawn into the characters' lives. I took some time to warm up to Nicole in the beginning as she kept comparing her son to her ex-husband (how handsome he is, etc) which I found to be slightly weird. But soon I started to see her p ...more
Maureen
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Back in 2015 I read ‘Just Pru’ by Anne Pfeffer and I really loved that back. So when I was invited to read ‘What We Do For Love’ I couldn’t say no. After reading a lot of Contemporary Romance novels, which I love, I was excited to read something a little different. And that cover is very pretty too if you ask me.

In ‘What We Do For Love’ we meet single mom Nicole Adams. Nicole has a sixteen year old son Justin who she loves more than anything. Being a single mom can definitely be a little tricky.
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Carmen
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I felt as if things played out as they should in the topic of pregnancy - though at a stage the topic did take a bit of a back seat. One thing I'm glad about is that the romance wasn't prominent feature in the book, since a lot of it felt a bit mediocre.
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Danielle S.
What We Do For Love is a story of a mother's fight for her family.

Nicole is the single mother of a 16 year old son that brings a girl home out of the blue and announces she's carrying his child...her grandchild. Now she finds herself suddenly trying to navigate a new world completely unsure of which direction to go that leads to the best possible place for everyone.

Along the way we watch as she realizes the love she has for her best friend isn't just platonic.


I didn't love this story, I trie
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Cheryl
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this book. For what starts out as kind of a sad story does end with a happy ending. Nicole is truly the voice of the story. It is her story. I like that she never really complained about being a single mother. She unlike Daniela's parents did not judge Daniela. This is because she could relate to Daniela and her situation as a young mother.

The book alternates from the present to the past. Each time the past revealed more of Nicole's live as a young mother. Yes, this story had a bit of a
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Cassie May
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Blog
This is my first book by this author and the blurb made me really look forward to start this one. This book is a complete standalone and can be read without knowing any other works of this author.
The book started easy enough: The main character had just gotten career changing news and was riding a high till her son comes back home with a friend of his. So far, so good. The author then managed to tell a complicated tale about abuse, hope, trust and
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Angela Thompson
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What We Do For Love packs a life story into a quick read. The author's writing style creates an easy to follow, quickly read novel that holds quite a full story for readers. I read the book from start to finish in one evening while I waited for my daughters to finish practices and lessons after school. The author draws reader interest in the first few pages and keeps the book moving along smoothly as she shares the main character's life (past and present) to create the storyline.

The main charac
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Cranky stars


The lengths we will go to for our children are extraordinary and this book tells such a tale.
Nicole lived with her son Justin who she loved more than anything in the world. They had a very good mother and son relationship. Life on the whole was happy, she made just enough money making her pottery to keep there heads above water.


Then one day everything changed. First she was asked by a local gallery to do an art piece for them that would be at the entrance to the event and the first
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Kate
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is real life.

Anne Pfeffer’s latest contemporary women’s fiction, What We Do For Love, is an anxiety-ridden nail biter of a novel that has readers rapidly page-turning to find out what the consequences will be of how each character shows — and proves — love of every kind.

The main character, Nicole Adams, is a single mother struggling to make ends meet, when all at once, her world gets turned upside down. First, an amazing thing happens: she receives some great personal career news. But jus
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Amy
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The minute Nicole thinks things will finally work out for her occurs a minute before she realizes she was wrong.

The single mother to sixteen-year-old Justin, she has always provided for the two of them, but it hasn’t been easy. Now it looks like her dream of being an artist will come true, but when Justin brings home his pregnant girlfriend, Nicole has to figure out what she will do. As she says, “It might kill any chance I had of becoming an artist … [but] this was so much worse for him.”

Nicole
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Viga Boland
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an enjoyable read this was...a welcome break from my usual diet of psychological thrillers.

The author's style is easy going, with lots of dialogue and an interesting assortment of relatable characters: the dedicated mom who narrates the story, her well-brought up teenaged son whom mom didn't realize was "doing the deed"...surprise, surprise mom you're going to be a grandma and you didn't even know he knew about condoms...not to mention the sweet, pregnant girlfriend who suddenly needs a pl
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
The title of this book could not be any more fitting because it portrays Nicole, a single mom, and the lengths she goes to for her family even when those lengths could be dangerous! But isn’t just Nicole that I think this title fits, but also Viviana, Mike, and even her sister.

