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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 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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The Sins of the Mother
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October 31st, 2014
Perhaps it's just the American thingy. Sleeping around is fine. Being gay is encouraged. You can have a baby together without getting married. Oh well, that's their culture, I suppose.
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February 1st, 2014
As always an easy read. Not a barn burner but about family relationships.
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January 22nd, 2014
about the dynamics existing in a family, about a working mother and her children s relationship with her and how she tries to make amends. even though the characters are wealthy beyond belief i was still able to empathize and relate to them. great characterisation, one of her better books
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The sins of the mother
November 24th, 2013
Heart warming as always with steel's novels.
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The Sins of the Mother
November 5th, 2013
Awesome story loved it.
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Sins of the mother
March 25th, 2013
Loved this book really made me reflect back on a lot of my own life choices
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Easy reading
March 7th, 2013
I always enjoy Danielle Steele, though her books never really change much. No surprise, I liked this one too. Easy and entertaining read.
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She' the best
December 18th, 2012
Nice story, enjoyed reading it.
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