Review: Eight Hundred Grapes

Eight Hundred Grapes, Laura Dave

Published June 2nd 2015 by Simon & Schuster

Hardcover, 260 pages

Source- e-ARC from NetGalley

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There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide…

Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.

But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.

Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…

A book about wine?  Yes please!

Georgia walks out of her wedding dress fitting and goes home to her parents’ vineyard looking for comfort. Instead she is confronted not only with her soon to be wedding venue and with the fact that all of her family members are keeping secrets.  Her parents have secrets from her, her twin brothers have secrets from each other – secrets are being discovered nearly until the end of the book!  I won’t ruin the secrets for you but there were some big ones!  I enjoyed the family dynamics and of course I totally enjoyed the wine.  I thought the descriptions of Sonoma and of the winemaking process was really interesting- maybe not for everyone though I could see that being a bit dry for some.

Who will still be in love in the end and which family members will still be speaking I won’t tell you -but I enjoyed the fighting and the dramatics and of course the making-up.  I enjoyed the romance, even if it was a bit predictable in the end.

Georgia tries to “fix” all her family members more than than working on her own life at times which got a bit frustrating for me.  I wanted her to kind of suck it up and make decisions – and clearly the decisions that I felt were right.  But she did come around and I appreciated that she made decisions for herself- not just for her fiance or her parents.

If you’re in the mood for chick lit this was a fun book to read with a glass or two of wine.

Thank you Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for this advance copy in exchange for an honest opinion!

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4 Comments

  1. This one didn’t work as well for me…I found it predictable (like you said) and having glaring elements of other books and movies that gave it a “been there, done that” vibe. But, I did like learning about wine making! And the whole tension b/w artisanal vineyards and and “corporate” vineyards…

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