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Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel

Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel

Scritto da Laura Dave

Narrato da Joy Osmanski


Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel

Scritto da Laura Dave

Narrato da Joy Osmanski

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Pubblicato:
Jun 2, 2015
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9781442386280
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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).

What if your beloved fiancé, he of the crinkly smile and the irresistible British accent, had kept a life-changing secret from you? And what if, just a week before your dream wedding, you discovered it?

When these questions become realities for bride-to-be Georgia Ford, she does the only thing that seems to make sense. She runs. She hops in her car and drives through the night, from Los Angeles to Sonoma, to her safe haven, to her messy and loving family, and their acclaimed family winery. Georgia craves the company of those who know her best, and whom she truly knows. And, on the eve of the harvest, Georgia knows she'll find solace-and distraction-in familiar rituals. But when Georgia arrives home, nothing is at all familiar. Her parents, her brothers, the family business, are all unrecognizable. It seems her fiancé isn't the only one who's been keeping secrets. And, much to Georgia's dismay, it seems likely that this harvest may be the family's last.

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.
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Informazioni sull'autore

Laura Dave is the national and international bestselling author of several critically acclaimed novels including Eight Hundred Grapes and The First Husband. Her work has been published in eighteen countries and five of her novels, including The Last Thing He Told Me, have been optioned for film and television. She resides in Santa Monica, California.


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  • (3/5)
    The book was okay. I felt connected enough to finish the book, but I found myself not caring much what happened to the characters. I loved the setting and found the bits about winemaking interesting. Maybe I'd like a trip to Sebastopol.
  • (4/5)
    The story was good but again the audible version had a narrator that I wasn't a fan of. But the story was enjoyable and kept me entertained.
  • (4/5)
    The main theme to Eight Hundred Grapes is that one horrible life experience can change the course of numerous lives.
    When Georgia runs into serious relationship trouble a week before her wedding she runs for the safety of her childhood home and finds that many of her loved one's lives are in shambles too. As Georgia navigates her own journey to self discovery, she begins to uncover the underlying troubles of some of the most important people in her life. Her journey is an amazing one, but the addition of all of the varied cast of characters is what makes this book such a pleasant read.
    Georgia came across as too childish for my taste for the first half of the book, but it was her actions that were most important to the outcome, so who am I to complain? Besides, it was essential to the story that she felt her way through some very important decisions that would impact so many, but very realistically, she didn't always recognize the power in that. I adored Jacob, and knew that I would from the moment that he broke onto the scene. He is just the real deal. Secondly, I enjoyed Georgia's parents who are wonderfully loving, patient, and were gifted in offering guidance in the most beautiful unobtrusive way.
    The descriptions and scene setting concerning the winery was nice, but a clear case of too much of a good thing. The wine making lingo and facts slowed the story done, especially in the first half.
