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The Vineyard

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  3,158 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
In The Vineyard, New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky (Lake News, Coast Road, Three Wishes) has written her most complex and emotionally rewarding novel: a story of two women, a generation apart, each of whose dream becomes bound with the other's.

To her family, Natalie Seebring is a woman who prizes appearances. She is exquisitely mannered, socially adept, a
Mass Market Paperback, 488 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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May 04, 2010 Glenda rated it it was ok
I am a fan of Barbara Delinsky, but I didn't like this one as well as others of hers I have read. Pretty predictable and "fluffy" but I read it quickly. I did learn a lot about grapes and wine making, which was interesting. Not a bad book, just not too gripping.
Feb 18, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Vineyard was my first book by Barbara Delinsky. My mother brought it to me after she read it herself since the setting is a vineyard. My husband and I love wine and drink a glass with most of our evening meals so she thought this book would appeal to me. She was right.

I loved the setting of the Rhode Island vineyard of Asquonset. The descriptions of the Great House had me wishing I could really go there.

Olivia is a photo restorer who needs to find a new job. Her boss has decided to retire an
Jul 25, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Chick lit at its finest. So many good details, families torn asunder, single mom with problem child, aloof and arrogant vineyard manager, hurricanes, you name it, it happens in this book. Natalie Seebring announces plans to marry her vineyard manager, a couple of months after the death of her husband of 58 years. Needless to say, her children are in a tizzy, thinking she's being disloyal and wondering why she wants to marry again in the first place and taking it the next step and suspecting she' ...more
Jan 28, 2010 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellant book. Wonderfully told story with twists and turns that will keep you reading until late into the night. Keep the tissues handy, this one will tug at your heartstrings.
Jun 06, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This was a lovely book. Had history, love, friendships etc. A little predictable but all in all, a solid read.
Dec 10, 2014 Ann added it
didn't keep my interest....
Jill Robertson
'The Vineyard' by Barbara Delinsky seemed old-fashioned. A single mother (Olivia) is hired to write the memoirs of a wealthy woman owner of a successful vineyard on Rhode Island (Natalie). The story Natalie tells is actually quite moving, but the rest of the novel seems silly, with Natalie's adult children being childish, a tepid romance between Olivia and Simon the vineyard manager that never seems real, and some predictable family secrets. Olivia's dyslexic daughter provides the opportunity fo ...more
Sep 27, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that if it were not for the fact that I had been listening to this book on CD while driving to and from work, I would have tossed it midway. I understand that it was meant to be a slow meandering journey through the life of Natalie Seebring, interweaving the lives of her children and Olivia Jones who was hired as her personal assistant and biographer. Let us face it; this was so monotonous that it allowed my mind to wander without feeling that I missed a thing.

In the past, I love
Nancy Shafer
Great Book! I have loved every book I have read by Barbara Delinsky
Jul 25, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
Asquonset Vineyard, Rhode Island. Six months after the death of her husband of 58 years, Natalie Seebring announces her intentions to marry Carl Burke, a man she's known since childhood, a man who's been her vineyard manager for the past 35 years. Naturally, Natalie's grown children, Susanne and Greg, are shocked and disturbed by the sudden news. Natalie decides to hire someone for the summer to help write her memoirs in time for her Labor Day wedding. She hopes her story will explain to her chi ...more
Betty McMahon
Sep 19, 2016 Betty McMahon rated it liked it
Light read.
Jan 21, 2014 Dyana rated it really liked it
For me another late night book. Olivia's boss is retiring from a picture restoration business. She needs a new job. She takes a temporary summer job at a Rhode Island vineyard near the sea called Asquonset helping the owner, Natalie Seebring, write her memoirs. Natalie's husband, Alexander, died six months previously; she is planning to marry her childhood love and vineyard employee, Carl,; she is estranged from her two children who totally disapprove of the wedding; and she now hopes her memoir ...more
Rachel Brand
So far, this has to be my least favourite Delinsky novel. It was perfectly readable and a compelling story, but it didn’t have the usual engaging characters or the “pull” that made me not want to put it down. I’ve enjoyed a couple of Delinsky’s older novels – such as A Woman Betrayed and The Woman Next Door – but this one was missing something that even those books had. I didn’t care about the characters as much and to begin with Olivia just annoyed me with her neediness. I did find the story ab ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Before I've decide to read the book, I had this inkling that it's going to be a very boring one but I was WRONG! The story is really something! And it's the kind of story that I really want to read all over again. Natalie and Olivia are both the heroine of the story. They may be both be different in so many ways, their age, perspectives in life and so many other things. But what made them both connected towards each other is their passion towards love. They both may have done it in so many ways ...more
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Just can't get enough of Barbara Delinsky!! I've never been disappointed in one of her novels yet.

"To her family, Natalie Seebring is a woman who prizes appearances: exquisitely mannered, a supportive wife, and head of a successful wine-producing enterprise. So when she announces plans to marry a vineyard employee mere months after the death of her husband of fifty-eight years, her son and daughter are stunned. Faced with their disapproval, Natalie decides to write a memoir.

