Author: Laura Dave
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2015
Format: Audiobook, Narrated by Joy Osmanski
Why I Read This Book:
The book set right in the area where you live. There are many references to Sebastopol, California and the nearby towns of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa. That doesn’t happen often to me, so I thought it would be fun. In addition, I kept hearing about Eight Hundred Grapes in various places around the web and in magazines. It seemed like it would be a light “relationship” kind of book.
What the Book Is About:
“ . . . 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.”
What I Thought of the Book:
My overall reaction is that this is a “good, but not great” book. The idea of examining and comparing Georgia’s pending marriage, with that of her parent’s and bother’s marriages was a good premise for the story. I think it’s natural for soon-to-be-wed brides to look at the marriages of those she knows well. That made sense and was told well.
What didn’t make sense to me was her immature behavior. She acted like a spoiled child rather than a level-headed, professional attorney who had been trained to think from all the angles.
I had one other minor complaint: The narrator on the audiobook kept mispronouncing Sebastopol, the town where the story took place, I would have thought someone would have checked that out as the setting was an important part of the story.
I enjoyed watching Georgia examine her love of the winery and wine-making. I don’t claim to know a lot about winemaking, but I do live here close to Sebastopol. Wine makers are very passionate about their craft. The author included elements of winemaking such as harvest rituals that made for a fun and interesting read.
I can recommend reading Eight Hundred Grapes. Just don’t listen to it.