The Sins Of The Mother: A Novel

Hardcover | October 30, 2012

byDanielle Steel

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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.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREvery 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 balan...

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 600 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Friends Forever, Betrayal, Hotel Vendôme, Happy Birthday, 44 Charles Street, Legacy, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the st...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.65 × 6.42 × 1.19 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385343205

ISBN - 13:9780385343206

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Sins of the Mother Ok! Ok Ok! Ok! I didn't like it that much. I read better books from D.S.
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great As always an easy read. Not a barn burner but about family relationships.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great about the dynamics existing in a family, about a working mother and her children s relationship with her and how she tries to make amends. even though the characters are wealthy beyond belief i was still able to empathize and relate to them. great characterisation, one of her better books
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The sins of the mother Heart warming as always with steel's novels.
Date published: 2013-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sins of the Mother Awesome story loved it.
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The sins of the mother As always a great read!
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sins of the mother Loved this book really made me reflect back on a lot of my own life choices
Date published: 2013-03-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So So Once again Danielle Steel writes the same novel about rich people that have oodles of money and lots of family troubles. Suffice it to say, that I think that it is about time that Danielle puts a whole new spin on her books. I am tired of the constant repetition of her storyline. You don't need to tell me over and over and over again that the main character is a rich person. Danielle - it is time to move on with your life and find something new and refreshing. Just my two cents - don't bother paying for the book - borrow it from the library. As a matter of fact, you won't notice any changes from her last books to this one - just perhaps the characters names and location.
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I really loved this book!!!
Date published: 2013-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy reading I always enjoy Danielle Steele, though her books never really change much. No surprise, I liked this one too. Easy and entertaining read.
Date published: 2013-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The sins of the Mother A bit repetitive, but I still liked it!
Date published: 2013-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from She' the best Nice story, enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2012-12-18