Barbara Delinsky is one of my favorite authors. I recently finished The Vineyard. It tells a parallel story of Olivia Jones and Natalie Seebring, women from two very different generations but each are strong in their own way.
Olivia Jones is a single mother of a dyslexic child, struggling to provide for her daughter not only the material necessities, but also the best possible education. At the same time she’s searching for her own mother who left when Olivia was old enough to be on her own. Olivia badly wants a family and even daydreams about discovering she’s the long lost [granddaughter, cousin, niece] of the Seebring family.
Natalie Seebring on the other hand is completely sure of who she is and where she fits in her family. Having grown up in the Depression era she understands the value of hard work and has made the family vineyard her life’s work. She also understands sacrifice, having given up the man she loved to marry a man whose family money would bolster the vineyard.
Ms. Delinsky weaves their stories together along with a taste of the bittersweet, some laughter and blossoming love. The historical snippets felt genuine and moved me while the descriptions of the vineyard and its management were interesting – I DO love my wine! I’d highly recommend this book!