Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Review: The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel

On the jacket:

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.


The Sins of the Mother is yet another classic Danielle Steel book, based on family drama. It allows the readers to take a journey across the world with the characters in the book, sitting in their cushy comforts of the house. The book speaks about a world of wealth, and the privileged people, who always act honourably and lead perfect lives. 

In The Sins of the Mother, Steel gives a glimpse of how the rich & the famous pay for the kind of lives they lead and in a way, does a small tug on the reader's heart strings. Most of us women can identify with it, as we do make so many sacrifices and balance decisions in every step of our lives. At some places, we can identify with Olivia, not literally, but in the junctions of life she is shown to be stuck in. 

This book is yet another book, for which Steel has been my favourite since long. An unputdownable, straight-read book, I personally enjoyed reading The Sins of the Mother.

My rating: ****/5

[This review is for Random House IndiaThe opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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