Eight Hundred Grapes

Eight Hundred Grapes

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
When her wedding is cancelled after her fiancé reveals a shocking secret, Georgia Ford returns to her family's Sonoma vineyard where she, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, her brothers and everything familiar, discovers that her fiancé wasn't the only one keeping secrets. Reading-group guide available.

Simon and Schuster
Heralded as “impossible to put down” (Elle), and named a Best Book of the Summer by Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, and Us Weekly, 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.

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

Georgia Ford, bride-to-be, hops in her car and drives through the night, from Los Angeles to Sonoma, to her safe haven: her family, and the acclaimed family winery. Georgia craves the company of those who know her best, and whom she truly knows. Better yet, it’s the eve of the last harvest—the best time of the growing season, and Georgia knows she’ll find solace—and distraction—in the 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…

Eight Hundred Grapes is a story about the messy realities of family, the strength (and weaknesses) of romantic love, and the importance of finding a place to call home. “This winning tale will both satisfy on a literary level and encourage oenophiles to pour themselves a glass of a recent vintage to enjoy while reading; it’s a tasty treat for wine lovers and teetotalers alike” (Publishers Weekly). You won’t be able to put this “addictive” (Us Weekly) novel down.

Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2015
ISBN: 9781476789293
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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MelissaYAReader
May 11, 2017

Georgia Ford, while attempting to run away from her upcoming nuptials after discovering her fiance has been hiding things from her, returns home to discover her family isn't exactly the way she left it. Her family has been keeping secrets from her, secrets that can tear them apart. As Georgia tries to find her footing again and understand everything that has changed, she tries to connect to her Sonoma County roots, and her family's wine making.

I was honestly hoping for more from this book. It is about family and secrets, and how sometimes those secrets can tear people apart. I really wanted to like it, but I just felt it was missing something.

AL_KATI Apr 26, 2017

A sparkling novel that hooked me on the first page. I fell in love with the family and the settings. A book to read on a warm summer night when you have hours ahead of you.

SPL_Stephanie May 04, 2016

This is a highly enjoyable book to read on a lazy rainy day or while basking in the sun with a glass of Merlot. I thoroughly enjoyed being brought into the picturesque vineyards in California.

The author's melange of scientific insight into the wine making process complemented the lighthearted tale of romance and family. With a few twists along way, this quick paced story is hard to put down.

Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy Georgia's adventure of making difficult decisions for the future and coming face-to-face with her past.

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theseveres
Mar 22, 2016

It's a quick read with a few twists. I'm sure you'll like it!

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cknightkc
Feb 16, 2016

Set in California's beautiful wine country, EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES is a light diversion - perfect for a lazy day or when you're in between "heavier" books.

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EricaReynolds
Jan 12, 2016

A good book to bring to the pool or to read on a weekend when you want something light while you sip some wine and relax.

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epelto12
Oct 30, 2015

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.

SPL_Robyn Aug 10, 2015

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, August 2015

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Ayesha1072
Jul 16, 2015

The review was good

madison382 Jul 16, 2015

I really like this writer, but this book did not do it for me.

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SPL_Robyn Aug 10, 2015

If ever a book was written to be turned into a movie, Eight Hundred Grapes is it. It’s got the setting (California’s Sonoma Valley), it’s got the subject (wine, appealing to the foodie in everyone), it’s got a runaway-bride heroine searching for herself (I see Rachel McAdams), a somewhat dysfunctional family, and both a hunky British suitor and an adorkable local match. And a few movie stars already in the mix. This is the next Under the Tuscan Sun, with slightly younger characters.

It starts when the runaway bride, Georgia, discovers an unfathomable secret about her fiancée, a week before their wedding and trans-Atlantic move to London. Shocked to the core, Georgia runs to the only place she can think of, her childhood home. But the shocks just keep coming – her brothers are feuding, her parents separated and the vineyard has been sold to a faceless corporation.

With her entire world upside-down, Georgia struggles to fix it, and makes things inevitably worse before they get better. Along the way the author takes readers back in time and into the lives of the other characters, drawing them with nearly as much depth. This makes it easy to see why Georgia cannot simply resolve everyone’s problems; everyone has their own private history, histories they have not necessarily shared with her completely.

And that is the way life is – complex, multi-layered, at times funny and at times cringeworthily messy. It all makes Eight Hundred Grapes a summery novel to savor (perhaps with a glass of California red).

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