Sins of the Father [NOOK Book]

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God asked the biblical Abraham to sacrifice his son. But Abraham Martin's only god is money.

Successful media mogul Abraham Martin has great wealth, an elegant wife, Saralyn, and a rebellious son, Isaac. He also has a secret: a second family that no one knows about. Now, after thirty years—driven by the urging of his long dormant conscience—Abraham is determined to do the right thing by finally bringing his illegitimate children into the ...

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Overview

God asked the biblical Abraham to sacrifice his son. But Abraham Martin's only god is money.

Successful media mogul Abraham Martin has great wealth, an elegant wife, Saralyn, and a rebellious son, Isaac. He also has a secret: a second family that no one knows about. Now, after thirty years—driven by the urging of his long dormant conscience—Abraham is determined to do the right thing by finally bringing his illegitimate children into the light...and into the family fold.

But beautiful, manipulative Saralyn will never accept the proof of her husband's indiscretions. Isaac, the heir, shaken by his father's revelations, will fight mercilessly when his world is threatened, and may lose everything that matters as a result. And while Abraham's forgotten daughter, Deborah, is open to the undreamed-of possibilities suddenly awaiting her, his son, Michael, cannot forgive the man who cruelly abandoned them to near poverty. And he's driven by only one desire: revenge!

Angela Benson's Sins of the Father is a powerful story of a house bitterly divided—a rich, multilayered family saga of betrayal and redemption, rage and compassion, faith, forgiveness, and ultimately, of love.

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Editorial Reviews

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“[Benson’s] themes will resound with many readers and her portrayal of a newly reformed, albeit occasionally backsliding, sinner is masterful.”
Victoria Christopher Murray
“A wonderful twist on a story that’s as old as the ages—conflict and competition between siblings—with scandal and suspense added to the mix. An entertaining, enjoyable novel that deserves to be on every bestseller’s list.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061902543
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 25,535
  • File size: 516 KB

Meet the Author

Angela Benson is a graduate of Spelman College and the author of thirteen novels, including the Christy Award–nominated Awakening Mercy, the Essence bestseller The Amen Sisters, Up Pops the Devil, and Sins of the Father. She is an associate professor at the University of Alabama and lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

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    There is no need to get this free friday book noe thanks to harriet klausner and her cadre of plot spoiling reviewers. They ruined the book. Come on ppl. Dont go to all the trouble of downliading it, just read the plot spoilers. They tell you the entire story. Bn, when will you ever do anything to put a stop to harriet klausner and her posse of plot spoilers? They ruin books. And before some smart aleck says dont read them...i dont, but when you have to scroll past yards and yards of posts, its inevitable that you see something that spoils the story. Besides it is a term of service violation.

    63 out of 141 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    Stop reading the detailed reviews. When you post a negative comm

    Stop reading the detailed reviews. When you post a negative comment & give the author a low rating, it harms the books image. I'm not saying that I agree with people that posts spoilers; however, you're no better for what you do. I purposely do not read those excessively long reviews before I purchase & read a book because I know that they have spoilers. Why not consider doing that.

    32 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    Angela Benson has done it again!

    This was a wonderful story to me. The characters reminds you of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar in the Bible as far as their children birth rights. Angela did a great job with all the characters. The plot was excellent. I believe this is a good book club read.

    30 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Anonymous

    I have no need to read the book now. The reviews are so detailed.

    28 out of 92 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Anonymous

    People shouldn't give an author and the novel only one star just because they are mad at the reviewers. If you didn't read the book don't rate it. This only hurts the author and the book. It does nothing to the reviewer.

    27 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Highly recommend!!!

    Excellent read. You will enjoy this one.

    23 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Just DON'T READ the plot spoiler reviews.

    Just DON'T READ the plot spoiler reviews.

    22 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Interesting...

    Few typo errors, but overall pretty good...

    19 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    Must read!

    Shows how we should let go of the past and take a change on those who have hurt us in our past.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    5 stars to offset the idiots who gave it one star because they d

    5 stars to offset the idiots who gave it one star because they don't like someone's REVIEW of the book. C'mon people! Giving a bad rating to the BOOK because you didn't like a REVIEW is sooooooo unfair to the author!!

