Author: Laura Dave
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publication Date: 2nd June 2015
Book Source: own purchase
Synopsis: 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…
I'm drawn to stories about family dynamics and secrets and wine and Brandie's glowing review had me pushing this to the top of my reading list. Thanks for giving me a new author to stalk Brandie ;)
A week before her wedding Georgia discovers her fiance Ben has been keeping secrets. She hightails it back to the family vineyard and finds her family unraveling with secrets of their own.
Set on a Sonoma vineyard, Eight Hundred Grapes has a wonderful sense of place. I loved the details on the wine varieties and the winemaking process especially since Georgia's father is a biodynamic winemaker.
I liked Georgia but she also frustrated me, her on-again-off-again indecision drove me a little nuts but I guess she just had to get there in her own time. Ben ... hmm I actually thought he was a bit of a dick. It didn't really lessen my enjoyment of the story, probably because there was so much to love.
Eight Hundred Grapes is about about family, love, forgiveness and finding your place and it left me smiling.
A gorgeous summery read to enjoy while
guzzling savouring a
glass of wine.
"You have to grow about eight hundred grapes to get just one bottle of wine. If that isn't an argument to finish the bottle, I don't know what is." - Anonymous
I'm linking up to weekend cooking because wine totally counts as a food group ... right?
Fox 2000 has optioned the movie rights, this will be wonderful on the big screen.
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