The Vineyard

The Vineyard

by Michael Hurley


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Dory Delano, Charlotte Harris, and Turner Graham have been drifting through life since their days as roommates at Smith College, ten years ago. Dory is resisting taking the reins of her family's legacy and fortune even as she relishes the fabulous lifestyle it affords her in the fashionable seaside resort of Martha's Vineyard. She invites her old friends to join her for a summer on the Vineyard in hopes of rediscovering the innocence of old days and healing new wounds. But hidden in their midst and unknown to all but a few, a reclusive--some say dangerous--fisherman wanders alone, fueling wild speculation about his purpose and his past. None of these women can imagine the events their encounter with the fisherman will set in motion, the shadow he will cast over their destinies, or the transformation that awaits the world they know.

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ISBN-13: 9780976127574
Publisher: Ragbagger Press
Publication date: 11/15/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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The Vineyard 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
What I Thought: Just like the lotus represents purification and rebirth, as it grows out of the murky depths, this book is about the rebirth an building of new lives.  At the beginning of the story, we are met with dark times, as one of the main characters is considering and planning to take her life, after some unfortunate incidents have left her struggling to cope. We meet up with the rest of the ladies , whom all went to secondary school together.  As they all meet up for an bit of a reunion at the vineyard, things start to change for them. As one of our main characters attempts to take her life, she meets with a strange man called ' the fisherman.' We follow along as events and happenings change these ladies' lives forever, and ultimately bring them closer than ever.  I liked the writing and level of detail this story offered. It was written very well and had a decent flow. I did find that some moments were really hard to read, and the flow of the story was a bit broken.  However, it was the premise of the story and some of the references that turned me away. I just found I couldn't get into it, as I felt as though the references and the number of them felt too forced. It really also made it hard for me to relate to the story. 
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
The Vineyard grabbed my attention as soon as I started reading and the first part of the book is still my favorite part of the story.  Three college friends, Charlotte, Dory and Turner reunite at Dory's place in The Vineyard ten years after seeing other.  Each with their own personal soul searching story that interlinks making the story flow together, keeping you well and truly intrigued, grasping you to read on. As I mentioned I was drawn to one particular character in the story, Charlotte, who's sadness and despair weighed far too heavy for her that she could no longer carry on.  What happens next will have your undivided attention and gives you the understanding of the true face of suicide, the author I felt did an amazing job with this.   The story is a lot more than the girls reunion, we also have an elusive spiritual figure known by locals as 'The Fisherman', to the girls as 'Enoch', who seems to have miraculous gifts of kindness and healing.  This innocent, beautiful soul wants peace and beauty in the world and for the people in it and he will help the girls in their time of need in ways they certainly would not expect.  Yet not everyone sees The Fisherman in good light. There is some sexual content in the story so I would recommend this for adults. Certainly a reminder that if we slowed down in our lives we would find the real person we want to be.  A story of faith, real friendship and mystery after mystery that keeps you reading on to find out more.
misteedawnw More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved reading this book! It had so many different themes – but faith and friendship were definitely at the forefront. The friendship that existed between the three main characters – Dory, Charlotte and Turner – was not only fascinating to me, but also was very enjoyable to read. I could relate to their friendship and it gave me great joy to read about it. I could relate also, to all three women in one aspect or another. I could relate to Charlotte because of the love she had for her child and how she would do absolutely anything to make sure that she did all she could for her child, in life and in death. I could relate to Dory because of the very complicated relationship she had with her mother. And the daily struggle she felt with wanting to please her mother, yet wanting to plow her own way in life. And I could relate to Turner because I understand what it is like to feel like you need to be more than what you feel that you are. This book was extremely well-written and thought provoking. I was glued to the book with every turn of the page. I was genuinely interested in what would happen to these three women. The book was intriguing and I loved every minute of it. I highly recommend that you check it out! 
HeatherJG More than 1 year ago
This is a powerful story of friendship and life. It tackles powerful messages and emotions that these friends work through. This book will make you think about and question things far bigger than yourself. It's a great read and I highly recommend it.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Three women - Dory, Charlotte and Turner reunite on Martha's Vineyard for a summer and each one of them is bringing baggage that hopefully they can avoid for a summer.  Although it started in quite a low spot, it picked up pace and completely turned a corner for me.   Dory, Charlotte and Turner are all dealing with completely different issues.  I loved how they all had different things going on, but it didn't seem outrageous that three friends would be dealing with these things at the same time.  I loved how they each could help each other and had somewhat of unbiased views into each others problems.  
