The Things We Do for Love - Kristin Hannah

The Things We Do for Love

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2004-06-15
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,331 Ratings


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.

Praise for The Things We Do for Love

“[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


  • Things we do for Love

    By YayaNetski
    A woman’s search for her meaning in life returning home after separating from her husband . Also a neglected girl’s search for love and a better life . They come together.
  • Wonderful book

    By ParkerMamaof2
    Sweet story about love that found a heartbroken lady and young girl
  • Well written story of hope in Hannah’s unique style

    By disappointedbyagame6877
    Kristen Hannah has a style of writing that carries you effortlessly along the story lines. There’s such a smooth cadence to her stories. You can hear the characters in unique voices that creates a clear picture of the scene being portrayed.
  • Enjoyable in a chick-lit,beach read sort of way

    By LisaEmmittPlay
    If you're looking for something light and predictable, this book is for you.
  • Emotional rollercoaster in the best way

    By jamiemaymiller
    I simply love Kristin Hannah
  • Great story. Emotional and beautiful

    By Gold plated dynamite 💯
    I have read 3 of Kristin Hannah’s books and while the stories themselves are wonderful they are quite a bit repetitive. The locations, adjectives, and even the nick-names of her characters are used repeatedly. It has become annoying to read the same description of everything from the sky to the street.
  • Like a vine that gets entwined around your heart

    By PharmgrlMT
    Now one of my favorite KH novels. It wraps around your heart and takes hold. Recommending to my daughters and friends.
  • Touching and emotionally gripping

    By golden lauren
    My 3rd book by Kristin. She has a way of telling tough stories beautifully.
  • Loved it!

    By despat70
    I have loved some of Kristin Hannah’s books but this one is one of my favs. Her writing style really pulls you in and brings things to life. So many things reminded me of my past and the loud family I am from.
  • Loved it!

    By Tami Nantz
    Excellent storytelling about real life issues. Loved it!