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The Sins of the Mother: A Novel | [Danielle Steel]

The Sins of the Mother: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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, Inc (P)2012 Danielle Steel

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    Teresa Richmond 04-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "As usual, a winner. excellent performance!"

    I loved this book like every other work by Ms. Steele. i highly recommend this performance . the narrater was very talented.

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    Kim 02-02-15
    Kim 02-02-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story line."

    There are several spots where the same thing is said over and over. And over. Wait did I mention that already?

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    juliet 01-15-15
    juliet 01-15-15
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    "Very wordy"
    What did you like best about The Sins of the Mother? What did you like least?

    I liked the plot lines and that it had a strong female lead. I thought it was too long and that Danielle seemed to forget she was a story teller and go into preaching mode too often.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked that she interwove the lives of Olivia's children throughout the story. I thought she worshiped Olivia a little too much.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    She had great diction and was easy to understand.


    Do you think The Sins of the Mother needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed with this book and it's put me off buying more from this author even though I've heard so much about her.

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    Janelle 12-31-14
    Janelle 12-31-14
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    "Repeat"

    If you took out the repeated sayings this book would only last an hour. I only kept listening because I felt that something HAD to happen. Maybe create a drinking game out of it???

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    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 12-06-14
    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 12-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of her best!!!"
    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Cassandra Campbell is always superb. I am not fond of the way she does male voices, but even with that small flaw, I always enjoy her performances.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an intricate love story involving an entire family, centered around a strong capable businesswoman who built a huge business. I am about the same age as Olivia and really enjoyed the way she was involved in the ups and downs of her fabulously wealthy family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harriett Fair Oaks, CA, United States 03-12-14
    Harriett Fair Oaks, CA, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Needs to enrich vocabulary"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Danielle Steel does not use words well. She uses the same old expressions in every book, usually over and over. Example: "It meant the world to him/her...." Her characterizations are also shallow. She writes in superlatives about character traits and appearances. I know she sells a lot of books, but she could improve her literary skills in my opinion. I read many books a month, and her presentation is weaker than many authors. I will admit that her stories can be very interesting, in spite of these distractions.


    If you’ve listened to books by Danielle Steel before, how does this one compare?

    Fine


    Do you think The Sins of the Mother needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


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    Liarne Erina, Australia 11-07-13
    Liarne Erina, Australia 11-07-13
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    "Good book"
    Would you listen to The Sins of the Mother again? Why?

    No I find Danielle Steel is a bit predictable these days and everyone in her story is perfect


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Love the way the mum was the worker and found the children at times dull


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She reads well. Enjoyed her a lot


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The new way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Mather San Francisco 09-24-13
    Susan Mather San Francisco 09-24-13 Member Since 2015

    Good books and peaceful days...

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    "Not the best outta D.Steele . . ."

    This story and narration, together, boggle the mind. Yet having heard it right out of an unexpected gallbladder surgery, it'd be an equally perfect (read, 'perfectly insipid' - and, yes, sometimes 'insipid choices are 'perfect' for the right circumstance) - oh darn, I've just moved above my own ability to think right now. Just don't buy it unless you're trying to find the right book to tear apart in one of your beginning creative writing courses. "What is this book missing? Or after so manner better books, why would Steele even bother (money . . ., to get over a back relationship, who knows, who cares).

    But if you're over 15 or intelligent or if you like to learn something while you're reading, please don't shed your shekels on this young girl's fantasy-come-true (which doesn't even emerge until, well, near the bitter end, I believe) . . .

    In short, spare your money. Instead get, 'The Cottage', if you're wanting a story showing growth (I guess you could call it 'growth') - a much better D. Steele. Or, if you haven't yet read 'The Walking Series' books, by Richard Patrick Evans, give it a go. Talk about having an author touch your heart (altho he skimps out a bit around book 4 or so, with the shorter books. (Note: Just make sure you start from Book 1 - read some 'reviews' to find out.)
    Or my fave, by Evans, 'A Winters Dream' narrated by the incomparable Fred Berman.

    That's it.

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    Rosie BEACH PARK, IL, United States 07-02-13
    Rosie BEACH PARK, IL, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Made me smile"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Great read! Amazing job detailing and bringing all the characters to life. Realistic storyline and all around feel good book. Would enjoy reading more into each characters life after the book. Well done!


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    Nicole surprise, AZ, United States 05-13-13
    Nicole surprise, AZ, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A bit of brain candy"

    Not much into Danielle Steel but this one was a decent listen. The setting was enjoyable.

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