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Friday, June 14, 2019

Xpresso Tours Presents: What We Do For Love by Anne Pfeffer; #BlogTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #TBR, #Review, #Giveaway

What We Do For Love 
Anne Pfeffer 
Publication date: May 21st 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Rating:  4 Stars
Told in the first person.

Disclosure of Material Connection:   I received this book for review from Xpresso Book Tours and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

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!

My Thoughts:

Nicole Adams is riding a high at the moment. Her story starts off with everything seeming normal and then she shows how quickly life can change. Her son seems the typical teenager. He gives her a surprise that she never saw coming. Her feelings seem so realistic and how any mother would feel.

The author certainly caught my attention with how realistic everything seemed to be. Nicole could be one of my neighbors. You may say hi to someone but not really know what happens once they go inside their home. Not knowing a single parent, I can’t say I know about the struggles they must have but our author gives us a fictional peek into what that life may be like. There comes a scene toward the end where Nicole voices a feeling that I’m sure a lot of women have voiced at one time or another.

Our author also puts in twists and turns that seem so realistic and show that anything could be possible in the life of a mother and her son. The only thing about the ending was that after everything that happened to get to that point, the happiness seemed to be rushed. I can’t really call it a romance but a peek into the life of a woman who is at a point in her life where she wants certain things. The secondary characters help to make this story – just like in a movie. On the whole it was an enjoyable read.
Author Bio:
 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

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  1. Great review, Lynn! This sounds like a really well written, realistic story and Nicole sounds like she really comes to life. Glad you liked it!

  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway.


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