The Vineyard Author:Barbara Delinsky 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 succe... more »ssful 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 dreamer, living vicariously through the old photographs she restores. She and her daughter, Tess, cling to the fantasy that a big, happy family is out there just waiting for them. When Natalie hires Olivia to help with her memoir, a summer at Natalie's vineyard by the sea seems the perfect opportunity to live out that fantasy. But all is not as it seems. As the illusion of an idyllic existence comes crashing headlong into reality, the lives of these two women, parallel in so many ways, become a powerful and moving story.« less
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A Vineyard family has issues with its matriarch's planned marriage to one of her employees six months after her husband's death. The story has her dictating her lifestory... starting with her riches to rags childhood in 1929-30 onto present day, exploring her heartbreaking losses and varied challenges. Against the background of a working coastal Rhode Island Vineyard, we see 3 generations react to individual and family problems. There's the dyslexic child, the struggling single Mom, a middle-aged unfulfilled daughter, the workaholic son, the vineyard manager with a tragic past, a long-held family secret and even a category 3 hurricane. The author weaves their stories together in an enjoyable journey. I recommend it for a light read.
I love all books by Barbara Delinsky. This was a great one! Great characters and great growth of the characters. Couldn't put it down. A woman who owns a vineyard is marrying the man who runs the vineyard, 6 months after her husband dies. She hires a young woman to write her memoirs, so she can connect with her children who are appalled at her getting married so soon and "beneath" her. Great ending!!
Lovely Delinsky novel with a different Rhode Island vineyard setting. All the elements for several good romances with family histories and dynamics involved. Really enjoy Barbara Delinsky's books and this was no exception.