For My Daughters

For My Daughters New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky enchants readers with a poignant and unforgettable story of the enduring power of love and the tenacious strength of family first published in

  • Title: For My Daughters
  • Author: Barbara Delinsky
  • ISBN: 9780061092800
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky enchants readers with a poignant and unforgettable story of the enduring power of love and the tenacious strength of family, first published in 1994.Estranged sisters Caroline, Annette, and Leah St Clair have spent their lives trying to escape the legacy of their wealthy, aloof, social climbing mother, Virginia each loNew York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky enchants readers with a poignant and unforgettable story of the enduring power of love and the tenacious strength of family, first published in 1994.Estranged sisters Caroline, Annette, and Leah St Clair have spent their lives trying to escape the legacy of their wealthy, aloof, social climbing mother, Virginia each losing a certain part of herself in the process Now, on the eve of her seventieth birthday, Virginia has asked them all to help her get settled into her magnificent new estate on the rocky coast of Maine, a request each sister reluctantly agrees to, thinking it may be her mother s last.But it is Virginia who has something to give to the daughters she neglected in childhood For amid the glories of a New England summer, three sisters will finally learn the answers to the questions that have troubled them for years and new truths that will stay with them forever.

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    About "Barbara Delinsky"

    1. Barbara Delinsky

      I was born and raised in suburban Boston My mother s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary I took piano lessons and flute lessons I took ballroom dancing lessons I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories , then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive two skills that have served me better than all of my other high school courses combined I earned a B.A in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A in Sociology at Boston College The motivation behind the M.A was sheer greed My husband was just starting law school We needed the money Following graduate school, I worked as a researcher with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald I did the newspaper work after my first son was born Since I was heavily into taking pictures of him, I worked for the paper to support that habit Initially, I wrote only in a secondary capacity, to provide copy for the pictures I took In time, I realized that I was better at writing than photography I used both skills doing volunteer work for hospital groups, and have served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and on the MGH s Women s Cancer Advisory Board I became an actual writer by fluke My twins were four when, by chance, I happened on a newspaper article profiling three female writers Intrigued, I spent three months researching, plotting, and writing my own book and it sold My niche I write about the emotional crises that we face in our lives Readers identify with my characters They know them They are them I m an everyday woman writing about everyday people facing not so everyday challenges My novels are character driven studies of marriage, parenthood, sibling rivalry, and friendship, and I ve been blessed in having readers who buy them eagerly enough to put them on the major bestseller lists One of my latest, Sweet Salt Air, came out in 2013 Blueprints, my second novel with St Martin s Press, became my 22nd New York Times bestselling novel soon after its release in June 2015 Making Up, my work in progress, will be published in 2018.2018 Yikes I didn t think I d live that long I thought I d die of breast cancer back in the 1900 s, like my mom But I didn t I was diagnosed nearly twenty years ago, had surgery and treatment, and here I am, stronger than ever and loving having authored yet another book, this one the non fiction Uplift Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors First published in 2001, Uplift is a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes that I compiled with the help of 350 breast cancer survivors, their families and friends These survivors just blew me away They gave me the book that I wish I d had way back when I was diagnosed There is no medical information here, nothing frightening, simply practical advice from friends who ve had breast cancer The 10th Anniversary Volume of Uplift is now in print And the money I ve made on the book Every cent has gone to my charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital Connect with me on Facebook facebook bdelinsky Look for my photos on Instagram instagram barbaradelinsky

    609 thoughts on “For My Daughters”

    1. I enjoyed this book enough to finish it -- but only just.The story is just fine, and the kind of book I often enjoy to read -- family dynamics, inner secrets not revealed, long-lost loves. But everything is just so loudly telegraphed, and so painfully spelled out -- as though the author doesn't think we'll be able to read the words that well at all, much less between the lines.(It doesn't help that so much of the prose is incredibly overwritten. The very first sentence tells you where this is he [...]


    2. Loved this book! The setting in Maine sounds gorgeous and makes me wish I could live at Star's End. This book came at the perfect time in my life, and was great to read to help my mind escape from reality.