Algene More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that this is one of the best books I've read in 2014. I highly recommend that you read this book to find out how Enoch was able to affect the lives of Charlotte, Turner and Dory. In this book by Michael Hurley, he showed everyone the value of having great friendships and knowing how to deal with circumstances in our lives. He presented several personal challenges that will make readers think. I love how he was able to come up with the characters in The Vineyard. Every character is truly interesting. It seems like every reader would be able to relate to this amazing book. It's perfectly written and an absolute must-read.
dedaDL More than 1 year ago
The Vineyard is a story about three good friends each living very different lives. How their joys and sorrows changed their lives forever. Once I picked  up the book I was unable to put it down. Who was the man with the blue Jeep? Do miracles happen or do people make miracles happen? Why was one not saved? So many questions - all answered! Very good read - I have recommended this book to our monthly book discussion.
WordsofaSAHM More than 1 year ago
Michael Hurley did a wonderful job with this book! Reading The Vineyard has made me want to read his first book, The Prodigal! After reading this one, I can understand why he has won awards for his writing & books! His writing is so vivid and realistic. This is not a book that I would pass down for Michael to read because there are some adult situations that he just doesn’t need to be introduced to just yet (He is only 8.) However, I will be loaning this book to my mom, who I believe I got my love of reading from! The book is a good read with a great story line that will make you root for the ladies in the book! Like Mysteries? Check this book out!!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
The Vineyard is a touching, reflective novel. Ten years after spending their college days together, three women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Dory struggles with the high expectations put on her by her family and the vast wealth of her family heritage, and rebels against it, wanting a life of her own – even though she doubts her family will ever allow it. Charlotte has just lost her daugther and plans to commit suicide, taking her daughter’s ashes into the ocean. She can’t cope with the sadness anymore. And then there’s Turner, who has no goals in life besides her blog, and is still trying to find out who she is and who she wants to be, a lost soul. Charlotte goes out to commit suicide, and is saved by a mysterious figure known only as ‘the fisherman’. Turner wants nothing more than to reach celebrity status, but she doesn’t have more than a handful of followers on her blog, until she begins to blog about the fisherman, and his miracles, exaggerating them more than once. Dory too has an encounter with the mysterious ‘fisherman’, an encounter she won’t soon forget. As all three women undergo a metamorphosis during their time on the island, and ever since their encounter with the fisherman, it leads them on a journey of absolution, of self-discovery, of finding something worth living for. I enjoyed these parts of the book, the deep explorations of the human psyche, of the healing power of friendship. These parts stood out from the others. An other great part of the book was how developed the secondary characters were – they too were complex and interesting. The writing is excellent, and the author manages to craft some magnificent scenes, and makes it easy for the reader to picture the scenes. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that you will want to read more than once. I was so wrapped up in the characters and the author's ability to make them so involved. The characters were flawed and dealt with real life issues. As their secrets started to be told, and the women got closer to the fisherman, I wondered what would happen next. There is a lot to be said about a book that reminds me of people I know, and places I have been. This book does both. There is also The Fisherman was was interesting and I was definitely drawn to his character and why he was a recluse. His relationship with these women will change their lives forever, the fun part is how? I have read other books by this author, and I am always satisfied. I am giving this book a 4/5. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
EbethTowns More than 1 year ago
“His name was Enoch, which didn't much matter, because almost no one knew his name or referred to him as anything other than  “the fisherman." This is a line from Michael Hurley’s The Vineyard which is so pivotal and foreboding. I am reminded of my rhetorical english class as an undergrad where much posturing and discussion was had over such a turn as this, and rightfully so. On that one  sentence a lot of this novel turns. Enoch, the fisherman, the prophet, knows a lot about the lives of the 3 college roommates who come,  together, to Martha’s Vineyard for this moment, this encounter that should be something, anything, to this time of individual turmoil in their lives. Hurley comes from inside of each character’s life and pulls us in, captivating us with the complexities of Dory, whose family name is both a privilege and an albatross;  Charlotte, grieving the death of her daughter, her marriage and her life; and Turner, without direction  and with nothing to anchor her except the one creation that centers her. Dory invited Charlotte and Turner, to spend the summer with her at her family home in Martha’s Vineyard, and their lives intertwine and unfold from their as the fisherman’s presence work to change  not only them, but the whole town. The Vineyard is story about the strong connection of strength and endurance of friendship, awakening of religiosity, hints of existentialism, and intricacies of faith. Plus much, much more.