    14 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

    What We Deserve

    When Angela Benson put on her blog the cover of Sins of the Father, and asked her readers to guess what the book is about based on the cover and the title, I obviously had no clue. My guess was of a child paying for coming in contact with the things her father did before and having to deal with it in order to overcome an issue of her own. I was partially right, but mostly wrong. It does not matter because I truly enjoyed the book anyway.

    I remember hearing a saying that parents should watch what they say or do because their children or future grandchildren would be the ones to pay for their mistakes. In Sins of the Father, everyone involved paid for the mistakes made by Abraham Martin, the father, thirty years before. Abraham had three children, but he openly acknowledged only the son he had with his wife, Saralyn. When Abraham tries to make things right, and bring together Michael and Deborah, the children he ignored, with Isaac, the son he raised proudly, he gets more than what he hoped for. Would any of his children ever forgive him for his past mistakes? Can they come together as one big dysfunctional family? Or will he lose all he had and ever wanted?

    Benson developed characters that I could easily see myself coming in contact with on a daily basis. I could envision myself as Isaac (yes, I know he is a male and I am not). He reminds me of myself and how I think. The emotions of all the characters are believable. I will admit I did not like the way the book ended, but I understand it. Benson's ending was more realistic and a better one unlike my fairytale dream of an ending. I know Benson writes in the Christian-fiction genre, but Sins of the Father did not read like a Christian-fiction book. It read more like contemporary fiction with a hint of religion. There was no over abundance of preaching that tends to bore some readers. With the good plot and the well-developed characters, I recommend Sins of the Father to readers who enjoy contemporary and Christian fiction.

    Jennifer Coissiere
    APOOO BookClub

    14 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    As a rule of thumb, I do not read reviews if there is more than

    As a rule of thumb, I do not read reviews if there is more than a few sentences. 3 or more paragraphs is a dead give away.. Thank you B & N for this freeby!

    12 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Ignore all book reviews here so u don't run into Harriet and her

    Ignore all book reviews here so u don't run into Harriet and her idiot friends who are so inconsiderate. Go to Amazon or Alibris and see what the book is rated there. Sins of the Father is rated 4.4 out of 5 on amazon. B&N ought to get the heads out of the dark and block people like harriet. I find what she does about the most selfish act I've seen online. Get rid of her or ignore her.

    11 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

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    You Won't Guess The Middle or End of This Book!

    Sins of the Father

    Sins of the Father by Angela Benson

    Abraham Martin, a very successful businessman, has a lot of 'splaining to do as Ricky Ricardo use to say on the I Love Lucy show. At one point in time, his life was totally out of control. All of his decisions seemed to be for his selfish comfort. This is why there are so many secrets and so much emotional following two families in the novel. Really, I could not see a light at the end of the tunnel for Abraham Martin or any of his family and a friend.

    I suppose this is why "Sins of the Father" by Angela Benson is a fantastic book. At no minute did I feel bored and want to put the book down to pick up another book. I could not put the book down. I read it between cooking, washing clothes, waiting in the car for my husband and in the doctor's office.

    I especially loved the names of the characters in "Sins of the Father." It was impossible not to relate the characters in the book, Leah, Saralynn, Abraham, Isaac, Michael, Rebecca and Deborah to their counterparts in the Bible. At the same time, none of the characters in "Sins of the Father" are exact replicas of the Bible's heroes and heroines. This left room for my imagination to work overtime. It felt like I was piecing together a Biblical jigsaw puzzle or crossword puzzle.

    I also liked all the twists and turns. Events took place in the novel that I never would have expected. In other words, what happens in "Sins of The Father" is totally unpredictable.

    I definitely like the fact that Angela Benson doesn't preach. Each character struggles with some part of their human nature as they try to forgive and forget, prioritize the material vs. the spiritual, going forward in life and beginning again and striving to have unconditional love. I look forward to reading more books by Angela Benson.

    11 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2009

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    Not afraid to answer the tough questions

    She has done it again. Angela deals with hard issues, she doesn't back down from anything! In "Up Pops the Devil" her main character is a man just released from prison after serving 2 years for dealing drugs. In "Sins of the Father" we get to meet Abraham, his wife Saralyn and his son Isaac with his wife Rebecca (sound familiar?). Abraham is a VERY successful media mogul that has a secret... or rather HAD a secret. Oh, yes, he has a second family that he has only just acknowledged. That's right, a son and daughter that are adults now and Abraham decides he needs to make everything right.

