ARC Book Review – Eight Hundred Grapes

Posted June 27, 2015 by Kathy in 3.5 Stars, Book Review / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Book Review – Eight Hundred GrapesEight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 2, 2015
Genres: Womens Fiction
Pages: 260
Source: Publisher
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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…

Purple My Review

Eight Hundred Grapes was a nice surprise. I was expecting a story of one woman’s road to healing. But Eight Hundred Grapes is about an entire family dealing with secrets and finding happiness and fighting to keep it.

Georgia Ford is days away from her wedding when she discovers her fiancé has been keeping a devastating secret. On impulse she goes to the one place she knows is safe – her family home. But when she arrives at the family Sonoma vineyard she discovers that her family has some secrets too. And just as one of the character teases in the story, the Ford family has so much drama going on they rival the 80’s soap opera Dynasty. Overall I liked this story. Georgia and her family have a strong bond. I especially liked the time spent with Georgia and her dad. This is written in dual point of views, alternating between Georgia and her dad. With her dad we discover the hard work he put in to start the vineyard. The hard decisions he had to make to support his family but still follow his dreams. There are winemakings analogies that I thought were used creatively and were thought provoking.

…hearing him talk of soil, about the importance of foundation. And she heard the rest. His belief, at the center of his winemaking, that with work, you can give something the strength at the beginning that it needs later on. Before it even knows how its going to need it.

But as much as I enjoyed this story I thought the pace in the beginning was too slow. Also I became frustrated with Georgia and her fiancé Ben. I would have been devastated with Ben’s secret and would have yelled and screamed at him. But Georgia kept it bottled inside and wanted to ignore it. The ending was predictable but it did give a nice closure.

This was my first time reading from author Laura Dave. I’ve been to the Sonoma and Napa Valley so the authors description of the settings made me feel as if I was there. Her writing flows smoothly and draws readers to make an emotional connection with the characters. As frustrated as I was with some of these characters I did understand their feelings of being lost. Eight Hundred Grapes was a nice departure from the romances I read. This was a fast read and perfect for a quick escape from reality. I recommend this to fans of Women’s Fiction (Chick Lit).


This book meets the COYER Summer Scavenger Hunt #76, a book set in the state you live (California).

Rating Report
Overall: three-half-stars

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  • 2015 New Release Challenge


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6 responses to “ARC Book Review – Eight Hundred Grapes

  1. I’ve been seeing the cover for this book everywhere, but haven’t actually taken the time to read anything about it. Its sounds like it could be a nice read when I’m in the mood for something laid back and with a slow pace. I’m definitely interested! Great review!