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House of Daughters (House of Peine)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  1,081 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
House of Daughters (House of Peine)
Paperback, 299 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Plume (first published October 13th 2006)
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Mar 08, 2009 Phyllis rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 24, 2014 Mindy Conde rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
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
Suanne Laqueur
Jun 09, 2015 Suanne Laqueur rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-five-stars

Sarah-Kate Lynch has written many beautiful novels that center around not so much food, but a particular artisan and regional craft: By Bread Alone is about the sourdough breadmaking of France. Blessed Are the Cheesemakers tells the story of two old Irish cheesemakers in need of an heir for their business. And House of Daughters is about the champagne industry.

Three daughters inherit their father’s business although it is the eldest, Clementine, who has been running the vineyard and tr
Nov 20, 2016 Jedimelinda rated it really liked it
Set among the grape growing vineyards of France, the three sisters in this well-researched novel by Sarah-Kate Lynch clearly have issues. Quite frankly, sometimes their issues with each other can be hard to take -- but it's well worth it to get to the last page. Just as you would like to savor every drop of your favorite glass of champagne [since this tale revolves around champagne crafters, that is the beverage of choice here ;-) ], you will savor every word on every page. Lynch's tale is craft ...more
Aug 14, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: recentreads
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
May 31, 2009 Jamie rated it liked it
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.
Sep 30, 2009 Sherese rated it did not like it
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.
May 19, 2009 Jennifer rated it did not like it
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.
May 12, 2013 Pam rated it liked it
Good story with a touch of humor and a happy ending. Great beach reading!
Jan 25, 2010 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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.
Angela Heisey
Aug 29, 2015 Angela Heisey rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! A powerful message of how love can transform people.
Jan 01, 2016 Purnima rated it liked it
Bubbles. A characteristic of every bottle of good champagne. Also more telling than any futile attempt at finding similarities between the Peine sisters. Mathilde, Clementine, and Sophie, are thrown together when their father suddenly passes away, leaving the Peine estate equally divided among the three of them. Come from different backgrounds, with barely anything that indicates towards their being related, they are consumed by bitterness, heartbreak, and ghosts of conflicts past that seem like ...more
Sep 28, 2016 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Oh, my that was bad. If I had had another book home from the library last weekend I never would have finished it.

Clementine works with her bitter, surly, alcoholic father at the family winery in the Champagne region of France as their family has done for generations further back than anyone can count. When her father dies suddenly, Clementine things she can now run the winery 'her' way, but soon after her half sister shows up, followed closely by another sister she didn't even know about, Sophi
Feb 20, 2017 Donna rated it it was amazing
Everyone of her books teaches me a lot about the subject matter. This time wine and champagne. I live in wine country near Lake Erie and there is even a vineyard in my backyard (not mine) and I know how weather effects crops from year to year but the blending, etc. in this book taught me a new appreciation for the wine makers.

I hope Sarah-Kate Lynch continues writing books like this. because of her other books I now make sourdough bread, appreciate bees/honey and cheeses.
Debbie Lisman
Apr 14, 2011 Debbie Lisman rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 07, 2014 Sandy rated it liked it
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
Taylor Thompson
Feb 13, 2014 Taylor Thompson rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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
Sandra Strange
Jun 01, 2015 Sandra Strange rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-books
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
Sep 13, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
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
Aug 26, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-library
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
Oct 12, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok
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
Feb 20, 2016 Billie rated it really liked it
A good read about three sisters who know close to nothing about each other and are forced to work through issues while keeping their family's winery in business. The writer is pretty good because I had very strong feelings about each of the sisters...two I couldn't stand, one I liked a lot. The eldest sister wants you to dislike her and it works.

Recommended by a friend - I love wine and liked learning about the process in making it (and champagne) and the characters each redeemed themselves in s
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
Nicole Otting
Jul 05, 2013 Nicole Otting rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2014 Pammy rated it liked it
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
Nov 02, 2011 Grace rated it liked it
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
Oct 14, 2010 Teresa rated it liked it
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
Susan Roden
Dec 07, 2009 Susan Roden rated it liked it
I pour wine at a local winery, and the owner recently made champagne. This book's locale is the Champagne region of France. It discusses in detail the growing & making of Champagne, which I found very interesting. The story of the sisters made the background of the story. That part was ok, nothing earth-shattering or anything like that.

Whenever I think of champagne/sparkling wine, I think of this book.
Like any art, one never knows it all about wine-making. There is always more to learn.
Dec 26, 2013 Kirstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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