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The Things We Do for Love

Recently divorced Angela Malone leaves her glamorous and fast-paced life as an advertising executive in Seattle for the peace and calm of her childhood home. Her marriage ended because she and her husband, Conlan, had been unable to conceive a child, and the constant st...
Recently divorced Angela Malone leaves her glamorous and fast-paced life as an advertising executive in Seattle for the peace and calm of her childhood home. Her marriage ended because she and her husband, Conlan, had been unable to conceive a child, and the constant stress that this brought upon their marriage was more than either of them could handle.

Angie returns home to the arms of her large Italian family in West End. Her new role --- to help rebuild DeSaria's, the family's restaurant, which was her deceased father's pride and joy. Angie finds herself hiding from the ghosts of her past within the warmth of her family.

Kristin Hannah is an extraordinary novelist who has created a real and vivid portrait of motherhood and the choices that women face today. THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE explores the emotional journeys of women who have found themselves lost within their own lives. Hannah writes with spirit and sympathy to create a novel that is rich in detail with characters who are courageous and believable. THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE is an excellent story about the obstacles in life, the strength of love, and the beauty of hope.

posted by Tidbitsofscott on September 8, 2009

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A Truly Disturbing Book

Having read Kristen Hannah's books in the past, I expected great things. And for the first 90% of the book, that's what I got an insightful, touching and well thought out story brought to life by characters that really got to me. And then the book took a sharp left t...
Having read Kristen Hannah's books in the past, I expected great things. And for the first 90% of the book, that's what I got an insightful, touching and well thought out story brought to life by characters that really got to me. And then the book took a sharp left turn at the end. In a stunningly out of character move, one of the lead characters commits an act of ruthless betrayal so profoundly selfish and ill-conceived that it takes the breath away. What makes this so hard to take is that it is painted in saccharin sweet hues to make it palatable and acceptable, but to me, it was if two totally different writers wrote this book. The first 90% of the book is written by a writer who gets the complexities of emotional choices and the impacts they have on others. The second writer obviously thinks that an act that is good for not a single character in the book, done out of sense of selfish desperation is a positive outcome. It's only a book, and the author can do with her characters what she wants. But in the end I felt hurt and cheated by a character I had been pulling for for hundreds of pages. In short, this book broke my heart.

posted by Anonymous on July 11, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    A Truly Disturbing Book

    Having read Kristen Hannah's books in the past, I expected great things. And for the first 90% of the book, that's what I got an insightful, touching and well thought out story brought to life by characters that really got to me. And then the book took a sharp left turn at the end. In a stunningly out of character move, one of the lead characters commits an act of ruthless betrayal so profoundly selfish and ill-conceived that it takes the breath away. What makes this so hard to take is that it is painted in saccharin sweet hues to make it palatable and acceptable, but to me, it was if two totally different writers wrote this book. The first 90% of the book is written by a writer who gets the complexities of emotional choices and the impacts they have on others. The second writer obviously thinks that an act that is good for not a single character in the book, done out of sense of selfish desperation is a positive outcome. It's only a book, and the author can do with her characters what she wants. But in the end I felt hurt and cheated by a character I had been pulling for for hundreds of pages. In short, this book broke my heart.

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