The Sins of the Mother - Danielle Steel

The Sins of the Mother

By Danielle Steel

  • Release Date: 2012-10-30
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
The Sins of the Mother book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 489 Ratings)

The Sins of the Mother Danielle Steel Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars


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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Danielle Steel's Winners.

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User reviews about this book

  • Same Ol' Same Ol'

    By  Scarlett
    I applaud Danielle Steel for making a fortune recycling basically the same stories with just a change of venues, names, jobs and interests (but everybody's rich) and looks (but everyone is beautiful). Aside from that the plot line follows her formula: rich, beautiful somebody falls exquisitely in love like never before, some tragedy (death, war, Titanic sinking, fortune loss, affair) then the re-building of that character who by the end of the book is richer, more beautiful and has even managed to love again after they thought it was over. Then, everyone lives happily ever after.
  • Sins of the mother

    By Arlene1919
    As usual, hit it out of the park!
  • The sins of the mother

    By Bino's mama
    Lousy. Don't waste your time or your money. I should have stopped reading after the sample and not paid for the book. Very disappointed!
  • Sins of the Mother

    By Diana824
    Another excellent read!!!!!!
  • Sins of the Mother

    By Sins of the Mother
    Loved this story. It's an easy, feel good read.
  • Sins of the Mother

    By hotstepper33
    This book was excellent. The characters were lifelike and totally held my interest. Couldn't put the book down.
  • The Sins of the Mother

    By Fisher mom
    I loved it! Hate to see it end!
  • Ugh!!

    By Sapple2
    This book was painfully predictable and boring! Save your money and buy something else.
  • Horrible

    By Amthokie
    I only got through the first couple chapters and I am about to give up. She repeats the same phrases over and over in this book. There is absolutely no substance. It is written so poorly and I am very disappointed. Don't buy!!
  • A sleeper

    By Debby McD
    This is the first DS book that I actually couldn't wait for it to end. The story dragged on and on with absolutely nothing interesting to look forward to. The characters were boring, the storyline was dull and the most exciting thing to happen was Alex coming out. What a huge disappointment!

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