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House of Daughters

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  921 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Lonely Clementine is the rightful heir to the House of Peine, the vineyard that has been in the family for generations. She has spent her whole life caring for the vines, not to mention her sour brute of a father. But now the Peine patriarch is dead, and to Clementine’s distress his will stipulates that she must share the vineyard with a half-sister she hasn’t seen in twen ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Plume (first published October 13th 2006)
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This book makes me want to live in a vineyard and make wine. The story of three accidental sisters from the House of Peine is an achingly sweet story about the power of a parent's presence (or in this case, absence) in a woman's life. It will break your heart, make you so mad you could spit and cry tears of laughter and joy. At the end you'll want to go to your local wine store for a case of their best champagne, wishing that you, too would discover that you are a sister in the House of Peine.

Mindy Conde
In all honesty, I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. It had been sitting at the bottom of my stack of library books for awhile – it just wasn’t really jumping out at me – but I’m glad I gave it a chance. Be warned though, after reading this book (and, lets face it, throughout reading it) you will have a serious craving for good champagne and pastries. And because whenever I think of good wine, sparkling or otherwise, I also want good cheese, I ended up craving that too.

In any case, this
I'm so glad I stuck with this one because I ended up liking it a whole lot more than my initial impression of it. It is the story of a winery in the Champagne region of France. The old, crotchety owner dies and leaves it to his three daughters--two of whom didn't even know about the existence of the third. The sisters don't get along, they're all damaged in different ways, but they are forced to learn to work together. The story is funny and warm and has a great message. I'm very glad I read it. ...more
Sandra Strange
This is another one of those "this is a good book, BUT...." The book is the charming and positive story of three sisters who share a rejecting father (not their mothers) and so suffer and are twisted in one way or another, from his lack of care. He dies, and they gather together for the first time--and then the fun begins. The book is also the story of champagne--and how it is made in that tiny area in France, for the sisters are from an old champagne family (both location and livelihood), and t ...more
This book was painful. It literally hurt my brain. It was so annoying to hear about these crybaby sisters, moping and bawling on every other page for no particular reason. The main protagonist, Clementine, is such a pathetic character. I like to read books narrated from the point of view of a person I can look up to or be inspired by, but all I wanted was for Clementine to drown in her own self pitying tears. I also, honestly, got pretty sick of all the french words that were just randomly throw ...more
Clementine is a 44-year-old woman who lives with her crotchety drunk of a father who is a vigneron in Champagne, France. When Olivier dies, she is the heir apparent to the winery. The family lawyer bursts her bubble by informing her that she must share the estate with not only the half-sister who she perceives as ruining her life some 20 years before, but a third sister who the other two were unaware of and any children the three may have. Mathilde arrives to escape her life and Sophie arrives t ...more
For what it is, this book was pretty good. I enjoyed the characters and the setting, and learned a bit about making champagne. Sure, it's a light read. Good beach book, not something that makes me go "wow." But it was enjoyable, and avoided becoming stupid as so many of these books tend to do.
Ridiculous..I don't know a single woman as emotional as these three characters/sisters. It was like they were suffering from homornal imbalances. All the outburts, crying and carrying on was too much. The most level headed person is the 10 year old, that's sad.
The beginning is really slow & I nearly gave up on the characters.. they aren't very lovable & that's being kind. Yet I eventually got involved with all the sister drama, and even enjoyed the constant bombardment with details on how to create various wines, the process from grapes to bottling. And the use of so many French words was a challenge to my vocabulary...but in a good way (there IS a glossary in the back!) And be sure to read the author's comments regarding her research. You mig ...more
Predictable and forgettable. I didn't really like any of the main characters and wished that I hadn't wasted the time finishing the book.
Way too boring...Read about 100 pages and was just too slow so I gave up. Dialog was poor and didn't care for characters or the story.
Angela Heisey
Loved this book! A powerful message of how love can transform people.
Kayla Perdue
This book tells the story of a French champagne connoiseur and his three daughters who know nothing of each other's existence during his life but are forced to come together after his death because of his estate. Each carries their own burden and shameful secrets and eventually realizes that what one lacks, the others more than make up for. It's a story of transformation and unity. The author made me want to run off to a French vineyard where I'd tend to the grapes, eat pain au chocolat amande, ...more
Good story with a touch of humor and a happy ending. Great beach reading!
I was pleasantly surprised to read this delightful novel about three sisters who find themselves running a vineyard in France. Clementine is the eldest; she's lived at the House of Peine all her life, dealing with her very unhappy, bitter father. After his death, she finds herself forced into sharing the place with her middle sister Mathilde, a horribly stuck up woman who was raised in America--and 20 years before made Clementine's life a misery; and a sister neither knew about: Sophie, a young ...more
Debbie Lisman
Great Book! Just released in July 2008. This is the story of the Peine family. The author, Sarah-Kate Lynch, sets her tale in the rich and earthy champagne country of France. Patriarch, Olivier Paine, is dead. His daughter, Clementine, has lived with him her whole life, worked side by side with him in the vineyard, and cared for the sour old coot while receiving little of his attention, and even less of his love as a parent. Clementine is certain, now that her father is gone, that she is the rig ...more
I have enjoyed of Sarah Kate-Lynch's novels recently. Slightly quirky and humourous these stories are easy and fun to read. A story based on a vineyard in France three sisters come together after the death of their father.The characters in this novel have very different personalities and they are trying to sort out his will and the running of the infamous House of Peine which has a reputation as a top champagne house. If you love French champagne, and who doesn't, you will enjoy this book!
Clementine has been working at keeping the family champagne estate together as her father deteriorates and drinks himself into oblivion. His unexpected death leaves her to deal with the fact that she is not the sole inheritor of the estate, but must share with a half sister (Mathilde) she despises for ruining the love of her life and an unknown half sister, Sophie who has been living on the streets. Each sister has secrets, some more devastating than others. They start out hating each other and ...more
My first book by this author and I enjoyed it very much. A good summer read. I like the elements of magical realism - it was interspersed throughout without being over the top. I enjoyed the setting, who wouldn't want to read about wine and champagne, after all... and although the characters were a bit predictable and simply drawn, I didn't mind. Very enjoyable book, will seek out more from this author.
Sandra Petree
A thoroughly enjoyable story about a winery in France run by a man who has fathered three daughters by different women. One daughter has stayed "on the farm" to help her belligerent father; but when he is killed in an accident of his own making, this daughter must contend with the other two daughters who arrive under very unusual circumstances. Can the winery be saved and who will run it?
I picked this wee gem up on a road trip with my sister for a mere $2. I had no expectations so was pleasantly surprised by what a quick sweet read it turned out to be.