    But can you really do that after a lifetime of neglect? And what about the damage to his wife and son? Can Abraham pull them all together and restore everyone to their rightful places? And what about when something happens to Abraham? What does it take to really forgive?

    I said that Angela isn't afraid to ask the tough questions, and she's not. She's also not afraid to answer them. I love Angela's style and her substance. I will read any book that she writes, I am impressed!

    10 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Great book!!!!!

    I just started reading this book, and am already on chapter 17. I just can't put it down. It's such a great book. It's really well written.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

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    What Would You Do

    In the drama-filled book, Sins of the Father, by Angela Benson, the reader will be engrossed in reading what happens, once Abraham Martin decides to "publically" acknowledge his children by a former girl friend 30 years after he walked out of their lives to marry Saralyn to help advance his business ambitions.

    This change-of-heart came about after finding a soul-awaking letter from his deceased mother urging him to do the right thing and form a relationship with daughter, Deborah, and son, Michael, before it is too late. Since business and financial success is all that he knows, Abraham decides to make amends the only way he knows, to give Deborah and Michael ownership in his company. As a man used to making decisions, Abraham puts his plan into action, but a health crisis has him wondering if he waited too late to make amends.

    In the meantime, each of the characters will have to decide what Abraham's decision means to them. Daughter, Deborah who readily accepts her father and his offer to run one of his business units, wonders if her happiness will now cost her relationship with brother Michael. Michael now wonders how this plan will affect his plans for revenge to financially ruin his father. Their mother, Leah, wonders if she is worthy of the love of the new man in her life and can she move on from the abandonment she suffered for so many years. Wife, Saralyn wonders if all of her sacrifices over the years were for nothing and Isaac, the heir now has a personal crisis that he wonders if it is worth resolving.

    I enjoyed this story as there was always more than met the eye and it kept me turning the pages as I wondered how this family was to resolve their issues of betrayal, rage and love for each other and to themselves. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy stories with themes of redemption, forgiveness and love within a family.

    Reviewed By Beverly
    APOOO BookClub
    July 12, 2009

    9 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    Sooo, JUST from reading the reviews, I have read that the main c

    Sooo, JUST from reading the reviews, I have read that the main character was a dishonorable man who now has loads of money. He listens to his dying mother and tries to make amends many years later, and in so doing, causes even MORE strife and agony. One reviewer said there was not a happy ending, and another gave the entire plot away. So thanks a bunch for spoiling it for everyone. It's getting to the point that I don't want to buy books from B&N anymore because the reviewers can't keep their mouths shut. Would you stand in a book store and tell people, "Oh hey, THAT'S a good book, the fatehr dies in the end, you won't believe it!"??? No! You wouldn't. SO STOP DOING IT HERE!!!

    8 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

    All My Children

    When Abraham Martin publicly acknowledged his two children, Michael and Deborah, after ignoring them for 30 years, he expected them to easily acclimate into his world. He offered them access to his multimillion dollar business empire, a gesture that could be a serious mistake. While Deborah, who always appeared to be searching for a father figure, accepted Abraham's gesture, Michael could not put aside his anger and vowed to destroy Abraham. In Angela Benson's newest novel, Sins of the Father, Abraham's revelation and the subsequent consequences makes for a drama-filled read with many twists and turns.

    Abraham knew his wife, Saralyn, would not be accepting of his "other" family, but he did not anticipate the lengths she would go to protect her son's, position as the first born son. Her animosity towards Michael, Deborah and Leah only added fuel to the raging fire between the families. Then, a medical crisis caused all the family members to look within themselves and decide if they actually liked what they saw. Can or will they put aside their differences and help save the life of a loved one?

    I have always thought of Angela Benson as a Christian-fiction author. In this novel, she steps back and offers a more contemporary, drama-filled novel. I was interested in the plot, and kept turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next, however, I just could not muster up any empathy for the characters. Sins of the Father is a good read for those who enjoy family sagas with a lot of drama. I would recommend this novel for your summertime reading list.

    Jeanette
    APOOO BookClub
    Motown Review Book Club

    8 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Great Read

    Really enjoyed this book. The characters were complex are realistic. No one was perfect and I enjoyed that. Great story about family dynamics, forgiveness and letting go of the past.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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