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Sabrina Stone: elegant society wife, loving mother of a serverely disabled child, tragic portrait of a woman in pain. There are the impressions she conjures for investigator Derek McGill in their first meeting on the rooftop terrace of her Manhattan home. As for Sabrina, it is in their introduction that she senses a deep caring in this man. Sabrina next meets Derek in a maximum security prison--after he is convicted of murder. When curiosity and proximity bid her visit, she finds a hardened man, yet one who ...
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Overview

Sabrina Stone: elegant society wife, loving mother of a serverely disabled child, tragic portrait of a woman in pain. There are the impressions she conjures for investigator Derek McGill in their first meeting on the rooftop terrace of her Manhattan home. As for Sabrina, it is in their introduction that she senses a deep caring in this man. Sabrina next meets Derek in a maximum security prison--after he is convicted of murder. When curiosity and proximity bid her visit, she finds a hardened man, yet one who retains a germ of caring for her and her son. Sustained by that, Sabrina must make decisions that no wife or mother should ever have to make...and begin to fight for a wronged man's revenge.
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Library Journal
Commitments was written during Delinsky's transition period as she moved from straight romance to the broader arena of women's fiction. As such, the story has a strong romance at its core but attempts to deal with other issues as well. Sabrina Stone's son was born severely brain damaged, for example. Investigative reporter Derek McGill was wrongly convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison in a plot masterminded by a very powerful enemy. The work cascades from human interest to self-discovery to romance cum mystery, passable plots all, but in the end it is too confusing and ultimately unsatisfying. Joyce Bean's narrative contribution makes the tale bearable; she moves easily among the characters and adds emotional depth and tension to the dialog, but she cannot overcome the novel's flaws. Only hardcore Delinsky fans will really enjoy this. Libraries are better off purchasing her more recently copyrighted works.DJodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Cincinnati Enquirer
"Delinsky writes about the emotional crises of everyday people and how those trials shape relationships."
Providence Journal
"Delinsky uses nuance and detail to draw realistic characters and ensure that emotion is genuine."
The RomanceReader.com on Commitments
"A good old-fashioned Delinsky love story."
Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine on Commitments
"Ms. Delinsky tells a deeply moving and emotional tale that will touch the readers on many levels. Her characters will work their way into your heart."
From the Publisher
"Ms. Delinsky tells a deeply moving and emotional tale that will touch the readers on many levels. Her characters will work their way into your heart."—Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine on Commitments

"A good old-fashioned Delinsky love story."—The RomanceReader.com on Commitments

"An excellent storyteller."—Publishers Weekly

"Delinsky writes about the emotional crises of everyday people and how those trials shape relationships."—Cincinnati Enquirer

"Delinsky uses nuance and detail to draw realistic characters and ensure that emotion is genuine."—Providence Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593350512
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 6/10/2004
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Delinsky
Barbara Delinsky has more than twenty million copies of her books in print, in twenty-five different languages. Her novels regularly appear on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly, making her one of America's best known, and beloved, authors. Readers can write to her at P.O. Box 812894, Wellesley, MA 02482-0026.

Biography

Born Ruth Greenberg, and raised in suburban Boston, Barbara Delinsky worked as a sociology researcher in children's services and was a newspaper photographer and reporter before turning to fiction writing full-time. In point of fact, she never intended to pursue a literary career. But, in the early 1980s, a newspaper article profiling three women who successfully balanced home, family, and romance writing caught her attention. Intrigued, she spent months researching and writing her first novel. It sold -- and Delinsky was off and running.

Praised by critics and fans alike for her character driven studies of marriage, parenthood, and friendship, Delinsky is one of a small cadre of successful women writers (including Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown) who started out writing pseudonymous paperbacks for the category romance genre and muscled their way onto the bestseller lists with hardcover escapist fiction. Yet she is candid about the hard work involved and insists there's no tried-and-true formula that converts automatically to easy money. As if to prove her own point, Delinsky works from eight in the morning to about seven at night, writing in the office above the garage in her Newton, Massachusetts home; doing research; handling interviews; or -- her least favorite part of the job -- touring the country making author appearances.

Over the decades Delinsky has written dozens of novels that have landed on The New York Times bestseller list, including Twilight Whispers (1988), For My Daughters (1994), Three Wishes (1997), Flirting with Pete (2003), and Family Tree (2007). In 2001, she published her first nonfiction title, Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. A cancer survivor herself, she has earmarked all the profits from the sale of this book to benefit breast cancer research.

Good To Know

When she isn't writing, one of Delinsky's favorite pastimes is kayaking.

She gets some of her best ideas in the shower. "It's a little harder to write ideas down there," she wrote to fans on her web site, "but I've been known to yell something out to my husband, who does it for me!"