    3. Absolutely the worst Barbara Delinsky novel I've ever read. Three sisters, Annette, Caroline and Leah St. Claire are invited to spend 2 weeks at a palatial Maine estate their 70 year old mother has just refurbished. Despite the fact that none of the three girls likes their mother (Ginny was a cold and distant parent) all three of them show up and spend most of the time dealing with their sisterly issues because Ginny is late to her own reunion.It's very hard to relate to the characters in this b [...]


    4. Described by a review on the cover as a 'beach read', I knew this book wasn't meant to be intellectually stimulating. Still, it was so melodramatic at times, I literally rolled my eyes at certain passages. Unfortunatly, the three sisters who make up a good chunck of the story do not come off as sympathetic, but rather just spoiled. 'Poor little rich girl syndrom.' I believe this could have been avoided if the characters were more deeply developed, but they weren't. There are absolutely NO layers [...]


    5. This was the first book i have read by Barbara Delinsky and I really enjoyed it, so I don't want to include anything that is a spoiler!!Honestly it drew my attention because I am the mother of daughters, but I will definately read more by her.The book is about three daughters and their complicated relationship with their mother, all for slightly different reasons, all of them having grown up to be very different from one another. As the story unfolds you learn of thier childhoods and thier issue [...]


    6. I've read this book again and again and every time I fall in love with Delinsky's characters. This is a great book to get lost in on vacation, curled up near a warm fire in the middle of winter or just lost in your room. You can't help but find something in each of the sister's you identify with or someone in your life who reminds you of them. An easy read, but a good one nonetheless.


    7. In a word I found it "boring" I just never connected to the girls in the story and found it to be so predictable. Many of her books are nothing like real life. Everyone is rich & beautiful. It reminded me of a Danielle Steele book which can be just too sappy.


    8. I would have to rate this book as just average. If you are looking for a quick read, but not something with a lot of substance, this would be a good choice. It seemed to be a bit unbelievable at times and I thought the story also seemed a bit rushedrmally I really enjoy this author, but not so much this time.




    9. Adult children/daughters generally have trouble imagining that their parents and especially their mother had a life before they came into it. The daughters in “For My Daughters” have trouble seeing their mother as anything other than a Philadelphia Main Line Society dame, much less a woman who had a passionate love affair as a young woman married to their father.Three daughters, Caroline, Annette, and Leah each receive a letter from their mother advising that she has sold the family home in [...]


    10. 3 sisters travel to Maine to meet their mother. Learn about mother's affair and love before they were born. Sisters make life decisions. Youngest falls in love. Feel good book about love.


    11. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it as a teen, and, at that time, I appreciated the book because it was simple. Sisters fighting, a mother who acted as if she didn't love them. Now, as an adult, with my own turmoil, I re-read this book and saw it in a whole new light. I appreciate the book a little more now because I can understand the P.O.V of each sister, even the mother. The love and the thought process; even the romantic connection between the significant others. This book has allot of [...]


    12. Another novel completed in my quest to read "all" Delinsky's work.From back cover:"Caroline, Annette, and Leah St. Clair spent their lives trying to escape the legacy of their wealthy, social-climbing mother, Virginia, a woman who had little time, and even less feeling, for her daughters. Though the sisters now consider themselves happy, each has lost a certain part of herself.Then, on the eve of her seventieth birthday, Virginia asks her daughters to help her get settled into her magnificent ne [...]


    13. I read Barbara Delinksky before a long time ago. Coming back to her via For My Daughters was a terrific start.From Chapter 1, my attention was held! I was hooked and had to read more. I find it authentic when siblings are different from one another. I think Barbara set up the plot well, describing each daughter in her own chapter and having her go down memory lane to give you a glimpse of what her relationship was like with her mother. I also found it portrayed realistically each sister's percep [...]


    14. For My Daughters by Barbara DelinskySocialite Virginia St. Clair shows an interest in the gardener, Will Cray as he goes about his work, She's married to Daniel and has a duty to him.As years go by she sends her 3 girls a letter asking them to help her move into her new house in Maine.Attorney Carolyn has just finished up a big case and is free to travel.Annette has 5 children and a loving husband.Lea's life is full and empty.Star's Inn is her mothers and wants to spend time with them.Love the s [...]


    15. One of those books that I picked up when I was looking for a quick and easy read that doesn't require much thinking.Virginia St. Clair sends three letters to her daughters, asking them to help her move into her new house in Maine. Caroline, Annette, and Leah have never been close to her, nor to each other, but all three agree, not knowing that their sisters have been asked to help as well.The three sisters are all very different. Caroline is a high-powered attorney, Annette is a full-time mother [...]


