Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Title: Eight Hundred Grapes
Author: Laura Dave
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publication Date: 2nd June 2015
Pages: 272
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… 

My Thoughts: 
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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31 comments:

  1. It sounds like a wonderful book

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    1. hope you get your hands on this one B :)

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  2. I was drawn in by Brandie's reviw too and some of the other reviews I have read were all positive. Laughing at your summing up of the characters, especially Ben. I look forward to reading it. Without the wine unfortunately, once bought some red wine, opened it with much of it hitting the ceiling and then only to find I couldn't drink it because it caused reflux. Just have to be unhealthy!

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    1. Hope you like it too Kathryn, bummer about the reflux though. Is it only red wine that causes it? ... with white wine, sweet is my thing, I like moscato and yet my palate for reds is much more adventurous lol

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  3. Wasn't it good! I really enjoyed it - love messy family dynamics.

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    1. my favourite family dynamic to read about lol

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  4. This sounds really good! I love a story where I want to kick the guys butt! LOL!!!!!

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    1. I think you'll like this one Julie :)

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  5. I've seen this book all around this summer. Quite the summer story and I love reading about messy families. :-)

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    1. it seems many of us like the messy family premise ... keeps it real I guess, or makes us feel better about our own messy stuff lol

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  6. I look forward to this one on the Big Screen, too...and yes, Georgia made me a little crazy, too! I wanted to shake her a little and say "make a decision!" LOL

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. lol Laurel, glad I wasn't the only one ;)

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  7. Got this one on audio and look forward to it.

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    1. keen to see what you think of the audio version Nise, I'll keep an eye out for your review!

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  8. I've seen a lot of glowing reviews of this one, and the northern California wine country setting appeals to me. I agree this seems like it would be a good movie. Great reviews, and love that quote! :)

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    1. thanks Greg, the author seemed to have an intimate knowledge of wine country.

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  9. Totally legit Weekend Cooking. I write about wine and other adult beverages all the time! I have this book on my list. Can't wait to get reading.

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    1. lol thanks Beth. Can't wait to see what you think :)

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  10. Wine and a book, what's not to love?

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  11. I have this one but haven't read it yet; it does sound like a perfect summer read.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did Diane.

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  12. I haven't seen this Obie or read the book but you have me sold! I like books where wine figures prominently!

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    1. lol Tina, happy to be a book enabler, hope you enjoy this one :)

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  13. Sounds like a good read :) Glad to hear there's a movie in the works as well.

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    1. Might be a way off but I'd definitely see the movie. Thanks for stopping by Bidisha :)

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  14. I've got a copy of this to read for review and it is pretty popular at the library. I am glad you liked it even though the protagonist was frustrating at times. Hopefully I will enjoy it too. I'm kind of interested in learning more about wine making so the setting sounds appealing also. Nice review!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it too Christina, I'll keep an eye out for your review!

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  15. I love your review!! And I'm so glad you enjoyed it - makes me happy when my friends end up enjoying the same books as me. :)

    I didn't realize it was already optioned for a movie!! That's great - I can't wait!

    Love the picture, too. Two of my favorite things. lol.

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    1. me too ... nice to share the book love. We both have good taste LOL

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  16. Wonderful review, this is on my wishlist and I've thought about going the audio route with this one.

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