    I anxiously awaited what direction Georgia would take, as well as her families. There was no telling for the longest time because Laura Dave wrote a book that seemed incredibly realistic, and we never know what decisions people will make and what the impact will be. Without giving anything away here, I will simply say that the end was complete, fulfilling, and absolutely beautiful.
  • (5/5)
    "A novel - a small tale, generally of love = Dr. Johnson's DICTIONARY"Adding to all the great reviews, I loved reading this book the first two timesand will save it for more Good Feeling reading. Yes, both Georgia, her brothers, and her parents' endings were too wrapped up:it would have been more welcome to leave an opening for a sequel, without Ben,seeing if Dad could really give up making sure she got the right help and givingGeorgia and Jacob some real challenges before a Happy Ending.A truly great introduction to American wine making!
  • (5/5)
    I am so thrilled when I come across a previously unknown to me author, a 5-star book, that just takes me by surprise. One I immediately purchase, recommend and gift to friends, reread, and put that author on my 'must-read' list. Often it is something intangible, but it all comes together in a sublime wonderful read. Eight Hundred Grapes is about family, relationships, second chances. The characters relationship with the land is inextricably wound into the story, making the location a quiet presence. Well done, and thank you Laura Dave!
  • (3/5)
    (There are spoilers in this review) Better than your average chick lit. I really enjoyed the discussion of winemaking and the growth of Sonoma County and related to abandoning a growing legal career (I did the same.) In the end though, this was a pretty irritating tale of a woman with few real problems who turns every choice and issue into her personal melodrama. Two amazing guys are interested in me what shall I do?! My boyfriend had a secret baby with a movie star (?!?) conceived before he ever met me and waited a few months to tell me! His whole life changed, but I will never ask him how he is doing because clearly this is all about me. My parents are splitting up and though I am an adult with a house and a job I still make this all about me! My parents sold our family home and business and though I am an adult with a home and a job I still make this all about me as well! My brothers are in a serious fight about something that has nothing to do with me, and yet I can make this all about me too! This is why I don't read chick lit, the protagonists are always so self involved, their vision so small, I can never seem to care how their lives turn out.
  • (4/5)
    This is a wonderful book. I loved the story and twists along the way to the end.
  • (4/5)
    I have been in a reading slump lately. This was the book I needed to get me out of it. Families can be complicated, difficult, strange, but they are ours. A lot of family dilemmas in this book, but thru it all, you could read the love. A thoroughly enjoyable read...weather at the beach, or home.
  • (1/5)
    It feels unfair to leave a review for a book I can’t even finish but here we go. Have you ever wanted an Alanon meeting to come out with a life time movie? If so this is the book for you
  • (4/5)
    Georgia discovers that her fiance has been hiding parts of his life from her so she escapes home where she knows where she stands ... except that even her family are hiding things from her. I could relate to Georgia's difficulty in coping with being kept in the dark. How she comes to resolve her relationships with her fiance and her parents in particular makes the story most compelling. She is wishy washy at times, but she eventually gets there.
  • (3/5)
    I feel torn about the rating for this book, which probably truly clocks in at 3.5 stars. For a decent part of this novel, I felt slightly annoyed with its protagonist, Georgia. Georgia returns to her parents' home in disgrace a few days before her wedding, after finding out her fiance has been keeping a crazy secret from her.

