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Sins of the Mother: A Novel

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From the poverty of post-war England and Ireland to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's golden age, a beautiful, sweeping family drama that illustrates that the bonds between a mother and daughter can never be broken.

An unwanted child: San Francisco, 1958. On a dark December night, a baby girl is left at the Sisters of Charity Orphanage on Telegraph Hill.

A mysterious suic
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Babete
Um bom romance histórico que me conquistou desde as primeiras páginas e que muito deve à boa pesquisa de época; penso que está um pouco exagerado na sucessão de desgraças que acontecem a uma das personagens principais, pareceu-me excessivo! O final foi um pouco rápido, mas o livro no seu todo vale sem dúvida a pena!
Book Him Danno
: I really enjoyed this book. You take a journey with the main character from when she is teenager until her death. You see the mistakes she makes along the way as well as the triumphs and loves in her life. Fanny is someone you can love and yet hate and think ‘Why’ all at the same time. Her life is difficult and exciting, I love that reading allows the reader to experience so many more lifetimes then we will ever have.

Cara, Fanny’s daughter, is a tough character with a love for life despite wh
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Christy B
Sins of the Mother is a story of a mother and a daughter, spanning three decades and two continents.

In 1946, sixteen year old Franny Healy finds herself pregnant and ditched by her boyfriend in Country Cork, Ireland. She had no intention of being married off to a local boy, which is what her mother plans to do to her, so in the middle of the night, Franny sneaks out and heads to London. After finding a place to stay, and having her daughter Cara, Franny makes strides to accomplish her dream of
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Krystal

Could you abandon your own child? This novel's central theme appears to be abandonment, love, and understanding. The author delivers on all fronts. She manages to stay fairly neutral in this novel-not an easy task in a novel where judgement is easy to dole out.

The main character of the first part, Franny, is likable at first. She appears as an eager child looking forward to the rest of her future. However, a turn of events involving a pregnancy and the father taking off leaves her far more cyni
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Sónia
Quis ler este livro pela sinopse, que achei interessante. Se fosse pelo título ou pela capa talvez nunca lhe tivesse pegado. E seria um erro enorme!

Esta é uma daquelas sagas familiares, um género que me é grato, que tem o condão de não dar vontade de parar de ler. Se, nalguns casos, esse tipo de leitura se nos pode afigurar algo fútil, pela forma como o tema é desenvolvido, aqui nada disso acontece. Aqui temos uma escrita super cativante, com personagens muito bem construídas. Já para não falar
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Liliana Pinto
Este é o primeiro livro que leio de Tara Hyland. Conheço o outro título "Filhas da Fortuna", mas nunca tive oportunidade de o adquirir. Depois de ler este livro não posso deixar passar mais tempo.

"O Peso da Fama" alia uma capa lindíssima com uma narrativa de fazer derreter até o coração mais duro.
Este é um livro muito difícil de opinar porque fala da separação de uma mãe e de uma filha. Mesmo que tenha sido pelo "bem maior", é complicado compreender o que leva uma mãe a abandonar a filha e a nu
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
What a fantastic read. A little historical wrapped around a wonderful story with women at the core. I fell in love with the story from the beginning and even with it being a chunkster, I couldn't put it down and finished it in two and a half days.

