THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE

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This wonderful book is a classic
example of the enormously touching
and thought-provoking stories that are Hannah's specialty. The warmth and complexities of these characters grab hold of the heartstrings.

Following the deaths of her premature daughter and her father and the dissolution of her marriage, Angie Malone decides to return to her childhood home of West End, Washington. The family restaurant, DeSaria's, is in danger of failing, and Angie's mother needs help. Angie doesn't know much about the restaurant business, but she knows marketing and plans to learn the rest.

Seventeen-year-old Lauren Ribido has succeeded in basically raising herself and thriving in school, despite the odds against her. Lauren is ambitious and determined to get into a great college. She is also in love with the town rich boy, David Ryerson Hayes. But all Lauren's plans hit the skids when she gets pregnant and her mother abandons her.

From the first, Angie is quietly impressed with Lauren, and when she learns of the girl's predicament, Angie offers to let Lauren move in with her. This act of kindness will forever change their lives. The women begin exploring bonds that are generally reserved for mothers and daughters.

This wonderful book is a classic example of the enormously touching and thought-provoking stories that are Hannah's specialty. The warmth and complexities of these characters grab hold of the heartstrings. (Jun., 400 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith