Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Book Review - The Things We Do For Love by Alice Peterson

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Title:  The Things We Do For Love
Author: Alice Peterson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 10th September 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

Love may hurt, but not loving hurts even more . . .

January Wild loves her daughter, her dog Spud and her childhood home by the sea.

Single parenting is tough, but January has no regrets. She has a job she loves, a happy home, and the support of her beloved grandfather. The arrival of a new boss, however, threatens to shake up January's safe world.

Ward Metcalfe loves great sales results and a well-run office.

Everyone at her office agrees: Ward is a soulless, corporate slave driver. Even Spud, the company mascot, dislikes him.

A secret stands between them.

Yet over time January realises first impressions aren't always right. Slowly she unravels more and more about her new boss, things she couldn't possibly have imagined, nor expected...

What a beautiful and emotional novel, incredibly well written, that deals with some tough subject matter. As result of this book, I know a lot more about Cerebal Palsy than I did before, and that can only be a good thing, as its increased my understanding of this condition. 

January Wild has not had an easy life, her parents died when she was one, her grandparents brought Jan and Lucas (her brother) up, and now January is a single parent to Isla. Isla is a wonderful, spirited 11 year old girl, who is the life and soul of this book. January loved her job too, until she gets a new boss and then everything changes. 

Her new boss, is Ward Metcalfe and he runs an office in a different manner to the previous boss, and it takes a while for any of the employees to take to him. 

In amongst the present storyline, we are often transported back to key points in Jan and Isla's past, and we learn a lot about how Jan grew up, and why Lucas isn't the warmest of big brothers. And we learn the story of Isla's early years, the reason Dan (her father) wasn't in the picture, and we learn of the immensely strong and scary decision Jan makes for Isla, to try and improve her quality of life. 

I loved seeing the changing dynamic between Ward and Jan, as well as Jan's relationship with her grandparents. You could feel the love in this book. 

Right from the start The Things We Do For Love will get under your skin, and make you want to continue to read on. If you have never read an Alice Peterson, then this is highly recommended as your first one. If you have read Alice Peterson before and loved her like I do, then I'd urge you to consider this book. 

Thanks so much to Quercus and Netgalley for this review copy. This is my honest opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Another great review and a book to add to my wish list.


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