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The Things We Do for Love

by Kristin Hannah

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Angela DeSaria Malone and her husband Conlan Malone decide it is time to break off their marriage. Upon the finalization of the divorce Angela moves back home to her families Summer cottage. Where the rest of her family lives in the same town. Angela feels so alone and is trying to get her life back together after losing her father, her baby and her husband all in one year. Angela's life long dream to be a mother has been crushed after trying so many years and having so many disappointments. Angela works at getting the family restaurant into shape where it is making money all the while her loving, well meaning but over bearing mother fighting most of Angela's decisions for change.

In the mean time 17 year old Lauren living on the wrong side of town is succeeding at keeping her grades in Fircrest academy at a 3.92 grade average and working so hard to get into college despite her deplorable living conditions with her alcoholic mother who loves Lauren yet despises her. Lauren works part time and attempts to keep their apartment by paying the rent and making up excuses for her mother. Then Lauren suddenly loses her job and now has to find another one to make ends meet. Lauren is dating David Haynes a very wealthy handsome teenager and they have dated for 4 years. When suddenly their is trouble in paradise.

Angela and Lauren meet by accident and become involved in each other's lives for a life changing experience for both of them as well as the entire DeSaria family.

This is a very convincing story that could actually happen, very touching and bittersweet as well. ( )
  mskeens | Feb 24, 2013 |
A very good read, I liked the family members, enjoyed Angela. Story moved and a nice pace, kept interest high. Finished in 1-day. ( )
  diasukie | Nov 9, 2009 |
missing tape 7-awaiting from OPL
  cljacobson | Jul 22, 2009 |
Things we do for love, yes, we all do things : take care of stranger just because they make us feel for them, fertility couple, italian family, etc... ( )
  labelleaurore | Sep 11, 2008 |
For years Angela DeSaria Malone has felt one things has been missing from her marriage, a child. The desire for the child grows so strong it destroys the marriage. Heartbroken, Angela moves back to her hometown to be enfolded in the arms of her loud, lively, Italian family. On the other side of town lives Lauren Ribido, a teenager, with a mother that cares more for her next drink than her daughter. In this book we find that life may bring our greatest wishes in a different package than we expect. ( )
  punxsygal | Aug 2, 2008 |
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Years of trying unsuccessfully to conceive a child have broken more than Angie DeSaria’s heart. Following a painful divorce, she moves back to her small Pacific Northwest hometown and takes over management of her family’s restaurant. In West End, where life rises and falls like the tides, Angie’s fortunes will drastically change yet again when she meets and befriends a troubled young woman.

Angie hires Lauren Ribido because she sees something special in the seventeen-year-old. They quickly form a deep bond, and when Lauren is abandoned by her mother, Angie offers the girl a place to stay. But nothing could have prepared Angie for the far-reaching repercussions of this act of kindness. Together, these two women—one who longs for a child and the other who longs for a mother’s love—will be tested in ways that neither could have imagined.

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Years of trying unsuccessfully to conceive a child have broken more than Angie DeSaria's heart. Following a painful divorce, she moves back to her small Pacific Northwest hometown and takes over management of her family's restaurant. In West End, where life rises and falls like the tides, Angie's fortunes will drastically change yet again when she meets and befriends a troubled young woman. Angie hires Lauren Ribido because she sees something special in the seventeen-year-old. They quickly form a deep bond, and when Lauren is abandoned by her mother, Angie offers the girl a place to stay. But nothing could have prepared Angie for the far-reaching repercussions of this act of kindness. Together, these two women-one who longs for a child and the other who longs for a mother's love-will be tested in ways that neither could have imagined. A poignant, evocative story that celebrates the magic of motherhood, the joys of coming home, and the price we so willingly pay for love.… (more)

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