Review: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Expected Publication: June 2, 2015
Format: NetGalley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Challenges: 2015 NG/EW and 2015 SRC
Rating: 4/5
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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 love this tale of Georgia who with a week before her wedding comes home to the family vineyard when she realizes her life is falling apart at the seams. What would you do if as you are having your wedding dress fitting you look out and see your fiancé with a famous actress and child? Going down the street in full gown she finds out he has a child he never mentioned. Mad and upset she goes back home for comfort and hoping for support from her parents when she is hit with another surprise…her mother with another man. Georgia just keeps getting hit after hit with family secrets that are about to boil over and change everyones lives. Her parents’ divorce is just the tip of the iceberg.

She soon learns that her beloved family vineyard is being sold to big corporation the one thing her father never wanted. She is torn between her job and her passion for the vineyard she is the only one besides her father who doesn’t want to part with it. Now she is determined to go head to head with the owner and not surprisingly there is a little underlying attraction. She must decide what direction she wants her life to go. Will she go with her heart or do what is expected of her? This is the story of secrets and how while some can destroy things sometimes they can bring amazing results in the end. I fully enjoyed this story of family and realizing what you truly needed and wanted is right there in front of you all along.

    About Laura
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.



  1. This one actually turned out much better than I'd expected, Monica; I really enjoyed it! I loved the family and the winery; there were some great characters, too. Great post!

    1. Thanks I didnt think I would like the whole winery thing but I loved the family aspect of it.

  2. I think that we both enjoyed this book in equal amount. Georgia wasn't always my fave, but she was exactly the character that she needed to be to make the story what it was. Nice review.