What We Do For Love by Anne Pfeffer
Thirty-eight-year-old Nicole has given up on finding love. The single mother prefers to focus on a few things that she cherishes–her sixteen-year-old son Justin, her friends, and her art. When she convinces a major museum to show a piece of her work, and she thinks her career has finally turned a corner, her son brings home a girl, Daniela, to spend the night. Daniela’s parents have thrown her out of the house: she is pregnant with Justin’s child. Shattered, Nicole feels she has no choice but to take the girl in. She finds herself falling in love with Daniela, but increasingly troubled by the behavior of the girl’s icy, tormented mom and hard-drinking, hard-fisted dad.Nicole struggles as fear and deceit enter her formerly peaceful life. Forced to deal with people she doesn’t trust or like, fearful for the future of both her son and the grandchild they’re expecting, Nicole wonders if she can do what she tells Justin to do: always have faith in yourself and do the right thing.
Book Review by Tanya Kaanta
If one were to think about all the situations our children could find themselves in, and the response a parent might have, then What We Do For Love by Anne Pfeffer is an example of said mental exercise. It’s a story of what if – what if your teenage son came home with a friend and asked if she could live with the family. Why this friend is there remains a mystery. And the danger to come is unknown.
This is the scenario that thirty-eight year old divorcee Nicole Adams finds herself in after she thinks her life is about to take a turn for the better. An artist, she’s been commissioned to display her work, her son is doing well in school, and her first love is now an excellent friend.
But then Justin brings home a girl, Daniela. She’s unable to hide the turmoil she’s feeling, and Nicole recognizes something isn’t right at home. Without giving too many spoilers away, Nicole allows Daniela to stay at her home.
What comes next is a roller coaster of deceit, danger, and loyalty. As Nicole finds out the story behind Daniela and her family. When her own family and her life is in danger, will Nicole continue to support Daniela?
What We Do For Love is a quick chick-lit read with some minor suspense, though more a treatise on family, love, support, and the distance a mother goes to protect those she loves. Sprinkled in the book is a minor love-story for Nicole, though this aspect of the narrative is a bit weak. Though the love story is not the main focus.
I’d recommend this book for a quick beach read over the summer. It’s not going to change your life but it will make you think a bit about family, trust, and love.
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