The three daughters of Oliver Peine (grumpy debt riddled old soak) are left his crumbling Champagne house upon his early demise. Clementine who had put up with her father for years thought it was hers alone, unfortunately two other sisters turn up and also lay claim to their inheritance.

This heart warming story takes us through t
The story is about three sisters who don't know about each other's existences, who all inherit part of a vineyard when their deadbead dad dies, which has the makings of a good plot. And, I adore champagne, so it was fun to read about the making of it in a vineyard. However, not one of the three sisters is likable; each has issues worse than the next. Only one sister has a work ethic. I was interested in learning about the wine making, but could have cared less about the outcome of the novel, a r ...more
Sophie Leeks
I loved it. Beautifully written, sensitive and surprising. You can feel the characters unfurling gradually as they slowly learn about themselves and each other.
Clementine è una donna inflessibile, indurita dal proprio lavoro tra le vigne e dalla vita non proprio gentile nei suoi confronti: se non fosse per quei chili di troppo, assomiglierebbe a una delle sue viti, con le radici aggrappate alla terra dei suoi avi e le membra contorte per far fronte alle avversità.
Un evento improvviso porterà con sé visite inaspettate e non gradite: la vita di Clementine sarà decisamente scombussolata e la donna si troverà a dover affrontare temi dolorosi che ha cercato
good book overall, a little bit cheesy in parts, story of family understanding each other. set in a vineyard family/France making of Champagne,
It was a fun book - characters a little cliched, but enjoyable.

Clementine is the rightful heir to the House of Peine, the vineyard that has been in the family for generations. She has spent her whole life caring for the vines, not to mention caring for her sour brute of a father. But now that the Peine patriarch is dead, his will stipulates that Clementine must share the vineyard with a half-sister she hasn't seen in twenty years and another she didn't even know existed. As one vineyard brings
Nicole Otting
This book was a library sale purchase of $0.25 and I truly judged a book by its cover. I thought it was interesting and dropped it in my pile.
Although the book was off to a slow start in my opinion, it is a truly remarkable story about Clementine and the family business of making wine but more specifically champagne. There are many twists and turns to the story and lots of emotion within the pages. I found myself about 1/4 of the way through not being able to put it down. I wanted to know what
Diane Davis
Wonderful book, now I know how to make French Champagne... So descriptive, felt like I was in France and the characters were wonderful
Lovely story, really enjoyed the gorgeous setting, amazing food and hearing all about vintage champagne. It piqued my interest in returning to France and really travelling around that amazing country and learning more about it's history and sampling it's fare.
The characterisations were fascinating and complex, touching on each individuals unique traits, good and not so good. Highly recommend for those who love chick lit with a lovely amount of historical reference chucked in for good measure.
This was a difficult book for me to get into, simply because I detested the dialogue. It wasn't so much that I couldn't relate to the hateful way in which family can sometimes speak to one another, but more that I found the characters rather juvenile, despite their apparent ages. Yes, the point of the book was its characters' evolution, but having issues doesn't require you to speak as if you are thirteen. It was a short read though, so I felt obliged to finish it. Redeeming qualities included: ...more
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Sarah-Kate Lynch is quite a cranky journalist of several decades who prefers making things up to recording them accurately. This is not very good if you are a journalist, which may explain (a) the crankiness and (b) why she now writes novels.

She also writes two columns in the New Zealand Woman's Day, New Zealand's best-selling weekly magazine. One is about nothing and the other is about travel.

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