The Things We Do for Love

The Things We Do for Love

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Explores the need we all have for love in a portrait of two women of different ages and backgrounds. Angie Malone has come back to her small Washington State town after suffering the loss of a child, the end of a marriage, and the death of her father. Nestled in the bosom of her family, she tries to help with their failing restaurant. Her mother and sisters are glad she's home but realize that she needs something more as she copes with her grief. When Angie reaches out to 18-year-old Lauren Ribido, who seeks a job at the restaurant, they worry that she'll be disappointed. Lauren has not had an easy life. Her mother is an alcoholic who reminds Lauren constantly that she was a mistake and is the reason for their poverty, but Lauren is trying to rise above her circumstances through hard work and a quest for a college scholarship. Angie becomes attached to her and acts like a surrogate mother as they embark on a shaky friendship
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2009]
ISBN: 9780307548023
0307548023
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK

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NanCcan
Oct 18, 2016

Enjoyable read. I recommend it for anyone considering or going through IVF. Some valuable lessons are learned by everyone in the story.

Brooklynnnjv Aug 16, 2013

Another enjoyable book by this author!

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lpreston214
Jun 18, 2012

Another satifying read by one of the queen of "women's" fiction. Angie, whose marriage was seemingly ruined by failing to have a child returns home to mama and sisters who run the family restaurant. After joining in the business she meets a troubled and virtually motherless teen (Lauren) who moves in with Angie and then gets pregnant by her rich boyfriend. This seems like a pretty true to life story except for Lauren's mother. She's just like Tully's mother in Firefly Lane. I find it impossible to accept that any mother who bothered to give birth and keep a child could care so little. Oh well. In this story Angie and Lauren learn that we can all benefit from both receiving and providing a little mothering.

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gardenofedens
Dec 03, 2011

Amazing, amazing book. Absolutely LOVED it. Cried throughout far too much of the book (happy tears!) and I'd definitely recommend it!!

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sailk
Jul 06, 2011

Enjoyed reading this story. Very emotional and predictable story between a woman and a teenage girl. Hannah does a great job in describing feelings of each of the characters.

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Eclectic1
Mar 16, 2010

A great story about a woman who desperately wanted to be a mother and a teenage girl who needed a caring one. Pure Soap Opera but really well done. I very much enjoyed it.

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