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Like a glass of good pinot noir, Barbara Delinsky's The Vineyard is best enjoyed slowly. The Vineyard follows the triumphs and tragedies of the Seebrings, a wealthy family of vintners in Rhode Island. The story begins when recently widowed, 76-year-old Natalie Seebring announces her scandalous engagement to none other than the vineyard manager, Carl, whose social standing ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 5th 2001 (first published January 1st 2000)
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Glenda
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.
Heidi
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
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Sharon
Jul 25, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dyana
Jan 21, 2014 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandy
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.
Ann
didn't keep my interest....
Melissa
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.
Nancy
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
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Jasmine
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
Wendy
Jul 25, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Louise
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hubert
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
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
Julie Barrett
Dec 31, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Holly Gravel
Jan 25, 2016 Holly Gravel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
B- Fluff. 76 vineyard owner Natalie is marrying Carl, the vineyard manager, after her husband dies. They have been in love all their lives, she had his child and lost it to polio. Spoiled adult kids eventually come around. Olivia with dyslexic daughter Tess come so Olivia can write Natalie’s life story –she hooks up with Simon, Carl’s son.
Linda K. Melzer
May 08, 2016 Linda K. Melzer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful Barbara Delinsky book.

I've never read a Barbara Delinsky novel I didn't like, some more than others. She delves into characters beautifully. This novel had more romance and less suspense than I usually like, but that definitely didn't keep me from enjoying it. I can definitely recommend it.
Barbara Prest
Aug 11, 2014 Barbara Prest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this novel. The author's created characters were most interesting and some mysterious in a sense. She introduces them so that the reader befriends them.This is one of those stories you don't want to end. Its a journey that touches the human heart. I highly recommend it as a good read!
Mae
Mar 04, 2012 Mae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Crystal
Jan 24, 2016 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my favorite Delinsky book by far. the book shifts from the present to the 1950s era flawlessly. It is a romance but it is so much more. Family relationships, disabilities, choices and the consequences of those choices all play a role in this woven tale.
Joan  Ridge
I loved this book, great read.....the characters are calming and the story I didn't want it to end.
What I learned from this book is how hard it is to run/keep a vineyard and this book teaches you a lot about it. Now when I drink my wine I will be a lot more apprecative of it.
Thank you Ms Delinsky
sakura_txell
Mar 26, 2015 sakura_txell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me repito, pero Delinsky es muy distinta a las demás autoras románticas. Todos y cada uno de sus libros tienen un algo que te hace palpitar y sentir.
Este es una historia de segundas oportunidades, de veranos entre vides y de amores para siempre.
Gerry
Feb 26, 2016 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natalie uproots herself and her dyslexic nine year old daughter to take a job helping the matriarch of a Rhode Island vineyard and winery to write her life story. Pretty much predictable, but enjoyable all the same.
Jenn
May 06, 2013 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lydia
Dec 19, 2015 Lydia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this very disappointing for a Barbara Delinsky. Is was all so obvious that it bordered on a romance novel, and I usually get much more from her books. After 200 pages I skimmed to the end.
Virginia Markhart
Sep 14, 2013 Virginia Markhart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Judith
Nov 10, 2014 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has an interesting plot, made more interesting for me, as a teacher of children with learning disabilities, because it includes a child who has learning problems.
Kristia Leyendecker
I've always been a fan of Delinsky. That said, this wasn't one of my favorites. Mostly it was due to the main characters personality.
Sandy
Jan 21, 2016 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a nice story with characters you hate to leave. Quite a departure from my normal murder and mayhem but sometimes it is good just to be calm.
Debbie
I enjoyed reading this book. Not a book I couldn't wait to pick back up again, but just an ejoyable book.
Beverly Steinhardt
excellent reading. A story of love amid hardships and doing what has to be done even when it is not what you want.
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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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