Title: The Things We Do For Love
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre: Women’s Fiction
The Things We Do for Love is an oldie, but goodie in Kristin Hannah’s 24 book catalog. Written in 2004, it’s a story centered around the DeSaria family. I must forewarn you that it does deal with some hefty topics that could be sensitive to some. It centers around divorce, child loss, adoption, teenage pregnancy, and alcoholism.
The youngest of three daughters, Angela, is the princess of the family. Her sisters stay in their small town of West End and work at the families Italian restaurant. But, not Angela, she goes off to college for marketing, gets married and moves to Seattle.
But, after a divorce, she returns home and rejoins her loud-in you business-family. She starts working at the restaurant to help with the marketing since things aren’t going so well. This includes hiring teenage waitress, Lauren. Lauren works hard and takes care of herself, since her mom is usually out drinking. Angela and Lauren bond and form and friendship that they both equally need.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I liked this one a lot. I loved the close Italian American family portrayed. It reminded me a little bit of one of my favorite movies - My Big Fat Greek Wedding - the way they were in each others business out of love. There is a lot to unpack in this one, but I think the author does it well. The ending didn’t go quite as I thought, but I will say it was even better. This book was full of character growth.