    Her parents' home is a vineyard in California, where Georgia grew up with her older twin brothers, Finn and Bobby. She expects to find the comfort she always experienced as a kid (but also ran away from - she's very clear that she left the vineyard for a life as a more glamorous lawyer). But upon arriving home, she finds that no one is really happy -- not her parents, not Bobby and his wife, and not Finn.Yet, she finds herself longing for life at the vineyard more and more, even as everything is falling apart around her. Hmm.

    There are several plotlines in this novel that, when combined, all seem a little ludicrous. Georgia's fiance Ben's secret involves a movie star. The crazy issues between the brothers. The problems and arrangement between her parents. What happens with the vineyard. Even the ending. One or two of the storylines, perhaps, I would have found more believable. All together, it is a bit much. Add in Georgia's constant vacillating (I'm getting married! I'm not! I am!), and it gets to be a bit old.

    However, I have to cut Georgia some slack, as I realize, despite the lawyerly job and upcoming wedding, she's young, and she has had quite a shock. She eventually grew on me a bit as the storyline progressed and she herself grew up a bit. And, as silly and as "neat" (as in, neatly tied up) the ending was, it warmed my heart a bit and made me end the book on a good note.

    Still, I think I may pick up a Michael Jordan biography next. I'm a little tired of flighty thirty-somethings! Time for a clever, genius, and sometimes angry athlete for a change of pace.
  • (5/5)
    Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura DaveStarts out with Georgia Ford and she recalls her parents first meeting. The vineyard she grew up with and she runs home to, only to find things not normal.She had just learned something about her fiance that will break them up-there are to be married in a weeks time. At her parents she finds her mother there, but not her father...Love learning what 800 grapes title means. Story also follows her mother, cello player and her lover a famous conductor. She wanders the fields looking for her father who's doing the harvest this year.All the chores to be done to the grapes are described. After she talks to her father and brother she learns more new things that she never expected to hear about. There are things she didn't know about her brothers also, as if she had lived under a rock for the past several years.She's a lawyer and feels comfort in going home, to confront those about the sale. Jacob MacCarthy is the owner of the vineyard, who wants to buy the last straw vineyard. He tries to calm her down to discuss the contract.He had studied law but never practiced. He tries to diffuse her temper... Her furniture is on its way to London where she was to live and work at her companys office with her new husband...Stories arise from the past to help us understand the relationship each of the kids has with one another in the family...Ben tries methods to get Georgia to marry him still, as he visits the vineyard so they can talk more. With all the turmoil surrounding them it's anybody's guess as to what will happen.Like the drama of all the people's problems as they strive to fix them while losing the vineyard...Didn't see the major catastrophe coming.... or secrets that are now being told and who she ends up with...Brought tears to my eyes! This author writes as if you are there, she puts you there for yourself.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
  • (4/5)
    I received this ARC from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.
    I was immediately drawn to this book when I read the summary. From the moment I started reading it I was hooked. The opening chapter gives a great introduction to the chapters and really sparked my interest. I just had to keep reading to find out what was going on with Georgia. Each of the characters had very distinct personalities. All of the scenarios faced by the characters feel very real. Even though Georgia is the main character, I felt like all of her family members were main characters. They were each going through their own problems and trying to get through it. There are elements of romance but it was much more than just your typical romance. The family struggles were my favorite parts of the book. I kept hoping and hoping that everything would work out for each and every one of them. The author does a fantastic job of getting the reader to become emotionally involved in her characters. This was a great story from beginning to end. I will be recommending this book to my friends and family.
  • (3/5)
    Predictable but pretty thoroughly enjoyable. I loved Laura Dave's rich descriptions of wine country and winemaking itself.
  • (4/5)
    Eight Hundred Grapes is a delightful novel with the incredible setting in the wine-making area of California. It's an easy, light read about family relationships, romance, and scenery but, most importantly, it's about running a vineyard and what it takes to make high-quality wine. You will learn a lot about wine and the love some winemakers have about producing it. This is either a well-researched book or the author grew up in that area and knows a great deal about wine production.This novel had a nice flow and interesting, well-developed characters. Laura Dave is a new author for me and I think I'd enjoy her other works. 4 Stars.
  • (4/5)
    At the beginning of Eight Hundred Grapes, Georgia Ford is a runaway bride, fleeing from LA to her family home in the rolling hills of Sonoma County, California. After unexpectedly discovering her fiance has been keeping secrets from her, Georgia attempts to find solace with her family. But when she returns, she discovers her family also has been keeping numerous secrets that are all erupting at the same time. With her family's vineyard recently sold to a large scale distributor, it would appear that each of these crises are beyond repair. As the days countdown to the wedding, Georgia focuses on her family's problems while trying to ignore her own. This is a relaxing and fun read about a young career woman from a loving family set in a rustic vineyard in a small county where everyone knows his/her neighbors. The setting is lovely and the wine flows freely in this rich and peaceful setting. The author clearly spent a lot of time "researching" wine making, particularly small scale biodynamic farming. Although the story was a little predictable, I enjoyed the escape to Sonoma County where I learned a lot about wine along the way. #SRC2015
