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House of Daughters (House of Peine) [Paperback]

Sarah-Kate Lynch
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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books (29 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452289386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452289383
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Take care 7 Nov 2008
Readers should be aware that 'House of Daughters' is the American title for 'House of Joy'. If you have not already bought 'House of Joy',then do buy this one. It is a good story well told, with all the usual quirkiness that this author brings to all her work. The characters are three dimentional and you find yourself in turn both sympathising with them and getting thoroughly frustrated by them, just like any family! A super read, can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 16 April 2014
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Am now seeking more by this author, great characterisation, twists & turns - great read did not want to put it down - real treat
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Peine, Plenty of Sparkle 29 July 2008
By Marcia Conner - Published on Amazon.com
This is the same book as The House of Peine, retitled for the US market. Delightful read. Full of unexpected twists and turns. Although not quite the stop-everything else you're doing, mouth watering tales Lynch created in Blessed Are the Cheesemakers (also titled simply Blessed Are in the UK) and By Bread Alone (those two are not to be missed), this is very very good. Funny, sad, ironic, interesting and completely novel.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From S. Krishna's Books 7 Nov 2008
By skrishna - Published on Amazon.com
House of Daughters is the story of three estranged half-sisters. Clementine, the oldest, lives in a vineyard in France with their curmudgeonly old father, Olivier, and has helped him tend the vines since she was a girl. Clementine hasn't seen her younger sister, Mathilde, since she spent the summer with them years ago and cruelly broke Clementine's heart by pursuing the man she knew Clementine herself was in love with. But when Olivier dies and leaves the vineyard to his daughters, Clementine must share her prized vineyard with her infuriating half-sister. Even worse, it seems that Olivier had another daughter that neither Clementine nor Mathilde were aware of: Sophie. After her mother's death, Sophie was shuffled from foster home to foster home, after which she lived on the streets. The Peine vineyards are Sophie's one chance to find a family and a place to belong.

The only problem is that these sisters resent each other. Though Clementine and Sophie begin to grow closer, Mathilde still holds her sisters at arm's-length. She hides her insecurities under a shell of cruelty and malice, but she can't cower forever. Eventually Clementine and Mathilde's secrets are revealed as the three sisters work together to save the Peine vineyards.

House of Daughters is a repackaging of the popular UK book House of Peine, brought to shelves for the American market. U.S. readers will love the depiction of French vineyards and the details about making champagne. Lynch obviously did extensive research on the history of champagne and how it is made (as she details in the introduction), and it shows. In the book, she goes into exquisite details about champagne and all the processes of its making. For anyone interested in the process but not willing to read a dry nonfiction book, this novel is for you.

The story of the Peine sisters is also appealing. The bond between Clementine and Sophie is sweet and develops into a real sisterly connection. They look out for each other and, slowly, Clementine begins to trust that Sophie will not hurt her. The problem comes with Mathilde. She is so unpleasant that when her predictable turnaround finally comes (much too late in the book), it simply does not matter. The reader is never going to be able to like her despite how nice she acts or how damaged she was from her childhood. It would have been nice if her transformation could have come sooner; that way the character might actually have a chance with the reader. However, real life sometime gets in the way of a reader's pleasure, and it is understandable that a person that damaged would actually act that extreme.

House of Daughters is a cute story that will appeal to anyone who likes chick lit/women's fiction-type books, is interested in the champagne-making process, or enjoys books set in different countries (such as Under the Tuscan Sun).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Break out the champagne - this is fabulous! 4 Sep 2008
By M. S. Spary - Published on Amazon.com
I love all Sarah-Kate Lynch's work and House of Peine (House of Daughters in US) is the best yet. Three sisters inherit the family champagne house and have to learn a lot about themselves and the champagne making business in a hurry. Sexy, funny, sad and touching - this book is pure delight and considerably deeper than it might first appear.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version has problems 23 Nov 2009
By John Barry - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for a discussion group. The book itself is O.K. and is accurate with the descriptions provided by other reviews; it is definitely a "girly" story. Very little that is not predictable and all ends well.
The thing that bothered me in the Kindle version is that in haste to get the text into Kindle format, whoever did the typing must have had a sticky space bar as every page is rift with run-together words. This became extremely annoying and a distraction that hurt the story. A simple spell check would have solved all this distraction; shame on the publishers. Get your copy in hardback or paperback or at the least request a sample of the book to see if the problem annoys you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely drawn characters. 8 Nov 2012
By Mare99 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was selected by our book club. Two people out of 11 liked it. The others did not, mainly because of the negativity of the sisters, the cascade of terrible events, and the too sweet ending. I did enjoy the description of champagne making, and the author is good at using color in her descriptions.
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