The Sins of the Mother: A Novel

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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469297125
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/18/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Sales rank: 1,243,977
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 600 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include The Sins of the Mother, Friends Forever, Betrayal, Hotel Vendôme, Happy Birthday, 44 Charles Street, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death, and the memoir of her work with the homeless, A Gift of Hope.

Biography

When it comes to commanding bestseller lists, no writer can come close to Danielle Steel. Her work has been published in 47 countries, in 28 languages. She has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the author who has spent the most consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. She has not only published novels, but has written non-fiction, a book of poetry, and two series of children's books. Many of her books have been adapted for television movies, one of which (Jewels) was nominated for two Golden Globe awards. She has received the title of Chevalier of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government for her immense body of work. In short, to say that Steel is the single most popular living writer in the world is no overstatement.

Steel published her first novel, Going Home, when she was a mere 26 years old, and the book introduced readers to many of the themes that would dominate her novels for the next 30-odd years. It is an exploration of human relationships told dramatically, a story of the past's thrall on the present. Anyone familiar with Steel's work will recognize these themes as being close to her heart, as are familial issues, which are at the root of her many mega-sellers.

Although Steel has a reputation among critics as being a writer of fluffy, escapist fare, she never shies away from taking on dark subject matter, having addressed illnesses, incest, suicide, divorce, death, the Holocaust, and war in her work. Of course, even when she is handling unsavory topics, she does so entertainingly and with refinement. Her stories may often cross over into the realm of melodrama, but she never fails to spin a compelling yarn told with a skilled ear for dialogue and character, while consistently showing how one can overcome the greatest of tragedies. Ever prolific, she usually produces several books per year, often juggling multiple projects at the same time.

With all of the time and effort Steel puts into her work (she claims to sometimes spend as much as 20 hours a day at her keyboard), it is amazing that she still has time for a personal life. However, as one might assume from her work, family is still incredibly important to her, and she maintains a fairly private personal life. Fortunately for her millions of fans, she continues to devote more than a small piece of that life to them.

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Along with her famed adult novels, Steel has also written two series of books for kids with the purpose of helping them through difficult situations, such as dealing with a new stepfather and coping with the death of a grandparent.

When Steel isn't working on her latest bestseller or spending time with her beloved family, she is devoting her time to one of several philanthropic projects to benefit the mentally ill, the homeless, and abused children.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Francisco, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 14, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    total crap

    Sure its a good book although after buying come to find out it is not available for the nook yet. Buyer beware unless u have an extra 15.00 to buy something you cant access. Very pissed off and disappointes customer BAARNES AND NOBLE OR WHOMEVER RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS!!!!!!

    24 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    I do enjoy Ms. Steel's books however I find she repeats some thi

    I do enjoy Ms. Steel's books however I find she repeats some things quite often. Otherwise I enjoy her stories.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Good

    I love the book & u can get it on your nook,,,,,,,,,

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Used to love danielle steele but...

    Her books are all the same now. I predicted every single event in this book. After reading almost all of ds's books, i can see the samd topics, descriptions, even characters in all her latest novels.....simply boring.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Great Read

    great read,love the characters, Danielle never dissapoints

    mlg

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Horrible

    Wish i could get my money back

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Again Overpriced

    Don't pay this much for an E-book.
    Purchase responsibly.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    A Highly Recommended - Must Read!!

    A very hard book to put down as I will finish it before the evening is over!!
    Another fantastic book written by Danielle Steel!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    One of her best

    We should all have a chance to spend time with the family...
    Very good book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Danielle Steel Has Done It Again

    I found this book to be an easy read and as a mother could associate with some of the sacrifices the mother had to make for her family. The characters all have different personalities, but in the end mesh into a very caring and loving family. If you like Danielle Steel you will find that she has written another very good book.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ROMANTICS LIKE ME

    DANIELLE STEEL HIT ANOTHER HOME RUN. I LOVED THE STORY. I'VE READ 95% OF ALL THE BOOKS WRITTEN BY THIS AUTHOR AND I HAVE NOT BEEN DISAPPOINTED YET. CAN'T WAIT TO READ HER NEXT BOOK.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    I HAVE READ ALMOST ALL OF HER BOOKS BUT FOUND THIS ONE TO BE VER

    I HAVE READ ALMOST ALL OF HER BOOKS BUT FOUND THIS ONE TO BE VERY BORING.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    I couldn't get into the story. It was quite boring. After read

    I couldn't get into the story. It was quite boring. After reading 20% of the book I had to quit. If I am going to spend my precious time reading it has to be worth it.


    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Love Danielle Steel a must read

    never read a book from her I did not Like and this one is no exception.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

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    Have read all of her books usually in one night. Sorry to say th

    Have read all of her books usually in one night. Sorry to say this was a disappointment. Just couldn't get into the characters and there was too much description of them. Pre-ordered it for my Nook so I do not know what the complaint was about the person not getting it on the Nook. This person does need to check their spelling and often.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Easy read

    An enjoyable and easy read with no complicated storylines. I finished it in 2 days.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    Recomended

    I am a Danielle Steel fan. As with all her books, I thoroughly enjoyed The Sins of the Mother. I just wish she could put out books as fast as I read them.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    EXCELLENT READ. I fell in love with these characters. Especial

    EXCELLENT READ. I fell in love with these characters. Especially, Maribelle, loved how she stepped in to help olivia, who was a hard worker. In the end this was a family that stayed together and found happiness.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Very slow

    Save your money. Very slow and hard to get into. I kept waiting for it to get exciting. It didn't.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Excellent book!

    I have read every Danielle Steel novel published, and look forward to each new book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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