The Things We Do for Love by Kristin Hannah was a lovely story about a woman whose desire for a child consumes her, but she ends up on an unexpected journey where she finds that it wasn’t a baby that was her answer after all. It’s very much a Kristin Hannah book – I enjoyed the characters and the story and the world of West End, painted so beautifully in the book. I could picture it and I found myself longing for just such a place in my own life.
I didn’t entirely relate with Angie’s situation – her overwhelming need for a child essentially destroys her marriage and consumes her entire life. She resigns herself to the fact that she won’t ever be a mother and finally starts to build a new life after she returns home to West End, a picturesque coastal town north of Seattle. She is able to throw her passion into helping her family rebuild their restaurant while also rebuilding herself.
Lauren, a smart, determined girl whose own mother is abusively neglectful and notorious in town for her drinking and partying, ends up in Angie’s life and it’s almost like fate brought them together. They needed each other.
But it’s never as simple as a woman who wants a child and a child who wants a mother coming together. That would be too easy. They endure a lot, go through their own heartbreaks and come out the other side solid and strong in their love for each other. It’s quite a journey and one I was happy to travel on with them.
Kristin Hannah books aren’t important works of art. They’re small in the scheme of things, but enjoyable. They fit nicely in that place between romance novels (romance novels might be on the bottom rung but I still enjoy them) and Important Books, a place that is such a good escape once in a while. I cried along with the characters in all the right places and my heart was full at the end. This book isn’t necessarily important and it didn’t change my life (I’m looking at you, John Green), but I just plain liked it. I hadn’t read one of her books in several years and this reminded me why I had more of hers in the queue.