With a glimpse at the very beginning that would weave nicely into the ending - this book was nothing like the books I have been reading recently - it had heart, turmoil, twists and turns. I fell in love with Franny from the beginning and just wanted to
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Janet
I really enjoyed this book. Franny and Cara were both interesting characters. I enjoyed to twists and turns the plot took. I couldn't put this book down. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Margie
I am not a big fan of historical books, but this one felt like it could have been set in any period of time. I really enjoyed this book. I might have given it four and a half stars if i could.
Helen
Excellent! Can't wait for tara hyland to write another excellent read! Also everyone must read daughters of fortune. Excellent also!
Vanessa Montês
ADOREI! Especialmente a parte de Cara *.*
Keksisbaby
Aufgewachsen in der ländlichen Idylle von Cork in Irland, will die 17 jährige Franny Healy nur eines, raus aus der dörflichen Enge und ein Weltstar werden. Zunächst hält sie den attraktiven Erntehelfer, für ihre Fahrkarte in die weite Welt, doch der lässt sie ganz schnell sitzen, als er erfährt, dass sie schwanger ist. Sie schlägt sich allein bis nach London durch, wo sie sich und ihr Kind mit Putzen über Wasser hält, aber sie weiß sie ist zu höherem berufen und sie soll tatsächlich ihre Chance ...more
Wendy Hines
Sins of the Mother spans a few generations and is a family saga that will entrance you. Frances "Franny" grows up in a small farming village in Ireland but she dreams of being a movie star. She feels she deserves more than marrying a local farmer and raising a gassle of kids. When her father hires someone to help them out, Franny is besotted with him. But when she ends up in the family way, he runs off and she doesn't want to stay and marry that man down the road. She takes off in the middle of ...more
Laurie Carlson
“Sins of the Mother” by Tara Hyland

This Historical Fiction, epic family drama takes place during the “Golden Age” of Hollywood. This is one of the most glamorous times in all of Hollywood’s history, full of rich characters who are aspiring actors and actresses, full of the big names from the 1950’s glamorous big stars.
This epic family drama was very good and intriguing. I have not read a great family generational book like this in a long time, and after reading this book, I will be looking for m
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Ana Luisa
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Foi no ano de 2011 que Tara Hyland fez a sua entrada triunfal no mercado literário português e desde esse momento que esperava ansiosamente por mais um lançamento de mais uma obra da autora. A autora, apesar de não ter muitos livros lançados consegue rivalizar com outros autores consagrados no mundo dos livros.

Este é um livro que trata diversos assuntos, mas que tem como foco principal as relações familiares, dando extrema importância ao amor entre mãe e f
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Tara Chevrestt
A very dramatic book, (spanning the 50s and 60s mostly) something you immerse yourself in not to learn anything or walk away enlightened, but to just get lost in a very long soap opera, centered around a very selfish, vain woman: the mother.


Franny wants to leave the farm in Ireland more than anything. She wants to be somebody, not be like her mother. But a tumble in the hay gets her in the family way and life just goes...not the way she wanted it to. When she gets a shot at Hollywood, she leaves
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Idris
I loved this book for the simple reason that it wasn't what I was expecting. It was more. The story, that for a moment I thought it would be simple and perhaps somewhat tedious, talking only about disputes and problems between mother and daughter, turned out to be a story full of drama, love, relationships with no future, injustice, mystery and incredible twists.

The story is more than credible. Tara Hyland does a magnificent job creating those characters and developing their story, so I'm not s
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B. Hale
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Nicole
I was intrigued by this book when a friend borrowed it and knew I wanted to read it.

This one is set around the aftermath of World War 2 and the golden age of Hollywood. It tells the story of Frances "Franny" and her daughter, Cara. They go through long journeys of hardships and happiness.

