Eight Hundred Grapes

Finished Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

A breakout novel from an author who “positively shines with wisdom and intelligence” (Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I leave You). “Laura Dave writes with humor and insight about relationships in all their complexity, whether she’s describing siblings or fiancés or a couple long-married. Eight Hundred Grapes is a captivating story about the power of family, the limitations of love, and what becomes of a life’s work” (J. Courtney Sullivan, Maine).

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…

Bestselling author Laura Dave has been dubbed “a wry observer of modern love” (USA TODAY), a “decadent storyteller” (Marie Claire), and “compulsively readable” (Woman’s Day). Set in the lush backdrop of Sonoma’s wine country, Eight Hundred Grapes is a heartbreaking, funny, and deeply evocative novel about love, marriage, family, wine, and the treacherous terrain in which they all intersect.”

I absolutely loved this!  I love books about family and this is one of the best examples of that I’ve read in years.

This is just an incredibly sweet, perfect novel.  I thought I knew where it was going multiple times; I couldn’t have been more wrong at any of those times.

While the relationship between Georgia and her fiance is the center of the novel, I was much more interested in her relationship with her parents and brothers.  (I don’t have brothers, but this novel makes me wish I did.)

I can’t say enough good things about this book; I can guarantee you’ll enjoy it.

Recommended.

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