Contemporary Romance

The Sins of the Mother
Author: Danielle Steel
Published By: Delacorte Press
Date Published: October 30th 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 354
Recommended Age: Adults
Read & Reviewed By: Me
Rating: B/ 4

I borrowed the book from the library.

Olivia Grayson, a successful business woman missed out on much of her children’s lives while building her business. Now, at the age of 70 she sees the affect it has had on her their lives, each of them has their own problems. She tries to bring her family back together before she loses them all.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book tremendously. Danielle Steel wrote another winner; it was well written.  I enjoyed reading about the emotional growth of a family and the individuals of that family finding their way back to each other.  The thing that bothered me was the certain relationship between the matriarch of the family and someone else.  I saw it coming a mile away.  To me, it seemed typical of Steel’s characters, but others may find it was bound to happen with the characters’ situation.

I gave this book four stars and a grade of B, because although I enjoyed the book I found some parts typical of Steel and I was never taken by surprised.  If you are a fan of Danielle Steel, I recommend reading her latest The Sins of the Mother.

Language: Some swear words
Adult Content: Some Sexual Content, Drugs/alcohol use, Adult Subject Matter, Heavy topics
Violence: None


Forever After
Author: Catherine Anderson
Published By: Avon
Date Published: April 1, 1998
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 419
Recommended Age: Adults, Mature Adults
Read & Reviewed By: Me
Rating: 4/B

This book is from my personal collection.

Heath Masters is the county sheriff in eastern Oregon, and when he meets his new neighbor Meredith Kenyon he senses she running from something and is lying about her past. He suspects that she may be running from an abusive husband.

About to lose her daughter in a child custody case, Meredith transformed from a city widow to a small town single mom.  She’s trying to run from her abusive late husband’s manipulative father.

My Thoughts:
I never read anything by Catherine Anderson, but when I read the synopsis on the back of this book it sounded like it would be intriguing, and it sure was. I was up until two in the morning last night reading this book. I was not able to put it down until I finished it.

Catherine Anderson weaved a story not only of romance but a tale of Domestic Violence, giving us a glimpse of what battered women deal with and the things they do to survive. I really admired the character of Meredith and how she fought to not be a victim anymore, but to be a survivor. As she finally tells Heath her story, the reader is able to see what a strong woman Meredith truly is.

I gave Forever After four stars and a grade of B because it resembled what life is like for most women, and as I got into the heart of the book I could not put it down. I believe Anderson did a fantastic job on this book.  If you already like Catherine Anderson books, or if you are looking for a book about a woman who overcomes such adversities to become a stronger person then I recommend Forever After by Catherine Anderson.

Language: A lot of swear words.
Adult Content: Sex scenes, Adult Subject Matter, Heavy topics
Violence: gun fights, domestic violence, child abuse, murder


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