  • (5/5)
    Ok, so after page 8 I'm hooked and so into this book to have an immediate let down discovering it is only 250 pages! I wanted to quote all sorts of things, like the explanation of synchronization and fate and regret, but it's already been done on Goodreads reviews and that will make you read all the reviews. But most important read the book, it was FABULOUS! BTW I will quote the passage about regret on my Facebook, it was wonderful.
  • (4/5)
    A blogging friend suggested this book. I found the story to be really true-to-life and 85% believable. The happily ever after ending was not believable for me. The story was true to the real emotions it takes to make "life" decisions. I was glad the characters did give each other some needed time. I am going to seek out this author again because I enjoyed her smooth writing style.
  • (4/5)
    Georgia discovers a week before their wedding that her fiance has a four year old daughter that he he's not told her about. She returns to her family home on a vineyard seeking support, but finds that her father is selling the vineyard, her mother is seeing an old flame and her brothers have problems of their own. The ending to the opening chapter is excellent and I enjoyed this book overall. There were moments in the middle when I feared for how things would end, but ultimately it all seemed right. I liked Jacob's character and enjoyed the humour of Suzannah's perspective.
  • (4/5)
    Georgia wants life to be perfect. She chose a career and a potential husband who would fulfill her goals. When she sees her fiance with another woman, her life begins to fall apart and she runs home to the family winery. She thinks that life will be perfect there like it was when she was growing up but she finds out that even at home, there are secrets and discontent. Georgia a little old to call this a 'coming of age' book but it is the story of someone who grows up and learns that life isn't all perfect and tidy and that sometimes the best parts of life are the things that you don't expect. I really enjoyed this book - not only the characters and the plot but also all of the information about growing grapes and making wine. Great read!
  • (2/5)
    I felt like I could have used a bottle of wine or two to spur me on to deal with the over sensitive and bickering family portrayed in the book. I never developed any connection with any of the characters and frankly did not care what happened to them at all. The family portrayed here cannot commit to anything and stick with it. Relationships break apart willy nilly because I think none of the characters have a clue what love is.
  • (4/5)
    Did you know it takes eight hundred grapes to make one bottle of wine?That apparently is the best-kept secret of wine makers just like there were a lot of secrets the Ford family and other characters were not revealing.EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES was an easy, enjoyable read. I liked the information about vineyards because we have a grape arbor, but nothing that would turn our grapes into wine. :)Georgia the main character was a bit wishy washy for an attorney, but you couldn't blame her when she found out the secret her fiance was keeping from her.Her brothers were unusual, and I didn't like them. Georgia's parents and what was going on with her mother was quite strange.As the book continued, EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES moved from one family drama to another, but the book did keep my interest. I actually was more interested in seeing what was going to happen to the winery than what was going to happen to all the relationship upheavals.EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES will appeal to women's fiction fans. The writing was breezy and fun, but the plot was a bit predictable.I would recommend EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES for a quick, summer beach read. 4/5This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation in return for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    A lovely and moving story of a vineyard, winemaking, perfect synchronicity and the secrets that change the course of one woman's life for the better.
  • (5/5)
    Georgia is at her final wedding gown fitting when she spots her fiancé walking down the street with a woman and child. Learning that her fiancé has been less than open with her, she runs back to her childhood home only to learn that her parents are splitting and selling their family vineyard to a competitor. Georgia has a lot to sort out.I enjoyed this book. There are a lot of family secrets that come out when Georgia returns home. Accusations are made and Georgia has to face up to some of them as others in the family have to face up to theirs. It makes for interesting reading as Georgia keeps putting her problems on the back burner to deal with others' problems only to have them force her to face her own problems. She needed their insights.I liked most of the characters but not all. I wasn't crazy about her fiancé, her brother Bobby, or her mother. They were not warm, fussy people. The ending is what was right for Georgia.
  • (3/5)
    One week before Georgia Ford's wedding, she learns a secret about her fiancé that sends her fleeing back to the comfort of her parents' California vineyard home. But when she gets there, she discovers that her various family members all have drama of their own going on.This book was a solid meh for me. It's not awful or anything, but I just never managed to care much about either the characters' winemaking business or their relationship issues, and I found too many of the details and events of the story a bit too contrived. Possibly I might have enjoyed it at least a little more if I had any actual interest in wine, but, honestly, I barely even drink the stuff, so all the loving details about organic grape-growing were pretty much lost on me.
  • (5/5)
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    „Ein wunderbares Jahr“ von Laura Dave ist so ein typischer – und absolut wundervoller – Gute-Laune-Wohlfühl Roman für den Sommer. Und das mit deutlich mehr Tiefgang, als man vielleicht erwarten würde, denn dieser Roman ist nicht nur eine leichtgängige, romantische Komödie, die Autorin verpackt in ihre unterhaltsame Geschichte auch einige wichtige Weisheiten darüber, dass es oft gerade das Unperfekte ist, dass das Leben besonders lebens- und liebenswert macht und das es meist dazu gehört Opfer zu bringen, um das zu erreichen, was man sich wünscht.