    16. Back cover story:Estranged sisters Caroline, Annette, and Leah St. Clair have spent their lives trying to escape the legacy of their wealthy, aloof, social-climbing mother, Virginia -- each losing a certain part of herself in the process. Now, on the eve of her seventieth birthday, Virginia has asked them all to help her get settled into her magnificent new estate on the rocky coast of Maine, a request each sister reluctantly agrees to, thinking it may be her mother's last.But it is Virginia who [...]


    17. This is a wonderful story! It has it's bumps and bruises of course, and is a bit dated (one might wonder how and if Leah would be a Real Housewife of DC) but a lovely sweeping romance with a twist.Time to face the music. Virginia chose duty over love. Will her daughters do the same or are they reflecting her choices? And are they "stuck" with those choices, or will opening to love soften the black-and-white into shades of grey?And its a book of place. I still think the best character is Star's E [...]


    18. Three estranged sisters have spent their lives trying to escape the legacy of their wealthy, aloof, social-climbing mother. As their mother approaches her 70th birthday, she asks them to help her settle into a new estate on the Maine coast, which each sister reluctantly agrees to, thinking each will be there alone with their mother. What follows is a wonderful love story, past and present, and forgiveness. A really good read, which includes such wonderful descriptions of the Maine coast it makes [...]


    19. I loved this book! I loved all the sisters and their lives and how the Mother gave them the one thing they always wanted, her love. It was sad when her mother died that they didn't have any time with her, but at least she told them of her love and lose and that she always loved her girls and was sorry that she could only love them from afar, that she thought of the fear of being close she would hurt them like she hurt her true love Will. I'm glad of the marriages and the babies that came out of [...]


    20. I really liked this book. My best friend is one of 3 girls, and I think it would be good for really any sibs to read, regardless of gender. It also helps those of us with stoic mothers/fathers, and makes us understand that sometimes there is more to an unemotional or cold person than meets the eye. It really helped me see myself and my mom in a new light. I really enjoyed this book-couldn't put it down.


    21. Another quick read. Its about three sistes who are not close to each other or to their mother. The mother summons them all to help her move and they all decide to go thinking they are the only one their mother is asking. They learn a secret about their mother, they bond, and life is good.No surprises in this story, but a good book to read on a plane or anywhere else there will be lots of distractions.


    22. I am still reading this book but it is really good. It is about three sisters who were raised by wealthy parents and they all have issues with their mother. The sisters didn't get along they were all very different, until one day the mother sends tickets for them all to come home. It is interesting the changes that take place the relationships that develop when the barriers are let down. I hope to finish it tonight, if my thoughts change I will let you know. :)


    23. This book was not fabulous, but better than just ok. It's The Notebook meets Bridges of Madison County in a sense. It wasn't the type if book I dive in and finish in 2 days, but I enjoyed a chapter or two each night in bed before going to sleep. I haven't read any of her other books so I don't have anything to compare it to.


    24. I enjoyed a lot of things about this book. (Not about the points of personal romance), but the part that a mother wanted her three daughters to be together again, and the fact that when they did they learned a lot about each other. And even more important, they learned something about their mother. A quick read with a lovely ending.


    25. It is so ironic that we can't create a good relationship with our family members and that we are more comfortable to talk our heart out to our friends. We need to realize that family should first and foremost the first in line who will be in touch with our lives for we are entwined with blood and flesh. Let us seize the moment to give worth to our family while we still have time


    26. The best book I have ever read.I have read it about 3-4 times and could read it many times more.The book is about a mother and her three daughters. She calls the daughters to come for a visit at their country home. The sisters have lost touch with each other and really have nothing in common.I am not going to tell you any more than that becuase it is a must read.


    27. A pregancy pact in a small NE town - sounds familiar but Delinsky in this fictional rendition develops the characters of the parents and the girls and their back stories. The motivation to get pregnant as teens is frightening.Who should read it? Moms of young teens who don't think it could happen to them. Fast read.


    28. Barbara Delinsky is one of my favorite authors for a reason. She tells interesting stories about people you want to know. Although I don't think this book was her best from the stories I've read, I do believe that in this book she tells a good tale about love and forgiveness among family members for long held grudges.


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