The Sins of the Mother

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Bantam, 2012 - Businesswomen - 368 pages
26 Reviews
In The Sins of the Mother, an immensely successful businesswoman must help her adult children find their way in the world, guiding each to professional and personal success, as she looks back on her own life and examines the choices she has made . A sweeping ensemble novel about the ties that bind and importance of family, it is #1 New York Times bestselling novelist Danielle Steel at her irresistible best. Everything Olivia Grayson touches in the business world turns to gold. Her flawless instincts, natural talent, and inexhaustible drive have transformed the small furniture store her mother inherited into The Factory,o an international design and furniture empire rivaling IKEA. Now, though, at sixty-nine, widowed fourteen years earlier, Olivia reflects upon her life and wishes she'd invested as much of herself in her family as she did in her business. Her children were raised by her own mother while Olivia was busy working. The Factory is her passion and her life, and although she has tried to make it up to them, the relationship she has with her family is not as close as she would like it to be. Eager to atone for past sins, Olivia does her utmost to support each of her children as they struggle through personal and professional crises. While one of her sons is unhappily married to a cold, domineering woman, the other is completely oblivious to his son's struggles as a gay teen. And while one of her daughters is creatively stifled and overly timid, the other is professionally successful but emotionally stunted. Hoping to unite them, Olivia whisks the entire clan off on a lavish Mediterranean vacation aboard the 300-hundred foot luxury yacht Lady Luck. Instead, the holiday only brings their underlying tensions boiling to the surface. Meanwhile, Olivia weathers an unexpected crisis of her own when she is diagnosed with cancer and finds an unexpected refuge with someone who has been close at hand all along. Given a new beginning she will have one more chance to reassess her choices and actions, and decide at last what she really needs from life...and whether she can truly embrace the love and support of those around her. She will find that the family she has created is her greatest achievement, her children like her and at the same time unique, separate and woven together, irrevocably part of each other and together whole.

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She ends up writing a great piece and submits it. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Jeanne Halloran - Goodreads

Once again Danielle Steel writes a story that is too compelling to put down. You want to stay up all night reading "The Sins of the Mother". This is a story of family dynamics, the dysfunctions and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Selma Gracanin - Goodreads

Really an amazing book! You connect zoo good with the characters and you get that: "Uh I know what is going to happen next" feeling, but then it doesn't and something even more exciting happens and ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Danielle Steel is one of the world's most popular and highly acclaimed authors, with over ninety international bestselling novels in print and more than 600 million copies of her novels sold. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; and Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved.

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