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Praise for Danielle Steel
“Steel is one of the best!”—Los Angeles Times
“Few modern writers convey the pathos of family and material life with such heartfelt empathy.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Steel pulls out all the emotional stops. . . . She delivers!”—Publishers Weekly
“What counts for the reader is the ring of authenticity.”—San Francisco Chronicle
About 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.
I gave it 4-stars which to me is very good. This book kept me engaged and I really liked the characters. Of course, I've been a fan of Danielle Steel since she had her first book published and have read most of them over the years. I have never been disappointed and they would all rate 4-stars. Only two, which remain as my alltime favorites, get my 5-star rating. They are from earlier in Ms. Steel's career and they are Kaleidoscope and Zoya. I re-read them every few years. I look forward to many more books from this fine author.
You fund the love of your knife and lose him at an early age. You build an empire but lose the live and respect of two of yourself children. A grandmother who is a mother to your children and teaches love, compassion, and respect. Greed from a daughter-in-law and then the love of a younger woman, a daughter who finds confidence as a writer, a grandson who comes out. The mother who finds love and all the family comes together. A wonderful novel as always.
I am an avid Danielle Steele reader; I own every novel she has published. "Sins of the Mother" is about Olivia Grayson who is a very ambitious business women and part time Mother, if that. Her children were raised by her Mother and Husband. The story tells how her now adult children feel about all the times she has missed out on and holds her accountable. Oliva's way of trying to make amends is taking them all on a luxury vacation once a year. I can't believe I am saying this about a Danielle Steele novel but...... I did not like this story at all. The first thing that I did not like about it is -the first half of the book was so repetitive that it got to the point that it was irritating. The second half moves along at a steady pace. Maybe it is just me, on my own beliefs of motherhood. As I strongly believe that children need there mothers. Anyway, the story did nothing for me. If anything, it just made me sad. Ms Steele are you trying to tell us what a more "modern" family is in 2013? If that is the case, it is not what I am looking for.
Sadly, The more Danielle Steele I read, the more I am annoyed by her repetition of descriptions, phrase and events. It slows down the reading and makes me wonder if Ms. Steele thinks her readers are slow and have to see things 3 or more times in print to remember what was written on the prior page.
I enjoyed this novel by Danielle Steel and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the author.
Although I have read many of her books and she is high on my list of authors I enjoy reading, I didn't bother sampling the book, just went ahead and purchased it. Had I done so, as I have with all other books purchased through amazon, I probably wouldn't have bought this one.
The main character (Mother) I felt hadn't really committed any major sins except that she was a workaholic and her business was more important to her than being a full time mum to her 4 children. At the end of the day she made up for her sins and the children were not in anyway really affected by her lack of being there, whilst they were growing up. After all they all turned out ok in the long run. Good but I have read Danielle's other books which were really good.
The last time I read a Danielle Steele book was about 30 years ago. It was a decent "beach read," a lot of fluff, but at least there was a plot. The Sins of the Mother was a selection by one of my book clubs. I am usually a good book club member. Before now I have read every book to the end, and even when it was outside of my comfort zone, I could find something worthy of discussion.
I was ready to ditch this book in the first chapter, but I plodded on to 23% on my Kindle. So much repetition and rehashing the issues of each of the children of Olivia Grayson, and not a plot in sight. No particular conflict, no specific protagonist or antagonist. Why bother?
This is not the worst book written by Danielle Steele, neither is it her best. I have mixed feelings.
I was drawn into the story early on, at the same time that I was disgusted by the decadent lifestyle of this family, particularly at a time when there are so many people out of work and those who have lost their homes because of our terrible economy. It also seemed to me that everything came together perfectly at the end and too quickly to be realistic. There are just too many mothers out there who can attest to the fact that it is just not that easy!
This was a light, fluffy, piece of fiction without much substance and nothing to distinguish it from thousands of other novels except that it happened to be written by Danielle Steel. Just Okay!!!
She was a busy woman, worked very hard so her children could have everything. Her husband and mother mostly took care of her four children. She was a bit of an absentee Mom, but was that really a sin? When they grew up and had their own children, and listened to them tell stories of their childhood, stories that didn't include her, I'm sure she was a bit regretful about spending so much time at 'The Factory'. But 'The Factory' gave her children choices to be educated, marry well and live well. It wasn't until after their summer vacation when everything fell into place. I enjoyed the book, but in Danielle Steele's latest books, it seems she tends to repeat herself on various occasions a bit more than necessary.