The family cat, Chelsea, is named after her 1992 novel The Passions of Chelsea Kane.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Billie Douglass, Bonnie Drake; born Ruth Greenberg
    2. Hometown:
      Newton, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Psychology, Tufts University, 1967; M.A. in Sociology, Boston College, 1969

Reading Group Guide

1. The idea of "commitment" recurs often in this novel. How would you define a commitment and what examples are found in the novel? What would you say is your greatest commitment and how has living up to it affected your life?

2. Our first introduction to Sabrina is through Derek's eyes at the beginning of the novel. He is surprised at how serene she looks while standing on the terrace. What stereotypes are his initial assumptions based on? What causes him to change his mind? This meeting between them is brief but leaves impressions on them both. What do we learn about Derek and Sabrina from their visit, and what does each one offer the other?

3. Though a woman of privilege with a seemingly idyllic life, Sabrina is extremely unhappy and lost. When visiting different institutions for Nicky, she stops at the Parkersville prison to visit Derek McGill. Why does she do this? What from their initial and only visit eighteen months prior is she trying to regain? Why do you think Derek reacts the way he does to her presence in the jailhouse?

4. Sabrina comes from a family of fiction writers who seem to live within the fantasy worlds they write about. How did growing up in this environment shape Sabrina? Does she ever allow herself to fantasize, and if so, when and about what in particular? Who else seems to be living a fantasy and is starkly unwilling to face the truth?

5. Despite her struggle to be a good mother, Sabrina finds herself falling short of her ideal. She admits to feelings of failure and sees herself through her husband's eyes as an unfit mother. If you were a mother in Sabrina's situation, how would you face the fact that your child is handicapped? How do you feel about Sabrina's admission to Derek that she had wished Nicky were dead? Do you think Sabrina's decision to send Nicky to an institution was for his own good or more for her sake?

6. Derek overcomes his fear of writing to exchange letters with Sabrina before his release. What reason would the author have to choose this form of communication between these characters? What is shown in their letters that is not reflected in their conversations? Do you think writing is an easier form of communication than speaking face-to-face? Why or why not?

7. After his release from Parkersville, Derek finally tells Sabrina about the night of the murder and the players involved in his conviction. Derek also makes it clear to Sabrina that he wants nothing more than to punish those responsible for taking away two years of his life. How does his strong need for revenge affect Sabrina? Is his hatred warranted?

8. While Derek hunts for the files that will prove his innocence, Sabrina seems distant and ill. What is she wor-ried about? Are her concerns unfounded? What does she discover about herself and the source of her illness?

9. J.B. appears to be concerned about Sabrina's marriage to Derek and decides to move into the barn to keep an eye on them. Why does Derek originally feel threatened by J.B.'s appearance? What is it about Derek that causes Sabrina's family to be concerned? Why do you think her family is able to be realistic now? Is it fair of them to believe that Sabrina is the one living in a fantasy?

10. There are times when Derek and Sabrina struggle to deal with the idea of family. Derek hints at his past and his relationship with his father, while Sabrina shows how her family was eccentric and how she feels she has failed at her only attempt at creating a family. How do Derek and Sabrina come to terms with the idea of family? What does the idea of family represent to each of them, and how are their perceptions reflected in what they expect from each other?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

    not my style

    i love the author of this book. i just didn't agree w/ some of the details of the plot. others may love it.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    Score another touching story

    Once again Barbara Delinsky writes a truly touching romanitic novel. The read cannot help but be touched by the inner struggles of Sabrina, as she cares for her son Nicky. The love she shows him is truly appreciated by the mother in me. While Sabrina and Derek struggle to resolve a wrong that has been done to Derek, their lives face hurdles and problems. This book is another great touching Barbara Delinsky novel.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

    Draggy

    Good story but too drawn out. Could have been told in half the amount of pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2004

    A true romance

    Delinsky's Commitments was a pure joy to read. I was drawn to the powerful romance of Sabrina and Derek and the anguish that Sabrina felt for her son. Not only did the plot intrigued me but the love that bound Sabrina to Derek. Delinsky was able to capture all the emotions that a person can feel when being pushed to the limits: of being loved, of belonging, and of being true to oneself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    Excellent

    This is the first book that I have read by this author. It was fantastic. There was romance, mystery, and I thought you could really feel the love between Sabrina and Derek. I definitely recommend this book and can't wait to read others by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2001

    Awesome, but the ending was a little to quick

    I have read 5 of Barbara Delinsky's work and this book was excellent. Barbara Delinsky writes in such a way that you can see and feel the characters in the story. You can see visually in your minds eye the settings and the emotion. Her books are awesome and I recommend this work. I enjoyed it. If you like a twist of romance and mystery...then Barbara Delinsky is for you. p.s. Some of the passion scenes are HOT!!! This book won't dissapoint you!!

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