Monday, May 25, 2015

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

What They Say.....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 fiancĂ© 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.

What I Say....I received this book from the Booksparks Summer Reading Challenge, and it was the perfect summer kickoff book.

I read it in two days floating around the pool.  My favorite way to pass the lazy summer days.

Georgia is getting her final wedding dress fitting when she spots something that will change her life (no spoilers here).  She takes off for her family vineyard, wanting to find some refuge in her childhood home, and walks straight into another visual shock.

The next day, she finds that pretty much everyone in her family is undergoing some type of romantic drama.  She spends the next few days trying to help everyone around her, including herself.

The dialogue is well-written, the location is beautiful, and the characters were all believable and well-written.  This isn't a compliment I give lightly, because hokey dialogue is my worst thing.  A book that makes me put down my phone and read it straight through in under two days is my best thing.

I could easily see this being made into a movie, similar to Troppers' "This is Where I Leave You", hopefully, without the awful miscasting (I'm looking at you, Tina Fey).

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