The Things We Do for Love

  • by Alice Peterson
  • Narrated by Julia Barrie
  • 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

January is starting again. 
After years trapped at home as a single parent, January is ready for a new challenge. Her daughter, Isla, is off to school, leaving her mum with time on her hands at last - and long-overdue bills to pay. January takes a job at a local estate agent, and after a rocky start she's soon getting back on her feet.
But when an old boyfriend pops up and, at the same time, Isla's dad suddenly reappears - things get very complicated indeed.
From the number-one best-selling author of Monday to Friday Man, this is a story of rekindling lost passions, finding new friends, and the things we do for love....

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What the Critics Say

"A beautiful, uplifting, unconventional love story." (Paige Toon on One Step Closer to You)
"This poignant story about love, grief and forgiveness is wonderfully touching." (Closer on By My Side)

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Classic Alice Peterson

this was such a lovely story and everything you would expect from an Alice Peterson novel. The reader is thrown right into the action with January and the novel continues to tell her past tell, how she came to be who she is today and her current situation. There are all sorts of twists for our lovely heroine, life definitely doesn't run smoothly for her but at the same time, you wish that things did. There were some points where the novel had jumped to the past and it to me a while to catch up with where we were and what the situation was, this is not a novel for switching off with,but I feel that because I concentrated that little bit more, I got more out of the novel.

I really liked January as a character. She is a strong lead and refreshing from some heroines who don't really know what to do with themselves or fall into tears at the first sign of difficulty. I liked that she was determined to be independent. She knows that she made some bad decisions but she acknowledges them and deals with them. I also really like the fact that, despite being a single mother with a very needy child, she still wants to and does work! Ward on the other hand was not a favourite of mine. I didn't like the fact that he had a real temper on him and was fairly cagey. The temper meant that he was always apologising and having to be forgiven for things and I think I would just eventually loose patience with h in real life.

This book didn't make me cry, so if you've read Alice Peterson's other novels with a tissue in hand, don't worry you probably won't need it for this one. It was a still an intense read but nothing that had me weeping in public or anything! I read this fairly quickly and actually listened to the Audiobook performance! It was a good performance apart from the voice used for the little girl, this was just a little to infantile and made me cringe. I found myse,f trying to grab any opportunity to listen to this book though because I desperately wanted to find out what was going to happen. This was a heartwarming tale and definitely completely relevant to life as a single parent or even just a woman today.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2015
  • Publisher: Quercus