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  • Written by: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (199 ratings)

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The Things We Do for Love

Written by: Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2004 by Kristin Hannah. (P)2004 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“[Kristin] Hannah is superb at delving into her main characters’ psyches and delineating nuances of feeling.” (The Washington Post Book World)

“Wonderful . . . enormously touching . . . The warmth and complexities of these characters grab hold of the heartstrings.” (RT Book Reviews)

“Wrenching, convincing . . . bittersweet.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Basic and a bit offensive

I've read "The Great Alone" and "The Four Winds" and found them deeply captivating. Kristin Hannah's strength seems to be detailing intense weather landscapes and the mirroring complexities in our relationships with others: neither are present in this book. The story line is basic and cliche. Even more basic and cliche are the women characters. Although I expect nothing more than white feminist renditions of womanhood from Hannah, I still expect complex characters - these woman are not that. Instead of approaching maternity and motherhood with the same complexity and care she approaches class issues or domestic violence, Hannah has an overly essentialist mentality that is also uninspired. I can deal with offensive and trite, that's the reality of popular women's literature, but at least make the story interesting and give me thoughtful characters. If I didn't love Hannah's other recent books, I wouldn't have bothered with this. Is listenable for unremarkable. For a complex and compelling narrative on motherhood, I strongly recommend you listen to "De:transition, baby" instead.

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Not as good as other titles

I am a huge fan of Kristin Hannah but for me this book fell flat. I found the story line predictable from the start and I don’t care for how this one was read.

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A different kind of love story

While I did enjoy this book, I didn't love it the way I usually love Kristin Hannah's books. it was a bit cheesy and sometimes predictable, very unlikely situations. It was a good light read just didn't quite hit the spot for me.

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another great book by Kristin hannah

kristin hannah never disappoints great heart felt story yet again, i had tears:) a must read !

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Captivating

Kristin Hannah is by far on of my favourite authors. I listened to Firefly Lane and have been listening to every book I can by her now. Her books are so wonderfully written.

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Beautiful

Once again the author knows how to weave stories that play on our heart strings. Her character development / descriptions leave you intimately knowing each of them. I loved it!

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The things we do for love

I love Kristen Hannah and consider this one of her absolute best thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish

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Beautifully done

I loved every moment of this lovely story.
It shows how love can transform lives. Highly recommended.

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Predictable

It was a nice story, but sappy. Perhaps the genre wasn’t the right fit for me. On Amazon.ca the audible version shows this book is #32 in Psychological Thrillers. This book is not in any way, shape or form a thriller. It fits more appropriately into Family saga, Domestic Life or Women’s Fiction.

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Fantastic!

I couldn't wait to pop in my ear buds every time I hopped in my car to fall back in to it! Fantastic story line and phenomenal narrator! One of Kristin's best as far as I'm concerned!!

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