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 novel, Olivia faces the past, tries to balance the present and make amends where due, while still running her vastly successful business.
As a way of making up to them for time lost, Olivia spends months each year planning a 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 one 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.
©2012 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved (P)2012 Danielle Steel
Audio works best for me. I love to read but don't have time. So, I listen while I get my stuff done.
Loves the main character. She recognizes her short commings while standing by her decisions.
Danielle always does a good job of entertaining me. I always listend to her work quickly and never get bogged down.
This was all happy and positive, not the usual tale that keeps my head clogged trying not to cry. I kept reading waiting for the catastrophe to happen, but was pleasantly surprised.
My only negative reaction was to morals portrayed. I guess I'm too old to appreciate the modern attitude toward marriage.
Characters were pretentious and not very likable. The story line was predictable. The grandiose descriptions of the characters was repeated many times. And of course, everyone lived happily after ever. What a waste of time.
She just repeats herself OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER... It's cheesy and unrealistic. I hate everything I ever listen to from Danielle Steele why do I ever fall for these books! It was on sale!
The performance of this book was fine.
The problem is that I can't even get halfway through it. I thought it would be a simple summer read but all of the main characters are so unlikable that I find myself annoyed by listening. One unlikable character is to be expected but four unlikable main characters make you want to wring their necks for complaining and being ungrateful all the time makes this an unenjoyable book
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