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The Vineyard: A Novel | [Barbara Delinsky]

The Vineyard: A Novel

When Natalie Seebring announces plans to marry within months of the death of her husband of fifty-eight years, her son and daughter are stunned. In the face of their disapproval, Natalie decides it's time to talk about the past and reveal the secrets she has kept for decades. She hires Olivia Jones to help write her memoir and invites her to spend the summer at the family vineyard. As summer deepens and the vineyard's crop ripens, Natalie's story unfolds and startles one family member after another....
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Publisher's Summary

When Natalie Seebring announces plans to marry within months of the death of her husband of fifty-eight years, her son and daughter are stunned. In the face of their disapproval, Natalie decides it's time to talk about the past and reveal the secrets she has kept for decades. She hires Olivia Jones to help write her memoir and invites her to spend the summer at the family vineyard. As summer deepens and the vineyard's crop ripens, Natalie's story unfolds and startles one family member after another, while Olivia's fantasy of finding a welcoming family remains as tenuous as the success of the season's crop.

©2000 Simon & Schuster Audio (P)2000 Barbara Delinsky

What the Critics Say

"High drama, beautiful scenery, and resilient yet sensitive characters make this a must for all Delinsky fans and a perfect introduction to her work for new readers." (Booklist)

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    Grete vancouver, BC, Canada 12-02-12
    Grete vancouver, BC, Canada 12-02-12 Member Since 2012

    Love to listen to all genres of audiobooks while I pursue fibre crafts - spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting. Favourite listens are romantic comedies and historical fiction.

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    "Free spirit and matriarch learn from each other"

    A young, photo-restorer in Boston, a single mother of a dyslexic daughter, dreams about a family vineyard as she restorers the photos depicting the history of the vineyard. When she is about to lose her job, she grabs the chance for her and her daughter to spend the summer on the vineyard writing the memoir of its aging matriarch. The free-spirited, young, single mother and the older selfless matriarch are great foils for each other. Now widowed and almost 80, the matriarch decides to marry the childhood sweetheart she gave up years ago in order to marry a richer man whose capital could build the family vineyard. But her children deeply resent her decision.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 08-26-12
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Enjoyable"

    The beginning didn't make me think I would like this book. However, if you stay with it I believe you will find alot of story in this book. BD seems to write this way...there are things that work their way to the surface.Sometimes that seems to take a little longer than some people would like but audio books are pretty much my only entertainment so I don't mind. I liked the characters in this book. The development of the daughter was important to me. I can recommend this book.
    May I recommend "Coast Road" by BD, the narration and story have surpassed anything else I have listened to by this author.

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    Jenny Boulder, CO, United States 06-08-12
    Jenny Boulder, CO, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Summer Read..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes..I was a bit hesitant to buy but the deep story really gripped me. Story that got it all rolling seemed shallow and kind of silly but the overall story was very interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vineyard?

    Story of the old woman was very interesting.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Things aren't always as they appear


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