Eight Hundred Grapes

Eight Hundred Grapes

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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Named "Best Book of the Summer" by Glamour * Marie Claire * US Weekly * Good Housekeeping * Cosmopolitan * Elle Magazine * Wine Enthusiast * Health Magazine * Metro New York * InStyle* Pop Sugar * CBS Local * BookTrib * AV Club * and as the #1 Library Reads Pick *

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 fianc#65533; 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 fianc#65533; is not the only one who's been keeping secrets....

Bestselling author Laura Dave has been dubbed "a wry observer of modern love" ( USA TODAY ), a "decadent storyteller" ( Marie Claire ), and "compulsively readable" ( Woman's Day ). Set in the lush backdrop of Sonoma's wine country, Eight Hundred Grapes is a heartbreaking, funny, and deeply evocative novel about love, marriage, family, wine, and the treacherous terrain in which they all intersect.

In this breakout novel from an author who "positively shines with wisdom and intelligence" (Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I leave You ), Laura Dave "writes with humor and insight about relationships in all their complexity, whether she's describing siblings or fianc#65533;s or a couple long-married. Eight Hundred Grapes is a captivating story about the power of family, the limitations of love, and what becomes of a life's work" (J. Courtney Sullivan, Maine ).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781476789255
Branch Call Number: DAV
Characteristics: 262 pages.


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Feb 12, 2018

This was a easy read, but mediocre story.... very predictable

Nothing seemed to happen ...even though lots of stuff started the book as would be shockers !

Georgia Ford, while attempting to run away from her upcoming nuptials after discovering her fiance has been hiding things from her, returns home to discover her family isn't exactly the way she left it. Her family has been keeping secrets from her, secrets that can tear them apart. As Georgia tries to find her footing again and understand everything that has changed, she tries to connect to her Sonoma County roots, and her family's wine making.

I was honestly hoping for more from this book. It is about family and secrets, and how sometimes those secrets can tear people apart. I really wanted to like it, but I just felt it was missing something.

ArapahoeKati Apr 26, 2017

A sparkling novel that hooked me on the first page. I fell in love with the family and the settings. A book to read on a warm summer night when you have hours ahead of you.

SPL_Stephanie May 04, 2016

This is a highly enjoyable book to read on a lazy rainy day or while basking in the sun with a glass of Merlot. I thoroughly enjoyed being brought into the picturesque vineyards in California.

The author's melange of scientific insight into the wine making process complemented the lighthearted tale of romance and family. With a few twists along way, this quick paced story is hard to put down.

Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy Georgia's adventure of making difficult decisions for the future and coming face-to-face with her past.

Mar 22, 2016

It's a quick read with a few twists. I'm sure you'll like it!

Feb 16, 2016

Set in California's beautiful wine country, EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES is a light diversion - perfect for a lazy day or when you're in between "heavier" books.

Jan 12, 2016

A good book to bring to the pool or to read on a weekend when you want something light while you sip some wine and relax.

Oct 30, 2015

I was provided an Advance Reader Copy of his book by Simon & Schuster for an honest review.

Georgia Ford shows up in her home in Sebastopol, California, after seeing her fiancé with another woman and a young child. She’s expecting her family to know how to help, to ground her and help her figure out how to move forward. However, each member of her family is already each having their own problems. To top off the multitude of issues in the Ford family, Georgia’s parents have decided to sell The Last Straw vineyard — where the children grew up, where their father became a well-known and successful winemaker. Georgia and the rest of the Fords need to figure out what they want in order to put their lives back into motion…but sometimes synchronicity is not so easy to find.

This book was a fictional look at reality — life is not always pretty and decisions are not always easy to make. Georgia alway wants control and tries to fix other people’s problems before tackling her own, which makes her a somewhat unlikeable character until she decides to start working on herself. There are some colorful characters: Jacob, the owner of the winery buying the Ford vineyard; Finn, one Georgia’s twin older brothers; and even Maddie, Ben’s daughter that he just met. “Eight Hundred Grapes” is a story of wine and the family who makes it — a story of how you should be careful of what you give up, because you might not end up with the ending you want.

SPL_Robyn Aug 10, 2015

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, August 2015

Jul 16, 2015

The review was good

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SPL_Robyn Aug 10, 2015

If ever a book was written to be turned into a movie, Eight Hundred Grapes is it. It’s got the setting (California’s Sonoma Valley), it’s got the subject (wine, appealing to the foodie in everyone), it’s got a runaway-bride heroine searching for herself (I see Rachel McAdams), a somewhat dysfunctional family, and both a hunky British suitor and an adorkable local match. And a few movie stars already in the mix. This is the next Under the Tuscan Sun, with slightly younger characters.

It starts when the runaway bride, Georgia, discovers an unfathomable secret about her fiancée, a week before their wedding and trans-Atlantic move to London. Shocked to the core, Georgia runs to the only place she can think of, her childhood home. But the shocks just keep coming – her brothers are feuding, her parents separated and the vineyard has been sold to a faceless corporation.

With her entire world upside-down, Georgia struggles to fix it, and makes things inevitably worse before they get better. Along the way the author takes readers back in time and into the lives of the other characters, drawing them with nearly as much depth. This makes it easy to see why Georgia cannot simply resolve everyone’s problems; everyone has their own private history, histories they have not necessarily shared with her completely.

And that is the way life is – complex, multi-layered, at times funny and at times cringeworthily messy. It all makes Eight Hundred Grapes a summery novel to savor (perhaps with a glass of California red).

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