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Review: Eight Hundred Grapes

June 4, 2015

Eight Hundred Grapes

Georgia is excited about her upcoming wedding to Ben until just a few weeks before their big day, she discovers that he’s keeping a secret from her – a secret that’s so big she’s not sure she can live with it.  She runs home to her family’s vineyard and finds out that other members of her family have secrets as well.  She needs to take some time to sort things out, but time may be running out.

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave is an exciting family drama with a romantic twist as well as a fun wine element.  Georgia’s life is in turmoil and it seems she can’t rely on any of her family the way she thought she could.  She has a tough decision to make and doesn’t know who to turn to so she runs home to the one thing she knows will be there for her – her family’s vineyard.   I really felt for Georgia and also found her annoying at times, which, to me, is the sign of a well written character.

I thought the vineyard and wine elements added a unique and interesting element to Eight Hundred Grapes and really enjoyed that aspect of the story.  In fact, I think I enjoyed it more than all the drama.  Still, I liked the book a lot and recommend it to fans of women’s fiction and/or wine.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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25 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2015 4:14 am

    What caught my attention is the book cover and of course, the title. Thanks for sharing your views on this book. Sounds interesting, and just wonder why eight hundred. 😉

  2. June 4, 2015 6:53 am

    I’ve been wondering about this book… the wine/vineyard element is very appealing!

  3. June 4, 2015 7:40 am

    I’ve enjoyed a couple of Laura Dave’s novels so I’m glad to see you recommend her new one.

  4. June 4, 2015 7:44 am

    I like the vineyard aspect of it. Not the wine which I know very little about. New author for me so thanks for the update.

  5. June 4, 2015 8:07 am

    I have this one to read next week…I love books set in vineyards with family issues going on. Thanks!

  6. June 4, 2015 8:24 am

    This one didn’t work as well for me, unfortunately. I found it somewhat predictable and it sort of blurred together with other “rom-com” type books. But, it seems to be working for some others!

  7. June 4, 2015 8:44 am

    I would enjoy the vineyard aspect also.

  8. Patty permalink
    June 4, 2015 9:05 am

    It was a fun book to read!

  9. bookingmama permalink
    June 4, 2015 10:29 am

    We talked about this one a little bit and I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it more than you did!

  10. Literary Feline permalink
    June 4, 2015 12:25 pm

    You’ve got me curious about what all those secrets could be! I am glad you enjoyed this one, Kathy.

  11. June 4, 2015 1:21 pm

    I’ve heard good things about this author and the setting of the vineyard and how it operates makes this a different sort of read, which also makes it special right off the bat!

  12. June 4, 2015 3:07 pm

    I would probably enjoy the wine aspects of the story too

  13. June 4, 2015 3:14 pm

    Sounds like a good summer read, though I’m not crazy about the cover.

  14. June 4, 2015 4:26 pm

    drama + wine? sounds like a fantastic beach read! So glad you shared this one. . .making my list of books to take with me on vacation!

  15. June 4, 2015 6:37 pm

    I just got this one from the library. Not my typical read but the wine thing got me.

  16. June 4, 2015 6:49 pm

    I read one of her previous novels and really liked it, and I have this one on my shelf to read soon.

  17. June 4, 2015 7:16 pm

    I love books like these that have a nice plot and are set in a very specialized setting, like a vineyard in this case.

  18. June 4, 2015 7:40 pm

    I love the … “and or wine”. description. Thanks for your thoughts.

  19. June 4, 2015 8:20 pm

    This book is high on my wish list. Glad to hear you found it a worthwhile read!

  20. June 4, 2015 11:51 pm

    The wine elements are definitely appealing!

  21. June 5, 2015 12:05 am

    This sounds interesting and I do love wine!

  22. June 5, 2015 7:54 am

    This one is on my TBR list; I like the wine element too.

  23. Beth F permalink
    June 6, 2015 7:54 am

    This is on my list, and like the others have said, the wine aspect is calling me.

  24. June 7, 2015 2:32 pm

    You had me at wine 🙂 I liked this author’s first book so I’ll have to get this one!

  25. redladysreadingroom permalink
    June 7, 2015 5:29 pm

    This sounds like a great summer read….family drama, romance and wine!! I’m looking forward to reading this one soon. I’ve not read any books by this author. P.S. I’m back to blogging and would love it if you and other readers could visit me! Thanks!!

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