Read as an eARC. Much thanks to NetGalley, Xpresso Book Tours and Bold Print Press for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.
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“For our children, we will say or do anything. We will tell lies, play tricks, if it is necessary to keep them safe.”
📖 Blurb in Goodreads 📖
Thirty-eight-year-old Nicole Adams has given up on finding love. The single mother focuses instead 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.
🖋About the Author: Anne Pfeffer
Award-winning novelist Anne Pfeffer grew up in Phoenix, Arizona reading prodigiously, riding horses, and avoiding rattlesnakes and scorpions. After living in Chicago and New York, she escaped back to the land of sunshine in Los Angeles. She has worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, representing abandoned children in adoption and guardianship proceedings. Anne has a daughter living in New York and is the author of four books in the YA/New Adult genres.
Learn more at AnnePfefferBooks.com.
📚 Series: No.
📚 Genre: General Fiction with a little Romance.
📚 POV: First person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Alcoholism. Violence. Domestic Abuse. Child Abuse. Stalking.
What We Do For Love is my first read from a new-to-me author Anne Pfeffer. Based on the cover and what little of the blurb I read, I was expecting something dark and a bit dangerous in a domestic setting. But a few pages in, it felt different– lighter, and I mean that in a good way.
“You always say that, Mom.”Justin grinned down at me, and it warmed my heart to finally see him smile.“A tsunami could be coming at us full force, and you’d be saying, ‘We’re okay!’”
Nicole (who has the name as me and felt weird reading) is a ceramics artist and is solely raising her son, Justin, an honor roll senior student. A dash of bad things came their way, her son Justin got a classmate, Daniela, pregnant. Her sister is taking a break from her husband and wants to stay with her for a while. And even the girl his son got pregnant needs a temporary home, too.
Their story shows how problems affect the dynamic of a family. Nicole’s family of two is suddenly claustrophobic and her future plans are suddenly a bit blurry. Nicole is being a grandmother soon while she is also given an opportunity to showcase her art and further improve her business. Then the story is filled with danger when Daniela’s family gets involved.
I have to say, this book is very realistic. The characters are likeable, especially Nicole. She is a smart mom and caring and helpful and dependable and staying strong even though she is feeling troubled and faced with challenges. The other characters were written as realistically, with their own imperfections and problems.
The story flow in its entirety is very tight knit. Nothing felt off and it actually felt like I was watching a movie. The suspense and thriller part was not as morbid or violent as some books and that made it feel more true. Even the romance bit was written beautifully. The resolution to ending was really perfect and well thought.
I really enjoyed reading this and I am looking forward for more of Anne Pfeffer’s works.
“Things fall apart and come back together. Everything can be completely broken around you, and then life starts—very slowly— to reassert itself.”
☁ THE CRITERIA ☁
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🌻 Suspense/Thrill :⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Page Turner:⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐
☁FINAL VERDICT : 3.81/5 ☁️