Title: Eight Hundred Grapes
Author: Laura Dave
260 pages, published June 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
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.
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…
have to grow, mold, squish 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."
I LOVED this book. Love, Love, LOVED this book. I alternately couldn't wait to finish it to find out what happened, and never wanted it to end because it was so amazing. I loved everything about it--the setting in Sonoma County, the characters, the family dynamic, everything about wine, and of course, Georgia's journey.
What I love about reading books in general is that books allow you to learn about things and places you otherwise wouldn't be able to. That is what I loved about this book--I learned so much about the winemaking process! I've visited many wineries (the area where I live is the Willamette Valley in Oregon) but I still learned a lot about the process in this book.
I loved the themes of this book--the theme of synchronization, keeping families together, and fate. It's the perfect summer read, and one of my favorites of 2015. The author's writing style was fantastic--it flowed effortlessly and I couldn't bear to put it down!
Now...who's up for some wine?
Overall rating for "Eight Hundred Grapes": 5 stars