This book was a fast read for me and I enjoyed the story and some of the twists and turns that came about as more of the personal stories were revealed. Nicole is a single mother and I can’t even imagine what it is like to
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Serena
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
An engaging novel, What We Do for Love sucked me in with its real characters and intriguing plot. Although I don’t have children yet, much less a teenager, I found slipping into Nicole’s shoes effortless. I felt her joy in her art, her frustration in her work, and her worry over her son (Justin) and sister, but I did see the love interest coming a mile away as she remained clueless.

Although parts of this book seemed a bit cliché and predictable, the details added a bit of uniqueness, especially
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Lynn Reynolds
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nicole Adams is riding a high at the moment. Her story starts off with everything seeming normal and then she shows how quickly life can change. Her son seems the typical teenager. He gives her a surprise that she never saw coming. Her feelings seem so realistic and how any mother would feel.

The author certainly caught my attention with how realistic everything seemed to be. Nicole could be one of my neighbors. You may say hi to someone but not really know what happens once they go inside their
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Carla
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book immediately – I felt so connected to Nicole and her struggles as she raises her sixteen year old son on her own. She is such a strong, giving, kind person who faces the same struggles so many of us do. Your heart just warms to her and you want to reach out and hold her at times to give her comfort.

True to how life is, just when Nicole thinks she can move forward in life and lift her family of two up, life throws that curve ball. This time in the form of her son’s g
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Viga Boland
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Most Enjoyable Read!

What an enjoyable read this was...a welcome break from my usual diet of psychological thrillers.

The author's style is easy going, with lots of dialogue and an interesting assortment of relatable characters: the dedicated mom who narrates the story, her well-brought up teenaged son whom mom didn't realize was "doing the deed"...surprise, surprise mom you're going to be a grandma and you didn't even know he knew about condoms...not to mention the sweet, pregnant girlfriend w
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Lynda Dickson
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
Nicole is used to compartmentalizing her life, putting things into boxes in her mind, to be dealt with at an appropriate time. But real life isn’t always that tidy; in fact, it has a way of being extremely messy. Just when she finally gets her opportunity to prove herself as an artist, her son’s girlfriend moves in with them. Then, her sister needs a place to live. So, a household of two suddenly becomes a household of four, and then it grows some more. Will they be able to make it work?

Nicole’s
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Tina
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story gave me a lot of feelings. There is a lot to unpack emotionally and I think mostly it just felt real. The writing style and flow of the story felt very much like having a chat with a girlfiend over coffee. It was as if I was just hearing a story from a friend, if that makes sense.

Let us start with Nicole, oh Nicole. Since the story is told from her perspective we definitely get to know her the best. Her insecurities, her worries, and her fierce love for the people in her life. Not onl
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Fountain Books
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
When I started this novel I honestly did not think I was going to like it. I was absolutely wrong! It was so good. It did remind me of a Lifetime movie but in a good way. It read like it could be anyone’s life with a day that it all changed. I found myself almost instantly bounding and sympathizing with Nicole. Her life got two major twist pretty quickly and she had to adapt. When I read the synopsis I thought that I was stepping into a thriller but it was not that deep. It also informs you in t ...more
Anna
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
What We Do for Love is difficult to put down! It is a fantastic read! Pfeffer paints an authentic picture of a quintessential neighbor you'd find in Hollywood Hills. Nicole and Justin, the mother and son duo, flanked with highly memorable supporting characters, live nothing short of both an average life and extraordinary events! Pfeffer allows us to watch Nicole and Justin's ordinary lives start to clash with teenage pregnancy, a rapidly changing relationship between mother and son, a crumbling ...more
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Award-winning novelist Anne Pfeffer grew up in Phoenix, Arizona reading prodigiously, riding horses, and avoiding rattlesnakes and scorpions. After living in Chicago and New York, she escaped back to the land of sunshine in Los Angeles. She has worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, representing abandoned children in adoption and guardianship proceedings. Anne has a daughter living in New Y ...more

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