“You don’t give up on a family. Not without trying to put it back together.”Laura Dave, Eight Hundred Grapes
Title: Eight Hundred Grapes
Author: Laura Dave
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 8 hrs, 6 mins
Published: June 2nd, 2015
My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 7/20/2022 – 7/22/2022
What lovely escapism! This book hasn’t been on my radar, but when I scrolled past it and saw Laura Dave’s name, I had to give it a go. I loved The Last Thing He Told Me, and though different genres, I ended up loving this, too.
Georgia returns home for the vineyard’s harvest upon discovering her fiancé hasn’t been completely honest with her. Once with her family, she realizes how out of the loop she’s been and arrives to change after change. She takes it upon herself to try and fix her parents’ and brothers’ problems, putting her own on the back-burner as much as she can. There are touching moments, funny moments, and lots of wine.
The most probable book? No. But as I said, it was good escapism and in a beautiful setting. I’ve been wanting a fluffier read and this turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
Like & Dislikes:
What I liked:
- The wine analogies. It added a lot to the setting.
- Georgia trying to figure out her place in life. It was all too relatable.
- Maddie. She was adorable.
What I didn’t like:
- It was cheesy, but it was exactly what I needed after a rough week.
- This goes along with being cheesy, but the plot was at best impractical.
The perfect read at the perfect time. It made me remember how much I enjoy Laura Dave’s writing style. My biggest complaint is that I didn’t have a glass of wine to enjoy with it!