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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,809 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Lauren Mufson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2000 ISBN: 9780743567985
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To her family, Natalie Seebring is a woman who prizes appearances. 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 lives vicariously through the old photographs she restores. She and her daughter Tess have no one, so they cling to the fantasy that a big, happy family is out there somewhere. When Natalie hires Olivia to help with her memoir, a summer at Natalie's beautiful vineyard by the sea seems the perfect opportunity to live out that fantasy.
But all is not as it seems at the vineyard in Rhode Island -- Natalie is not quite the mothering type. Simon Burke, who runs the vineyard's day-to-day operation, sees in Olivia and Tess an unwelcome reminder of the wife and daughter he tragically lost.
The Vineyard is a fascinating story of two women, a generation apart, each of whose dream becomes bound with the other. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] blend of pop psychology, wine-making lore, learning-disability theory and sensuality.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Delinsky continues to be a powerhouse figure in the mainstream fiction market. Her brand of storytelling proves to be a winner, time after time.” 

    RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars

  • “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

  • “Readers will learn about vineyard management and hurricanes when the estate is threatened by severe weather…Delinsky…has written another enjoyable novel.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Fernea | 2/16/2014

    " Barbara Dolinsky is one of the best romance writers around! She never fails to deliver. She never fails to tug at my heart. I believe that Tess is the best character in this book! She wrote her character so vividly and so perfectly that I could picture this child so clearly in my mind's eye! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.J. | 2/7/2014

    " This was such a good book. I hated to see it come to an end. Loved the storyline, the characters, and the knowledge about vineyards and photo restoration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/6/2014

    " This was a lovely book. Had history, love, friendships etc. A little predictable but all in all, a solid read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon Singleton | 2/1/2014

    " Simplistic, but entertaining If you like a good romance "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/29/2014

    " I think it might make a better movie than book. Not bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Phillips | 1/25/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delaney | 1/24/2014

    " This is a great light read. Delinsky is very descriptive and makes you feel like you are right there in the scene. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberlyn | 1/16/2014

    " a romance novel with some good vinticulture detail "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/14/2014

    " I love anything about vineyards! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 1/13/2014

    " I enjoy Barbara Delinksy's books and this one was no exception. No surprise that the single mom and widower, neither of whom is supposedly interested in a relationship, comes together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/1/2014

    " This was a fast and easy read. I liked the story and the setting, and that the story moved along quickly. I think I was just ready for a light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tally | 12/30/2013

    " Took me a while to get into...sometimes its like that with Barbara Delinsky...but I got into it and thought it was very well written and a lot of depth to characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 12/23/2013

    " I read this quite a while ago, was one of my first books by this author. As most of her books, I get wrapped up in the characters and couldn't put it down. I good emotional, light read that takes me away for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/11/2013

    " Quick read while traveling by train in Germany "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priya | 4/13/2013

    " Yeah, So I occasionally read fluff. This was interesting--I like how she interwove the history of the greatest generation in (from a woman's perspective)...and who doesn't love a vinyard...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/14/2013

    " I happen to like Barbara Delinsky but this book left much to be desired. It took me a long time to read this book since I could never get into it. It was an okay story but nothing really happened. And what did happen was some what predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glenda | 1/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 11/6/2012

    " Charming A nice beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 9/9/2012

    " This is a fairly predictable romance novel; romance novels are not my thing. But, I like to read one every now and again. This did have some interesting information on vinticulture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 7/14/2012

    " This was just a nice book. Barbara Delinsky always develops her characters so well. They really become your friends. And there are a lot of family issues dealt with in this one but everyone in that family is really a nice person. They just don't communicate well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uchelk | 5/11/2012

    " the vineyard was okay i guess. its one of those books about happiness and struggles in the vinetyard and the family. this book has a chapter about history too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babs | 12/10/2011

    " The author's level of research into an industry she was previously unfamiliar makes this book seemless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/24/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. Easy read but fun characters. I enjoyed the interactions. Great read for vacation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 7/23/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Butera | 7/21/2011

    " I remember reading this book and liked it...plus its set in Newport! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 6/6/2011

    " This might be classified as a light romance. It was mostly about family relationships. It's a gentle story that kept me reading, and there was a little mystery involved too. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 4/18/2011

    " This is a fairly predictable romance novel; romance novels are not my thing. But, I like to read one every now and again. This did have some interesting information on vinticulture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dragonfly | 10/31/2010

    " A good enough book but not one of my favorties by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uchelk | 9/11/2010

    " the vineyard was okay i guess. its one of those books about happiness and struggles in the vinetyard and the family. this book has a chapter about history too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 7/9/2010

    " Set in a vineyard. Olivia Jones and her dyslexia daughter Tess. Olivia spend the summer on Natalie Seebring's vineyard helping to write her memoirs.

    The book gives insights into the struggles of wine growing crops and insight into a child's dyslexia's issues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glenda | 4/30/2010

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 3/16/2010

    " Simplistic, but entertaining If you like a good romance "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 3/15/2010

    " Classic case of "Walk a mile in my shoes before you judge me!"
    We often think we know everything about our family members. We just as often have no idea what really goes on in their brains. Maybe more listening (or asking) is in order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/28/2010

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 11/29/2009

    " Okay...it was a random selection (on sale)...nothing too exciting...kept me company while on the road over the Thanksgiving break...I'm a better reader than a listener... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 9/24/2009

    " I have read many of her books and I loved this one. Read very quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 9/7/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book. I read it a while ago and still recommend it to my friend as it stuck with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberlyn | 8/13/2009

    " a romance novel with some good vinticulture detail "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 7/9/2009

    " I enjoy Barbara Delinksy's books and this one was no exception. No surprise that the single mom and widower, neither of whom is supposedly interested in a relationship, comes together. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.

About the Narrator

Lauren Mufson is a narrator and actress who has appeared on the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.