Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave #SRC2015

I received a complimentary book to help me write an honest review. I am participating in this year's BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge for the fun of it, reviews contain my own affiliate links for the books being read and discussed. #SRC2015

Another week, another great destination for our #SRC2015 reading journey. Remember, you can follow along and join in on the fun on BookSparks Facebook page or follow along with their FB Event Page.

 This stop takes us to Sonoma wine country and a look into love and family with:

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….

Eight Hundred Grapes is a story about the messy realities of family, the strength (and weaknesses) of romantic love, and the importance of finding a place to call home.

My Review

A beautiful portrait of the struggles without the perfectly imperfect family. I loved how author, Laura Dave, introduced flashbacks of parents Dave and Jen and the choices... perfect or imperfect, that they made along the way as we follow Georgia and her siblings through the current decisions they must make. I love how even the idyllic setting of a vineyard in Sonoma wine country came with it's own struggles.

My favorite scene in the book, by far, was the first meeting of Georgia and Jacob. Talk about humorous, off the wall and beautifully written!

This is a book about have-to-haves and the journey it takes us to realize what that is for each of us.

I whole-heartily recommend this book for your Summer reading list. And reading it along with a good glass of wine is highly recommended!

Laura Dave is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The First Husband, The Divorce Party and London Is The Best City In America. Her novels have been published in fifteen countries, and three of her novels, including Eight Hundred Grapes, have been optioned as major motion pictures. She resides in Santa Monica, California.


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