Title: Eight Hundred Grapes
Genre: Fiction/Romantic Elements
Author: Laura Dave
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, June 2015
Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 3
Description from Amazon.com:
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….
Once you start this book there will be no snack and potty breaks. You will be compelled to continue reading so shut off the phone. Laura Dave sucks us in immediately when we want to find out why Georgia Ford is driving furiously north from L.A. to Sonoma County. After that it is one surprise after another for both the reader and Georgia. Just when you start to get comfortable with how you figured things out there is another twist. Then there is all the truly fascinating information about winemaking. Delightful, that’s what this book is. True book readers’ joy. So why did I knock off half a point in my rating? As much as I enjoyed every twist and bump the drama got to be a bit excessive by the end. I also couldn’t follow a line of thinking between Georgia and Ben at times. It was as if the author expected me to intuit what each was thinking or feeling and I was just a bit lost. That may have been me, just being slow on the uptake. However you slice it this is a good read. I’m sure you’ll agree.
P.S.- Let’s hope that in Ms. Dave’s next book they give her a better cover.