The setting was really cool. I love reading about the irish country side and their way of life. This book is written in an utterly realistic way. The harshness is not skipped as well. It is shown in full yet the
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Nathalie
I was lucky enough to win this through a Twitter competition a little while ago, and I was so excited! Having loved Tara Hyland's debut book 'Daughters of Fortune' I was very eager to read this next book.
I definitely wasn't disappointed. This is another fab book from Tara!
The book spans quite a few years, and yet it is never set in the modern day. This doesn't matter though, I was completely drawn into the story, and the characters. I loved the descriptions of Hollywood in the 50s, I really fel
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Katie
Although this wasn’t a YA book, I really enjoyed reading it. It’s told of the perspectives of Franny and later on her daughter Cara. I liked reading out of Cara’s perspective more, because I later on found Franny a bit snotty. But Cara really experienced many things, which were mostly uncomfortable for her, but she was a good girl at heart. I liked the prologue, which was great and the continuation of it was only revealed at the end of the book, so it was suspenseful until the end. Cara was real ...more
Chloe
From the poverty of post-war England and Ireland to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s golden age, a beautiful, sweeping family drama that illustrates that the bonds between a mother and daughter can never be broken. An unwanted child: San Francisco, 1958. On a dark December night, a baby girl is left at the Sisters of Charity Orphanage on Telegraph Hill. A mysterious suicide: One year later, movie star Frances Fitzgerald takes her own life. Her husband, wealthy businessman Maximilian Stanhop ...more
Victoria
Wow - I just loved this rather epic family drama! Hyland really did a wonderful job! The novel spanned decades in under 500 pages, but maintained a surprisingly fast pace while also not leaving too much disappointment at the years glossed over. And the characters - even when making bad decisions - remained not only sympathetic, but downright likable! The plot took some surprising turns, too - making the book difficult to put down. It really evoked a large emotional response, too - from out loud ...more
April
Franny Healey is an Irish farm girl with big dreams and an even bigger secret. Abandoned in her time of need by the man she thought loved her, she chooses to run away than be forced into a marriage of convenience.
Sins of the Mother is the tale of a family of women and the choices they make, the consequences that come for themselves and the ones who love them. One thing is for sure – no woman is an island.
Sins of the Mother is not my typical read. I was drawn to it by the title more than anythi
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Tifferz
Okay guys I am now a fan of Tara Hyland. Man this woman can tell a story that keeps you on your toes. The story and characters are well developed and strong. I was hooked in the first few chapters. I did not want to put this book down. I was surprised at the unexpected twist and turns and was never expecting this book to end how it did. Sins Of The Mother contains abandonment, crime, abuse, love, romance, some bitterness and much more. This book does contain a few detailed sex scenes. You can ea ...more
Denise
Oct 31, 2014 Denise rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Lesley Pearse
Tara Hyland has written another fabulous saga of a book, Fallen Angels is a gripping story full of mystery, emotional turmoil and suspense.
Set in the 1950/60's and featuring the Golden Age of Hollywood, I was entertained and captivated by the story from the very beginning, right until the final page. All the characters are well developed especially Franny and I really did not want this story to end. There are a few surprises and twists and turns in store too.
Tara's writing style reminds me of m
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Cat
Having read (and thoroughly enjoyed) Daughters of Fortune I really expected to like this book, but i just wasn't feeling it. The plot is tired, poor girl meets boy, has baby, gives baby up for better life, has glittering career but theres a mysterious 'mystery' surrounding the family that isn't really a mystery at all because its something idiotic. I don't know it was just so tired and so 'been there done that'. Yawn. I put it in the jumble. Thoroughly unforgettable. I think if i had read this f ...more
Pam
This was a whopper of a story - NOT an easy breezy story of a mother and daughter's relationship! This novel was long, and had A LOT going on over a time period from the 1940s to the 1970s; from Ireland to England to Hollywood, CA. The first half of the novel centered around the mother. I was so frustrated with the literal "sins" of the mother - I kept asking myself, What kind of a nice normal person would do this to their child? The second half of the story centered more on the daughter's life. ...more
Marie
Some parts were hard to get into but overall a really great book with a very surprising twist ending!
Zoe
First Tara Hyland book I've read and I have to say I had a sense of dejavu throughout the first half of reading this book. Excellently written and well-paced but it didn't feel particularly original. However, the twist was worth the wait and despite accurately second-guessing the rest of the plot I have to say I did not get the twist at the end so I really enjoyed that - clever! Would definitely give another Hyland book a bash.
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I was born in Surrey, England, in July 1976. My writing career kicked off at the age of thirteen, when I won an award in the WHSmith Young Writer Competition. As well as netting me a cheque for £40, my short story on vengeful ghosts and reincarnation was published in an anthology along with the works of thirty other major prizewinners - one of which included future Hollywood actress Kate Beckinsal ...more
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