Olivia Jones is a dre
Jul 30, 2011 Hubert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, memoir, food, boston
A bore of a domestic drama featuring a single mother with low-esteem bringing a dyslexic, but curious, daughter to a vineyard in Rhode Island as part of a summer job writing the memoirs of a 76-yr. old magnate named Natalie Seebring. Natalie receives the scorn of her family on account of her quick remarriage to Carl, who works as the head distiller on the grounds of Asquonset, where the winery is located. Along the way, the reader discovers deep family secrets, broken hearts, and several people ...more
Julie Barrett
Dec 31, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Vineyard by Barbara Delinsky
I had read this book before but never reviewed it. What I like is learning new things: about the vineyard and there is a bit of romance and travel which adds up to a really good book for me.
This is set in my back yard so it really makes sense to me. This is a story of a woman who's lost her husband-she runs a vineyard and has workers that do the main work. The grown children don't live nearby but she's sent them a note that she's getting married with the invitatio
Diana Dupre
Sep 21, 2016 Diana Dupre rated it really liked it
My kind of story. Loved the characters and the author's obvious research/knowledge of vineyards and the East Coast of America. The dreamy aspect of the main character was slightly difficult for me to identify with but it didn't throw me off. I didn't even mind the way everything kind of worked out for her and that it was somewhat predictable. This was a nice adult romantic read that kept out of the cliche romance novel genre.
May 06, 2013 Jenn rated it liked it
I felt this had a slow start, but eventually started moving. Olivia is a dreamer. Her and her daughter Tess head to Asquonset for the summer - Olivia to write Natalie Sebring's memoir and Tess to have a tutor to help with her dyslexia. Natalie tells her story to Olivia through snatches of time. Meanwhile Olivia and Tess seem to fit in with the family even though Natalie's children are at odds with her marrying so quickly after their father's death. Through Natalie, we see her life as it unfolded ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Mae rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Currently need "put down, pick up books" - entertaining but not complicated. I really enjoyed this one.
My favourite quotes:
1.You wanted to be part of a family. Well, this is what a family is about. It`s about crossed wires and lack of communication. It`s about making accomodation for things you would NEVER allow in a friend. With a friend, you just say goodbye and that`s it. With family, you`re stuck.
2. Entitled. That is a dangerous word. People aren`t entitled to things. They have to earn them.
Virginia Markhart
Sep 14, 2013 Virginia Markhart rated it really liked it
There is everything to love about this book. It had me from the first chapter and never disappointed to the very end.

Olivia is a single mother to ten year old Tess. Totally relate to her situation. She has anger issues regarding the mother who abandoned her too soon, and self-esteem issues as well.

Olivia takes a summer job writing the memoirs for a lady who owns a Vineyard and who is also getting married at the end of the summer to a man who she has loved for seventy years. He is the manager of
Jun 17, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it
Another book I read awhile back and reread recently. This is a book with adult themes and sexual situations. This is a book with a deep storyline that takes you through the Depression, WWII, and beyond. I really like how well Barbara Delinsky is able to develop characters and create interesting storylines. She really has a gift for story telling. I found myself rooting for the characters and hoping that they could overcome the hardships thrown at them through their lives. This is another great s ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Cathy added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I grabbed this book from my odds and ends of books I own. Since I was flying home I thought The Vineyard might be worth reading but I was wrong. I have read other books by Delinsky that I really enjoyed but this one was just not worth finishing. When I got home I thought I need a good book and went right to the library. I checked out The Invisible Bridge and These Things HIdden. I'll start The Invisible Bridge today after I make my pumpkin rolls for Thanksgiving (and ride the exercise bike-maybe ...more
Jul 15, 2008 Alison rated it liked it
This book was probably PG-13 and contains some premarital hanky panky which wasn't anything worse than a PG-13 movie...but before I recommend it, I'd have to say be aware of that. It is a about a single mom and her daughter who come to work at "The vineyard" for the summer, helping the widowed owner to write a book about her life. The unusual part is the biography is for her children who are upset that she is remarrying so soon after her husbands death. It explores lots of different issues about ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Maggie rated it liked it
So far I like this book. Though coming from northern CA I find myself setting the book in Napa/Sonoma rather than Rhode Island. It doesn't affect the story at all, and Delinsky's deft characterization confirms once again that for light fiction she is an author with staying power.

Now that I have finished the book (weeks ago) I can recommend it without reservations. I like the way Delinsky writes, and the characters were fully present. There were a couple of places where I skimmed (I admit it) ove
Wendy Phillips
Oct 31, 2007 Wendy Phillips rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I learned much about harvesting grapes, but mostly I learned that everyone needs someone to love and often we as people look at the shell that we are made up of and judge a person by that instead of what is inside. I also was reminded that love can find a person at any age and who are we to judge if it is right or wrong. Also, things go much better if we all work together instead of pulling each other apart.
Judith Cotton Moran
Enjoyable story

If you're looking for a feel good story with interesting characters, you'll probably enjoy this. I found it well-written and a great escape.
Jan 15, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The binding on the hardcover edition leaves something to be desired, but the book itself was well written.

The central characters are worthwhile - and I did find myself caring about them. The photographic restoration work was actually quite fascinating, as well. For some reason, I found the vineyard info less compelling.

Worth reading, if you like books centring around interpersonal relationships.
Sep 23, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
The Vineyard by Barbara Delinsky started off by reminding me of one of my favorite books, The Villa by Nora Roberts; however, after I got over the similarity of name and setting, I was pulled along by the characters in Delinsky's book. I do think that the back cover is misleading in saying that it's Natalie's story, since most of it is from the point of view of Olivia, but I guess the story only occurs because of Natalie's need for a writer.
Jodi Everone
Aug 28, 2012 Jodi Everone rated it it was amazing
Wasn't sure at first if I'd like this book...seemed like it could be a bit stuffy after just reading the inside cover, but that quickly changed as I got past the first 10 pages. Very touching story about long lost loved, sacrifice and dedication. I loved the historical aspect as Natalie told about her love story with Carl through the Depression and WWII.
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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 sk ...more
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