by Barbara Delinsky

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Elegant Sabrina Stone speaks with investigative reporter Derek McGill for only a few minutes, but it is long enough to tell her all that she needs to know about this caring man. When Derek is convicted of murder, Sabrina begins a fight for his freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455519583
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 508,205
Product dimensions: 4.36(w) x 6.62(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

BARBARA DELINSKY lives in Needham, Massachusetts. With thirty million copoies of her novels in print, in 25 different languages, Delinsky is one of the world's most beloved and revered storytellers.


Newton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

August 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Boston, Massachusetts


B.A. in Psychology, Tufts University, 1967; M.A. in Sociology, Boston College, 1969

Reading Group Guide

1. The idea of "commitment" recurs often in this novel. How would you define a commitment and what examples are found in the novel? What would you say is your greatest commitment and how has living up to it affected your life?

2. Our first introduction to Sabrina is through Derek's eyes at the beginning of the novel. He is surprised at how serene she looks while standing on the terrace. What stereotypes are his initial assumptions based on? What causes him to change his mind? This meeting between them is brief but leaves impressions on them both. What do we learn about Derek and Sabrina from their visit, and what does each one offer the other?

3. Though a woman of privilege with a seemingly idyllic life, Sabrina is extremely unhappy and lost. When visiting different institutions for Nicky, she stops at the Parkersville prison to visit Derek McGill. Why does she do this? What from their initial and only visit eighteen months prior is she trying to regain? Why do you think Derek reacts the way he does to her presence in the jailhouse?

4. Sabrina comes from a family of fiction writers who seem to live within the fantasy worlds they write about. How did growing up in this environment shape Sabrina? Does she ever allow herself to fantasize, and if so, when and about what in particular? Who else seems to be living a fantasy and is starkly unwilling to face the truth?

5. Despite her struggle to be a good mother, Sabrina finds herself falling short of her ideal. She admits to feelings of failure and sees herself through her husband's eyes as an unfit mother. If you were a mother in Sabrina's situation, how would you face the fact that your child is handicapped? How do you feel about Sabrina's admission to Derek that she had wished Nicky were dead? Do you think Sabrina's decision to send Nicky to an institution was for his own good or more for her sake?

6. Derek overcomes his fear of writing to exchange letters with Sabrina before his release. What reason would the author have to choose this form of communication between these characters? What is shown in their letters that is not reflected in their conversations? Do you think writing is an easier form of communication than speaking face-to-face? Why or why not?

7. After his release from Parkersville, Derek finally tells Sabrina about the night of the murder and the players involved in his conviction. Derek also makes it clear to Sabrina that he wants nothing more than to punish those responsible for taking away two years of his life. How does his strong need for revenge affect Sabrina? Is his hatred warranted?

8. While Derek hunts for the files that will prove his innocence, Sabrina seems distant and ill. What is she wor-ried about? Are her concerns unfounded? What does she discover about herself and the source of her illness?

9. J.B. appears to be concerned about Sabrina's marriage to Derek and decides to move into the barn to keep an eye on them. Why does Derek originally feel threatened by J.B.'s appearance? What is it about Derek that causes Sabrina's family to be concerned? Why do you think her family is able to be realistic now? Is it fair of them to believe that Sabrina is the one living in a fantasy?

10. There are times when Derek and Sabrina struggle to deal with the idea of family. Derek hints at his past and his relationship with his father, while Sabrina shows how her family was eccentric and how she feels she has failed at her only attempt at creating a family. How do Derek and Sabrina come to terms with the idea of family? What does the idea of family represent to each of them, and how are their perceptions reflected in what they expect from each other?

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Commitments 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Delinsky's Commitments was a pure joy to read. I was drawn to the powerful romance of Sabrina and Derek and the anguish that Sabrina felt for her son. Not only did the plot intrigued me but the love that bound Sabrina to Derek. Delinsky was able to capture all the emotions that a person can feel when being pushed to the limits: of being loved, of belonging, and of being true to oneself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read 5 of Barbara Delinsky's work and this book was excellent. Barbara Delinsky writes in such a way that you can see and feel the characters in the story. You can see visually in your minds eye the settings and the emotion. Her books are awesome and I recommend this work. I enjoyed it. If you like a twist of romance and mystery...then Barbara Delinsky is for you. p.s. Some of the passion scenes are HOT!!! This book won't dissapoint you!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love the author of this book. i just didn't agree w/ some of the details of the plot. others may love it.
TxAgMom More than 1 year ago
Once again Barbara Delinsky writes a truly touching romanitic novel. The read cannot help but be touched by the inner struggles of Sabrina, as she cares for her son Nicky. The love she shows him is truly appreciated by the mother in me. While Sabrina and Derek struggle to resolve a wrong that has been done to Derek, their lives face hurdles and problems. This book is another great touching Barbara Delinsky novel.
billietexas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Super boring! Predictable story line.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok. Description of locale was very intriguing.
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dailyreaderMA More than 1 year ago
Good story but too drawn out. Could have been told in half the amount of pages.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author. It was fantastic. There was romance, mystery, and I thought you could really feel the love between Sabrina and Derek. I definitely recommend this book and can't wait to read others by this author.