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The Vineyard

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  3,289 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky has written her most complex and emotionally rewarding novel yet: 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: exquisitely mannered, a supportive wife, and head of a successful wine-producing enterprise. So wh
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 30th 2000 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2000)
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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.
Jan 23, 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  ·  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
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 04, 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.
didn't keep my interest....
Dorothy Clark
Feb 25, 2017 Dorothy Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much of the plot was predictable, especially the Olivia/Simon romance, but the characters are well developed and sympathetic. An easy read, and a nice break from murder and mayhem.
Donette Fox
Feb 19, 2017 Donette Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two women find their purpose

One woman's search for security and love, another's desire for understanding. Both need something of the other to complete their own life story.
Clarke Brannon
Feb 26, 2017 Clarke Brannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Barbara Delinskys books. Her stories can relate to so many people and she keeps the story moving at a good pace.
Marina E. Cole
Feb 25, 2017 Marina E. Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love love love

Loved this story learned a few things while enjoying the tale enjoyed the complicated personalities and getting to know them and really love a happy ending!!
Jan 24, 2017 Milo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mother In Law recommendation. Definitely not something I would have read on my own. If it weren't for the description of the grape growing process I would have given this one star. Skip it!
Dec 01, 2016 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a very good book easy to read
Aug 30, 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
Jul 23, 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
Jan 18, 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
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
Jan 05, 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
Mar 21, 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
Dec 22, 2009 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 18, 2013 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
Diana Dupre
Sep 06, 2016 Diana Dupre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 25, 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
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.
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
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
Jun 17, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2011 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 30, 2007 Wendy Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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