Monday, January 16, 2012

The Things We Do For Love by Kristin Hannah

From Goodreads: 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.

I read Firefly Lane last year and enjoyed it very much, then I read Winter Garden just last week and was underwhelmed. This one puts Kristin Hannah back on my good list. Some of the reviews I read were vehement in their dislike but I was very moved by the story and the tears poured the final quarter of the book. Maybe I am old enough to have seen women go through the trials of infertility and how alcohol can destroy a family, all the combustible emotions that felt flat with some readers felt pretty real to me - I liked and cared about the characters and thought Hannah did a great job with this one.

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1 comment:

lsl_scrapper said...

I've read a few Kristin Hannah and enjoyed them all, but none so much as 'Winter Garden'. I'll add this one to my TBR. Thanks for the review.