The Sins of the Mother

The Sins of the Mother

by Danielle Steel
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The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel


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 new novel, Olivia faces the past, tries to balance the present, and makes amends where due, while still running her vastly successful business.
As a way of making up to them for time lost, Olivia spends months every year planning a lavish 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 ones 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385343206
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,021,760
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, 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; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s book Pretty Minnie in Paris.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

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The Sins of the Mother: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do enjoy Ms. Steel's books however I find she repeats some things quite often. Otherwise I enjoy her stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great read,love the characters, Danielle never dissapoints mlg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't pay this much for an E-book. Purchase responsibly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book & u can get it on your nook,,,,,,,,,
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LynDenise More than 1 year ago
A very hard book to put down as I will finish it before the evening is over!! Another fantastic book written by Danielle Steel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We should all have a chance to spend time with the family... Very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
never read a book from her I did not Like and this one is no exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish i could get my money back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable and easy read with no complicated storylines. I finished it in 2 days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Save your money. Very slow and hard to get into. I kept waiting for it to get exciting. It didn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MWM More than 1 year ago
I have read every Danielle Steel novel published, and look forward to each new book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually i cant put down her books but it took reading to about halfway thru this one to get into it. Still a good read but not one of her best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of her best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved the book i couldnt put it down anybody that enjoys danielle steele would love this i have read quite a few of her books
cynthiaellen More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a book that help you face your own mistakesbut specially understand people and forgive them....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creativity is done for her. She has written so many novels; now they're all the same
CSittig More than 1 year ago
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.