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The Sins of the Mother: A Novel

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Written By: Danielle Steel

Narrated By: Cassandra Campbell

Date: October 2012

Duration: 11 hours 58 minutes


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 novel, Olivia faces the past, tries to balance the present and make amends where due, while still running her vastly successful business.

As a way of making up to them for time lost, Olivia spends months each year planning a 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 one 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.


  • Barb H.

    Danielle Steel does not disappoint! Great author and great narrator. Loved it!

  • Babara P

    Easy to listen to. Enjoyed the book . Love the author and the narrator was great.

  • Kimberly L

    Good book. Very nice story and beautiful narration!

  • Jennifer Chervenka

    I've been a fan for many years! I love the way she tells a story. I was a little leary of the narration at first, as her voice is hypnotic, but i am really enjoying it now

  • Stephen Dunn

    My mother has has loved every book I have downloaded for her on her Ipad she is blind and has always loved Daniel Steel she has always been an avid book reader with audiobooks she can listen again it is a miracle !Thanks Audiobooks for making it easy for her to listen to books again!

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