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The Sins of the Mother

A Novel
Steel, Danielle (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Sins of the Mother


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Every woman makes choices. And no one has made more difficult choices than Olivia Grayson. The enormously successful businesswoman missed out on much of her children’s lives while she built her legendary home-furnishings empire. In Danielle Steel’s character-rich new novel, Olivia faces the past, tries to balance the present, and makes amends where due, while still running her vastly successful business.

THE SINS OF THE MOTHER

As a way of making up to them for time lost, Olivia spends months every year planning a lavish holiday that everyone in her family will enjoy. This summer she has arranged a dream trip in the Mediterranean on a luxurious yacht, which she hopes will be the most memorable vacation of all. Her lavish gesture every year expresses her love for them, and regret at all the important times she missed during her children’s younger years. Her younger daughter, Cassie, a hip London music producer, refuses the invitation altogether, as she does every year. Her older daughter, Liz, lives in her mother’s shadow, with a terror of failure as she tries to recapture her dream of being a writer. And her sons, John and Phillip, work for Olivia, for better or worse, with wives who wish they didn’t. In the splendor of the Riviera, this should be a summer to remember, with Olivia’s children, grandchildren, and daughters-in-law on board. But as with any family gathering, there are always surprises, and no matter how glamorous the setting things don’t always turn out as ones hopes.

Family dynamics are complicated, old disappointments die hard, and as forgiveness and surprising revelations enter into it, new bonds are formed, and the future takes on a brighter hue. And one by one, with life’s irony, Olivia’s children find themselves committing the same “sins” for which they blamed their mother for so many years. It is a summer of compassion, important lessons, and truth.

The Sins of the Mother captures the many sides of family love: complex, challenging, funny, passionate, and hopefully enduring. Along the way, we are enthralled by an unforgettable heroine, a mother strong enough to take more than her fair share of the blame, wise enough to respect her children for who they really are, and forgiving enough to love them unconditionally.


From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
Having missed much of her children's lives while she built a home-furnishings empire, Olivia Grayson arranges a family vacation in the Mediterranean in the hopes of rekindling ties only to confront painful interpersonal dynamics and unexpected revelations.

Baker
& Taylor

Having missed much of her children's lives while she built a legendary home-furnishings empire, Olivia Grayson arranges a latest annual family vacation in the Mediterranean in the hopes of rekindling ties only to confront painful interpersonal dynamics and unexpected revelations. 400,000 first printing.

Authors: Steel, Danielle
Statement of Responsibility: Danielle Steel
Title: The sins of the mother
a novel
Edition: Dell mass market edition
Characteristics: 430 pages ;,18 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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I am a big Danielle Steel fan. Unfortunately I found this to be a very boring book. I finished it but I really wanted to stop reading it quite a few times. Was very disappointing.

I agree it is a typical Danielle Steel novel. Characters and writing are the same in each book. She is the most repetitive writer I have ever read. I was half way through the book before the story started. Yet once again I will get her next book and love it. I am curious if her non-fiction book "Gift of Hope" will maybe give her some insight and a new story to write. I will be reading it next.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • sunny101877 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this. Typical Danielle Steele sadness and family drama abound. Great story. Great family. Great successes.

anytime a new danielle steel book comes out, put me on the list, thank you, denise l mullis

Report This Dec 14, 2012
  • sablegirl rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is probably the last Danielle Steel book for me! Very boring, again, not well written - seems like someone else is writing Danielle's books now! I used to wait anxiously for every one of her books but this one and the last one I read were very disappointing. I agree, it was difficult to get through. I also felt like I was reading about her life with all the riches, money, glamor, etc. Don't want to hear about rich people getting richer! Don't recommend if you're a Danielle Steel fan.

I agree, boring and repetitive.

Report This Nov 06, 2012
  • 737knox rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Very boring book,couldn't keep reading it I was soooooo bored

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