The Sins of the Mother

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Delacorte Press, 2012 - Fiction - 354 pages
19 Reviews
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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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

Read for the Fantasy Bookball Challenge Bronteight. I'd never read a Danielle Steele book before (despite being pretty derogatory towards them), and thought I'd check one out for the point. I found ... Read full review

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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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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
19
Section 3
35
Section 4
60
Section 5
81
Section 6
101
Section 7
114
Section 8
125
Section 16
226
Section 17
249
Section 18
257
Section 19
261
Section 20
272
Section 21
280
Section 22
293
Section 23
310

Section 9
134
Section 10
149
Section 11
160
Section 12
175
Section 13
193
Section 14
207
Section 15
215
Section 24
317
Section 25
322
Section 26
332
Section 27
342
Section 28
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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 Vendōme, Happy Birthday, 44 Charles Street, Legacy, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death, and the memoir A Gift of Hope.

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