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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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    Jan Melbourne, Australia 12-08-12
    Jan Melbourne, Australia 12-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about The Sins of the Mother?

    The story, this is the best Danielle Steel book I have read in years. I rarely purchase her books if the narrater is male. I find a female suits this type of story so much more.I could not put this book down and will read it again.The story is so complete you enjoy every bit I just did not want it to end. It was a pleasure to listen too. I have some of her books with a male narrator but find them a trial it is like listening to a speech sometimes, particularly one male who is really bad. Altho I would like to buy some of these book I do not and will not buy her books again unless we have a female narrator.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Olivia she was so well read but then again Cassandra was amazing with every character.


    If you could rename The Sins of the Mother, what would you call it?

    The name was perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great book my favourite Danielle Steel ever and much better than any of her recent books.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 01-07-13
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia WICHITA, KS, United States 11-16-12
    Cynthia WICHITA, KS, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2010

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    "danielle steel writes another great book!"
    Would you listen to The Sins of the Mother again? Why?

    yes. i thoroughly enjoyed the background of the characters. i could have done with more background on the youngest daughter but life goes on!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    amanda. she was a person i loved to hate!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the two weeks on the lady luck


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    i felt the action of adultery was a little too glorified for my taste. i understand the reasons behind the adultery, but i felt the characters almost made it seem like there was a certain nobility to it, like there was a respectable reason behind it. maybe i was reading it wrong but that's what i got out of it. i heard very little of one of the wife's feelings during the story. (i know of a couple going through hard times over an adulterous relationship and that's why it hit me so hard.)


    Any additional comments?

    i haven't wanted to read a danielle steel book in ages. this story was great and i highly recommend it to one and all!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Spearfish, SD, United States 01-30-13
    Polly Spearfish, SD, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    What disappointed you about The Sins of the Mother?

    It was very boring and predictable.


    What could Danielle Steel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I just shouldn't read Danielle Steel.


    What character would you cut from The Sins of the Mother?

    The rock star boyfriend Danny Hell. Would the baby's name be Ariel Hell?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Nolensville, TN, United States 01-23-13
    Susan Nolensville, TN, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Very enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sins of the Mother the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the story, and the narration was great.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Alex was my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audio books when I run and this one definitely kept my attention. I really enjoyed the story and the great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    addictedtoaudibles CO USA 01-18-13
    addictedtoaudibles CO USA 01-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Blue Mesa Jan

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    "Snoozer & Preachy"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Danielle Steel again?

    No. This was my first Danielle Steel book.


    What didn’t you like about Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

    Slow & uninspired


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a platform for the author to tell us the correct way to handle life's situations - affairs, working mothers, homosexuality, children out of wedlock, breast cancer - and, by the way, having tons of money makes everything o.k. I'm not saying I disagree with the author's viewpoints, I just don't appreciate spending my time being preached at in a thinly veiled attempt at fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LivyJae St.charles, MO, United States 01-09-13
    LivyJae St.charles, MO, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "NO "WOW" factor... blah"
    Would you try another book from Danielle Steel and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Danielle Steel’s story?

    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.


    What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell’s voice?

    Predictable. Boring. Simple.


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

    no. all the pieces fell exactly where you figured they would in the end


    Any additional comments?

    On to the next book...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina Arlingtin, TX, United States 01-01-13
    Katrina Arlingtin, TX, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sins of the Mother to be better than the print version?

    Audio works best for me. I love to read but don't have time. So, I listen while I get my stuff done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loves the main character. She recognizes her short commings while standing by her decisions.


    1 of 1 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 2013
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    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    This book started quite slowly but the story improved on reading further.quite different to other Danielle Steele books I have read. I really enjoyed it .

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