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
I love to read, mainly because of all the wonderful places you can travel to through books. But there’s something about reading a book that takes place in a place you know. This book was a great read not just because it takes place on an island that I love to visit.  The way the author describes the characters that is so magical that I felt like I knew them. It’s a story about friendship that goes beyond the years. I read this book in 2 days (interruptions because of the boys) because I just couldn’t put it down. It’s as if this book grabbed me, and wouldn’t let go. You must read this captivating and intriguing book to experience the spirit of it. I highly recommend…The Vineyard.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
Are you looking for a change of pace? This book has it in spades! Typically, I have been reading lighter, romantic or humorous books, but every once in a while I need something deeper. Hurley provided just what I needed.  We begin the story with Charlotte, and instantly feel for her! She is facing such a struggle in her life and you just want to reach out and hold her tight. Slowly the other women are woven into the story, each with a  struggle of their own. Still, Charlotte's story held me tightest. She, for me was the most deserving of the Fisherman's attention.  Martha's Vineyard is a place that oozes charm and money. I really enjoyed seeing how the other half lives, as well as the regular folk of the Vineyard. Hurley did a great job showing both sides in this story, even if it was skewed toward the richer half of the island. 
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
This is a novel about three women in their thirty's who have been very close since their college days. Dory comes from money and lives in Martha's Vineyard. She is the epitome of the spoiled rich girl who is in all the right social circles and knows all the right people, and doesn't really know what she wants from life. She invites her two closest friends to spend the summer with her. Charlotte, the first of the friends to arrive has decided to commit suicide. Her child has died and the Church will not bury her because she had not been baptized yet. Her husband divorced her. Turner, an angry woman, poor as a church mouse is the third. A man known only as the fisherman will turn all their lives as well as the towns around-- This novel was confusing to me in parts trying to figure out where I was exactly in the story. Human fragility abounds throughout. The ending is sad and uplifting all at the same time. It is well worth the read.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Vineyard is a riveting multi-layered tale about the bonds of friendship; deep secrets; troubled personal lives and relationships; faith, hope and healing. College friends Dory Delano, Charlotte Harris, and Turner Graham reunite for the summer on Martha's Vineyard ten years after their college graduation. Each of women have lived very different lifestyles; have dealt with personal challenges, trials, and tribulations; yet have maintained a strong bond of friendship. Their bond of friendship will be tested when an encounter with a reclusive fisherman threatens to forever change the way they view their life and the world around them. Dory Delano is a member of one of the most established and wealthy families on Martha’s Vineyard. She has lived a life of privilege, but she desperately wants a life filled with love and passion. Dory's encounter with the reclusive fisherman and his prophesy that she has breast cancer will change her life forever. Charlotte Harris is a lost soul after the loss of her child Madeleine, and then the demise of her marriage. She comes to Martha’s Vineyard with the express intent to end her life. The first night on the island, Charlotte leaves Dory’s home to do commit suicide, but fate brings the fisherman who intervenes and miraculously saves Charlotte from dying. As her story unfolds,  Charlotte suffering is massive, but the encounter with the fisherman helps her to survive against all odds.    Turner Graham is at loose ends in her life. She has dreamed of becoming a writer and has a blog with a handful of followers. But Turner's blogging gets out of hand when she blogs about the events of Charlotte attempted suicide and the“miracle” that kept her alive. And if that doesn't cause enough of a stir, Turner's exaggerated blog posts goes viral, and demands from the public to know more about the reclusive fisherman causes more turmoil in her life. Author Michael Hurley weaves an intriguing tale that easily draws the reader into the story. As the three college friends come together on Martha's Vineyard, their bonds of friendship and lives are intertwined as they deal with their private turmoils. Each of these wounded women's lives will forever be altered and transformed when they encounter the reclusive fisherman, a mysterious and prophetic man who knows personal things about each of them, things that no one else could ever have known. The author does a wonderful job of delving into the complexity of the three women's lives and intertwines it with the mystery of the reclusive fisherman. This is a gripping story that will captivate the reader as the story unfolds with richly detailed description into the lives of the three women and the fisherman, and intriguing twists and turns that will keep the reader turning the pages until the pivotal and life changing conclusion. The Vineyard is a compelling and thought provoking story about the strong connection of friendship and the complexities of life experiences and choices, and the ability to have faith and find a way to overcome, survive, heal, and move forward.