    Nur eine Woche vor ihrer Hochzeit erfährt Giogria, dass ihr Verlobter Ben ihr etwas vorenthalten hat und in der vermeintlich heilen Beziehung nicht alles eitel Sonnenschein ist. Prompt macht sie sich – eingehüllt ins noch nicht ganz fertige Brautkleid – auf den Weg zum Weingut ihrer Familie, in der Hoffnung, sich dort in die heile Welt ihrer Kindheit flüchten zu können, nur um festzustellen, dass es um diese ähnlich steht, wie um ihre Beziehung.

    Was folgt ist eine wundervoll erzählte Geschichte über die Liebe, das Leben und die Familie, über das Glück im Kleinen und Großen, über Ziele und Wünsche, die Wege zu diesen und die Hindernisse, die man überwinden muss. Dabei schafft es Laura Dave schnell den Leser immer tiefer in ihre Geschichte hineinzuziehen, ihn mit den Figuren, die alle vor ihren eigenen, aber auch vor gemeinsamen Problemen stehen, mitleiden und mitfiebern zu lassen, immer in der Hoffnung, dass am Ende alle ihren Weg zum Glück finden können.

    Mir hat Laura Daves „Ein wunderbares Jahr“ daher wahnsinnigen Spaß gemacht, es ist ein Roman, der mit Humor, Drama, Romantik und einer guten Portion Selbsterkenntnissen überzeugt: Die perfekte Lektüre für den Sommer, herrlich leicht und doch erfrischend anspruchsvoll!
  • (3/5)
    Right before her wedding is to take place, Georgia finds out her future husband is keeping a big secret from her. In order to get her mind straight, she goes back home, to her family’s vineyard, only to find her normally stable family is falling apart and going through their own problems. She always thought she could fix things, especially someone else’s problem. Now the problem is hers, and she has to examine her feelings and understand what she truly wants. In the days leading up to the wedding, Georgia and her family will all come to decisions they had no intention of making.

    I think I expected Eight Hundred Grapes to be your standard chick-lit romance set in wine country. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Eight Hundred Grapes was as much about family relationships as it was about romance. This book is also about the strength in a family that can hold everything together even in the rockiest of moments as well as finding your own path, even if you don’t know it at the time.


  • (4/5)
    Eight hundred grapes. That’s how many grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine. Georgia Ford should know this; she grew up in her family’s vineyard. A week before her wedding, Georgia learns something about her fiance so upsetting that she returns to her family’s vineyard to regroup, and discovers that the family she thought so untroubled and secure just might have some difficulties of its own.This is a perfect read for summer. You know from page one that everyone is going to go through troubles, but that everything will be resolved by story’s end.
  • (4/5)
    I just finished the novel Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. Did you know that it takes eight hundred grapes to make one bottle of wine? Georgia Ford was at the final fitting of her wedding dress when she saw her fiancé walking down the street with a beautiful red head and a little girl. Georgia chases after Ben (fiancé) in her wedding gown, when she catches up with him the little girl calls him Dad. Instead of staying to talk, Georgia gets into her car (in her wedding gown) and heads for her family’s home, The Last Straw Vineyard in Sebestopol (Sonoma in California). One of her first sights upon arriving at home is a naked man walking out of her mother’s bedroom (talk about a shocker). Changes have been taking place at home and no one has told her. They were waiting until after the wedding. Georgia is no longer sure of anything. Georgia is the type of person who likes to fix things for her family. She always wants to make things right for them. When Georgia finds out that her father is selling the vineyard, Georgia is sure it made the wrong decision. She sets out to stop the sale of the vineyard to Jacob McCarthy of Murray Grants wines. Georgia has to decide what to do with her future. Is she going to marry Ben and move to London? There is also problems with her two older brothers, Finn and Bobby (twins). Which, of course, Georgia wants to find out what the problem is and fix it. Eight Hundred Grapes is a good book, but not great. It is the kind of book you know what is going to happen at the end of the book after reading fifty pages. The information on wine making is interesting but it also bogs down the book (and almost put me to sleep). I give Eight Hundred Grapes 4 out of 5 stars. The book does have a lovely ending.I received a complimentary copy of Eight Hundred Grapes from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
  • (4/5)
    I was provided an Advance Reader Copy of his book by Simon & Schuster for an honest review.

    Georgia Ford shows up in her home in Sebastopol, California, after seeing her fiancé with another woman and a young child. She’s expecting her family to know how to help, to ground her and help her figure out how to move forward. However, each member of her family is already each having their own problems. To top off the multitude of issues in the Ford family, Georgia’s parents have decided to sell The Last Straw vineyard — where the children grew up, where their father became a well-known and successful winemaker. Georgia and the rest of the Fords need to figure out what they want in order to put their lives back into motion…but sometimes synchronicity is not so easy to find.

    This book was a fictional look at reality — life is not always pretty and decisions are not always easy to make. Georgia alway wants control and tries to fix other people’s problems before tackling her own, which makes her a somewhat unlikeable character until she decides to start working on herself. There are some colorful characters: Jacob, the owner of the winery buying the Ford vineyard; Finn, one Georgia’s twin older brothers; and even Maddie, Ben’s daughter that he just met. “Eight Hundred Grapes” is a story of wine and the family who makes it — a story of how you should be careful of what you give up, because you might not end up with the ending you want.