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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 6 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684864843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684864846
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 617 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,508,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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ON WHAT HAD BEGUN as just another June day in Manhattan, Susanne Seebring Malloy returned to her Upper East Side brownstone after lunch with friends to find a saffron yellow envelop in the mail. Read the first page
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By Tracey Seitz on Dec 7 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A realistic view of family, the end was a bit rushed though, Barbara Delinsky is one of my favourite authors and she didnt disappoint with the vineyard/
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By SD on Oct. 25 2006
Format: Audio CD
I always enjoy Barbara Delinsky. This is a rich book full of beautiful images. She has such a wonderful writing style that really enables me to get into the characters and locations. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It is a rated g romance.
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By K. N. Nelson on Dec 21 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really like Barbara Delinsky's style of writing. You feel as if you are an actual part of the story rather than "remote viewing" as is the case in nearly every other romance fiction writer.
Nor is there any sordid, soft porn sex scenes to tittilate voyeuristic lust. She builds her love scenes as a gradual, gentle and deeply insightful awakening. She reveals romance in an elegant, classy and very tasteful manner that engages the reader in the reality of the eventual mating without grossing out the reader with the vulgarity found in Stephanie Laurens or even Nora Roberts show-all-tell-all graphic manner that forces some readers to skip those "steamy" pages. Delinsky's books are like opening a box of treasures and never being disappointed or repelled by the contents.
Delinsky also has a wonderful sense of philosophy about family relationships and the manner in which to build strong ones despite setbacks and condemnation by said family or friends. In this book she examines the greatly flawed assumptions that middle aged children dump on their elderly 76 year old mother when she elects to marry her vineyard manager and childhood lover after the death of her husband and father of the kids.
Also this fascinating story is about the labor intensive work of farming a vineyard and the whole issue of sacrifices made by a very strong woman for her entire life to ensure a long term goal of security which makes this story very empowering to women.
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By K. Place on Aug. 27 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I feel a little disloyal in saying I actually like this book better than Lake News - another Delinsky favorite of mine. This book is wonderfully-well developed - a great storyline, great characters, great dialog ... what more do we need?!?
I loved Olivia - quirky, but also strong, determined and a fierce protector of her daughter. I loved Simon - intelligent, hard-working and dealing with his tragedies in the only way he knows how. I also loved the other main female character, Natalie, who at 76 is more than eager to begin the next chapter of her own life.
The aspect I like best of the Delinsky novels I have read is the reality of them. She writes in such a style that I, the reader, am a part of the books. I really get to know the characters; I can imagine myself in the settings, i.e., walking among the rows of grapevines, or sitting at the 4th of July picnic. I know just how Tess looks with her thick glasses on - smudged & halfway down her nose; I know just how Olivia's heart jumps as she starts to fall in love.
The other thing I really like about Barbara Delinsky is that she doesn't rely on the "power of the author" to just make things happen. Her characters grow and learn on their own; happy endings don't "just happen," they come about through the efforts of her characters. I get so tired of contrived, trite plots & heros & heroines who, after 300 pages of missing each other and misunderstanding each other and lost opportunities and other loves, finally in the last 20 pages find everlasting love & passion.
You won't get that in The Vineyard ... what you get are wonderful, realistic people who (just like us) have something to offer to each other and, in so doing, make the world a little better place.
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By Duncmac2 on July 23 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Please understand; this woman can write. But good writing can never overcome bad plot. Even Shakespeare couldn't pull that off!
This story is so incredibly predictable that the journey to the end of a 350 page book palled long before the destination was reached. The one interesting device (the story within a story.. the historical tale) was certainly not enough a strong enough vehicle to carry the lump of the main tale. I've enjoyed several of Delinsky's works, but this one just became boring; I'll be more careful before I purchase the next.
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By bookworm on April 21 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can't think of one thing to change about this book. It was so good, vintage Delinsky. I have read half a dozen books by her and she never disappoints.
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By "wendy0528" on April 3 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 children what she's been through in her 76 years and what she's feeling now.
At 35, Olivia Jones is a single mother working hard to provide for her 10-year-old daughter Tess. Olivia knows art and photography. She's been doing photo restoration for Natalie Seebring for months, although they've never met. Through her work, Olivia has grown very attached to the Seebring family. She can only imagine what each family member is like and imagines herself as a Seebring herself. She jumps at the job offer to work at the vineyard for the summer. The pay will be more than enough to hire tutors to help Tess with her dyslexia.
With Olivia at her side, pen in hand, Natalie's story of love, heartache, struggle and perseverance slowly unfolds, revealing a few secrets along the way.
Meanwhile, Olivia is searching for her own mother as well as dealing with Carl's son, Simon, now the vineyard manager. Simon lost his wife and daughter 4 years ago in a sailing accident and having Olivia around with young Tess only stirs up the pain he's worked so hard to bury.
This is truly a story so well told that you laugh at times and cry at others. There's so much detail on a variety of topics. The reader learns a bit about growing grapes, sailing, hurricanes, the Great Depression and World War II. Each character is so well-written, I feel that if I were ever in Rhode Island, I could simply drive up and pay the Seebrings a visit. Great people book.
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