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
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.
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
Probably not... the story was really bland and predictable. Casssandra's voice is really soothing, in fact sometimes it just put me right to bed. I was sure to bookmark often.
The most disappointing thing was nothing happen that excited me. It was warm and sometimes you were able to relate to the characters, but definitely not entertaining. I soon realize I was only still listening to get my "credit" worth.
Predictable. Boring. Simple.
no. all the pieces fell exactly where you figured they would in the end
On to the next book...
It has been years since I have read Danielle Steel. She was the writer who knocked you down then kicked you in the gut. Her writing was too depressing for me. Read the reviews and thought maybe I could handle this one. Also sick of recent purchases of books written for the younger set. I kept waiting for something to happen. It really didn't...I'm glad no one was killed, the boat wasn't hit by a tsunami or anything. This isjust family&how family is with one another. I really liked it, but didn't find any "Wow" . I liked all the characters. I really like Olivia. I found the transition of Phillip to be somewhat not believeable. I was happy for their successes and realizations. But this is a family story of a very successful family. I think I was holding my breath expecting the heartbreaking event but thankfully my heart wasn't hurt in the reading of this book.
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.
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