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ARC Review of Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

ARC Review of Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura DaveEight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 260
Source: Netgalley

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


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…

In ” An Oyster Shell- This book is an absolute heartwarming gem! A true Chick-Lit charmer, I recommend it highly.

The Pearls –From cover to title, I had a great impression of this book. I didn’t know what to expect but a book that involves love and wine how could you go wrong? In reading the description, I was reminded of one of my all time favorite chic-flicks Walk in the Clouds. If it didn’t have Keanu Reeves… I digress. I had to try this book.

This book had an amazing hook! The story draws you in with a surprising beginning and then it doesn’t stop. One moment after the next Georgia’s once predictable steady life just starts unraveling. The story open’s up with her running from something to the arms of her family that lives on a vineyard. It’s such a cozy story.

The character’s in this book were great. I thought the main character was unlikable at times because she seemed a bit like a spoiled brat. I am starting to get that having an MC that it’s a little bit abrasive does work. I don’t know how, but it can, and it did with Georgia. The supporting character’s were awesome. I loved though the main story focuses on Georgia, there is some flashback to her parents love story. Their story is important because it sets the story up for the family vineyard which is what the book is all about.

Which brings me to my last highlight of this book, the setting. A vineyard in California. It’s absolutely breathtaking and romantic with the author’s descriptions. I am absolutely smitten with this book. I hope you read it!

The Sand – I liked the book as is, I hope it becomes a movie.

*Update August 8, 2015 I just checked the author’s Goodreads and they are in the works of making this a movie. Squeal!

All in All, I give this book 5 pearls! It really is that good.

5 Stars

About Laura Dave

Laura Dave is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The First Husband, The Divorce Party and London Is The Best City In America. Her novels have been published in fifteen countries, and three of her novels, including Eight Hundred Grapes, have been optioned as major motion pictures. She resides in Santa Monica, California.

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  • Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair June 1, 2015, 4:44 am

    This sounds so interesting! I really love chic-lit, especially if they are well written. This one seems amazing and I’m adding it to my TBR list. Great review!
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    • Jessica June 2, 2015, 2:36 pm

      Aeriko… First of all, Amanda and I are always glad to see your comments. I love chic-lit too. I’ve come across some good ones. Another favorite of mine is Ms.Conception.

  • Joanna June 3, 2015, 11:30 am

    Ooo…I loved “walk in the clouds”. I’m gonna check it out!

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