Published by Simon & Schuster on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Family, Family & Relationships, Women's Fiction
Hardcover provided by BookSparks
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…
I just finished reading Eight hundred Grapes. I found it hard to put down once I got to know everyone. There was much to love about this heartwarming story.
Georgia just walked out on her dress fitting for her wedding. She found out her boyfriend has been harboring a secret and now she is not sure she wants to marry him at all. She runs home to her family’s vineyard and finds things are much different there. Her family is full of secrets. From her parents to her brothers, the secrets are tearing them apart. A full cast of characters carry Georgia to make a decision about who to love and where to live the rest of her life.
I really enjoyed this story. The author didn’t pull any ridiculously cute hijinks to make this humorous. It is genuinely tender in it’s honesty. The people we leave to become aren’t always better than what we would have been if we never left. I loved learning about all of Georgia’s family. Their imperfections made this story a delight to read. Each of them went though something in this tale and not all of it was good. Her friends and acquaintances were full of entertaining life as well.
I know absolutely nothing about wine, so that aspect didn’t really matter to me in choosing this book. What did matter to me, and what made all the difference when the story got a bit technical, was that there was a lot of passion in the wine maker. I can’t say I learned too much about wine making by reading this. In this story I could easily see how wine making could take over someone’s whole life and be the thing that defines them.
I would say that even though I liked this book, it was more of an acquired taste.This book includes characters struggling with infidelity, divorce, child rearing, surprise pregnancies, lost love, and aging. It is women’s fiction, to be sure, but it also tackled some heavy topics which might make some people have strong opinions about how the characters should respond to challenges. Each character faces something and then makes a decision about how to proceed. It is not all black and white. This book goes through the many shades of grey that might make someone happy. If you want a super happy ending where everyone does the right thing, look elsewhere. If you enjoy a bit of realism in your characters, I would say give this a try. I really enjoy it.
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