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What We Do For Love
Publication date: May 21st 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Thirty-eight year old Nicole Adams has given up on finding love. Instead, the single mother focuses on the things she cherishes most—her sixteen-year old son Justin, her friends, and her art.
When she convinces a prominent Los Angeles museum to feature a piece of her work, a large-scale installation, she thinks her life has finally turned a corner.
Then Justin brings a girl, Daniela, home to live with them. Daniela’s angry parents have thrown her out of the house, because she’s pregnant with Justin’s child. Shattered, Nicole takes Daniela in and, in so doing, is drawn into the inner circle of Daniela’s family—a frightening world of deceit and violence.
Nicole struggles to keep life going as normal. 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.
What We Do for Love won the Chick Lit category of the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and finalist for Best Cover Design/Fiction!
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New to me author Anne Pfeffer paints a picture of a single mother, Nicole, who finds herself at a crossroads when her teenage son, Justin, brings home his high school girl “friend” that it appears is pregnant by him. Furthermore, Nicole is compelled to invite said friend, Daniela to stay in a household already stretched thin. And it gets worse. Nicole’s psyche is fraying with the pressure to complete an art mural after being chosen by a museum, and the realization that she’s still in love with her best friend, Mike. Wow, that’s a lot going in this domestic, family drama.
While the narrative is focused and told through Nicole’s POV, there’s a lot of focus on what everyone else in her life is going through and feeling. Into the fray comes her sister Caroline, announcing a separation from her husband, and her responsibilities seem greater. Pfeffer does a wonderful job keeping all the plot pieces on point and manages to create some suspense when Daniela’s family insinuate themselves into every aspect of her families life, and not in a good way.
I liked the story as a domestic drama and an in-depth portrayal of a woman protecting herself, but more importantly her son’s future. There’s quite a bit of fretting and heavy contemplation in what Justin faces, at how the turn of events impacts everyone in her life, but most importantly her son:
“Justin leaned forward, fidgeting, his elbows on his knees, one hand loosely holding the bottle. He expelled a deep sigh. My eyes met Mike’s in a look of mutual helplessness. Justin was going to be a father, and there was nothing we could do about it. So many near misses in life, so many times when we sidestep the consequences of our mistakes through sheer dumb luck. But this time, the arrow of misfortune had hit its mark.”
But more importantly is what Nicole learns about taking care of herself, taking chances to achieve greatness, feeding her soul. It’s well written, a little heavier than I expected ( I thought it might be more domestic thriller), but I enjoyed the message, the importance of family and friendship.
~Review by Cyndi
Hi! I grew up in the desert around Phoenix, Arizona, where I had a bay quarter horse named Dolly. If I wasn’t riding, I was holed up somewhere reading Laura Ingalls Wilder or the Oz books or, later on, Jane Eyre and The Grapes of Wrath. Horses eventually faded as an interest, but I ended up with a lifelong love of books and reading.
After college and eight years of living in cold places like Chicago and New York, I escaped back to the land of sunshine. I now live in California, one mile from the Pacific Ocean, with my dachshund Taco. I have worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, doing adoptions and guardianships for abandoned children.
As a writer, I’d always been interested in children’s books, since they had meant so much to me as a kid. I’ve found I especially like writing books about teens and twenty-somethings, an age where you make so many decisions about who you are and how you want to spend your life.
I love hearing from readers, so please write to me any time at my website www.annepfeffer.com.
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