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Eight hundred grapes : a novel, Laura Dave

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Eight hundred grapes : a novel
Title
Eight hundred grapes
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Laura Dave
Title variation
800 grapes
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Language
eng
Summary
Growing up on her family's Sonoma County vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine. The secret ingredient in her mother's lasagna. The secret way to end any fight. 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
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LibraryReads Favorites, 2015
Review
  • Weeks before her wedding, Georgia Ford finds out that her fiancé has a four-year-old daughter from his prior relationship with a famous actress. Georgia flees to her family’s Sonoma Valley winery, only to find her parents’ marriage foundering, her brothers bickering, and the devastating news that the vineyard has been sold. As the family gathers for their final harvest festival, Georgia is faced with a series of crucial decisions. What begins as a light romantic comedy—complete with bride-to-be fleeing Los Angeles in her wedding dress—becomes a thoughtful exploration of the shared history that makes a family. In less capable hands, the Fords could easily become a series of caricatures—the runaway bride, her handsome British fiancé, the playboy brother—but their realistic reactions to the chaos that surrounds them elevates the narrative. Georgia comes to terms with the changes in her life with an open heart and a lively sense of humor, and the ending takes a surprising yet believable turn. Dave’s (The First Husband, 2011) latest is a charming summer read with depth, just perfect with a glass of California wine. -- Donohue, Nanette (Reviewed 05-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 17, p74)
  • /*LibraryReads Favorite*/ Take your time and savor the family dynamics. Enjoy the romantic twists in this tale of a career-minded young woman circling back to her roots at a California winery. The appeal is broader than that of a romance since it delves into the complexities of various relationships — parent to parent, parents and children, even winery and owner. This is an excellent summer read! -- Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ. (LibraryReads, June 2015)
  • Dave (The First Husband) both charms and pulls at the heartstrings in this well-crafted novel about a Northern California winemaker's daughter and the foibles of her family. Georgia Ford seemingly has it all: a devoted fiancé, a high-powered career in Los Angeles, and a loving family on a vineyard in Northern California. But in an instant, Georgia learns that not everything is as it seems. She's rocked by a series of revealed secrets, including one about her fiancé so explosive that she questions whether to go through with the marriage, and the bitter—and unrealized—truth about her parents' relationship, which the author also covers from her parents' point of view. Georgia's wrenching journey, and those of other members of her family, are detailed in heartbreaking fashion, as each character comes to terms with their new, unforseen situation. Along the way, the author throws in a few secrets about winemaking—in fact, the title is a reference to the number of grapes needed to produce a bottle of wine. 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. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME Entertainment. (June) --Staff (Reviewed June 8, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 23, p)
  • A week before her wedding, Georgia Ford flees to her family's vineyard in Sonoma: the vineyard where she and her brothers grew up; the vineyard that is now being sold to a big commercial winemaker. She might be losing a fiancé, but it's the vineyard that Georgia can't bear to let go. "Be careful what you give up," her mom says, in the midst of having marital problems with Georgia's father. Meanwhile her brothers are fighting. Then, Georgia's fiancé arrives to make amends—but his ex-girlfriend also pops up. Enter the handsome Jacob, who is buying out Georgia's family. There is so much going on in this lighthearted, mainstream chick lit; so many conversations about complicated feelings. It takes 800 grapes to make one bottle of wine, but how many winemaking metaphors does it take to get to the predictable happily-ever-after? VERDICT Fast-moving chapters and snappy dialog make this a quick, breezy, perfect beach read, but the story would improve if the protagonist had some romantic love scenes and a bit more passion. This is Dave's (The First Husband; The Divorce Party ) fourth novel; she is gaining a following and finding her spot next to the likes of Emily Giffin and Nancy Thayer.— Sonia Reppe, Stickney-Forest View P.L., IL --Sonia Reppe (Reviewed May 15, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 9, p76)
  • Days before her wedding, Georgia's relationship breaks down. But when she tries to escape home to wine country, she discovers nearly as many fissures in her family. In the navel-gazing microcosm of California, worlds don't get much more different than Los Angeles and Sonoma: the former rich in artificial vice, the latter in cultivated flavor. Dave, a seasoned writer of literary romance (The First Husband, 2011, etc.), explores this divide through the eyes of Georgia Ford, a 30-year-old LA-based corporate lawyer on the cusp of marrying her dream guy, Ben. He's a devastating British architect, of course—rom-coms breed such fellows on a Burberry island somewhere—and his long-ago fling with an equally devastating movie star resulted in a 4-year-old daughter he's just learned about. Cue the devastation for Georgia, who flees up the coast in wedding garb after spying the seemingly happy family walk by during her final dress fitting. Destination: The Last Straw, the idyllic family vineyard in Sebastopol where she grew up with handsome twin brothers and crazy-in-love parents. Unfortunately, the clarity Georgia hopes to find there is quickly marred by everyone else's problems. Her parents' marriage is faltering; her feisty brothers are warring over a woman; and, in the deepest cut of all, her dad plans to sell the vineyard that's always anchored them. As Georgia weighs her ambivalence about Ben, she struggles to understand the parade of relationships blooming and busting around her. Through a series of flashbacks that range from canny to cloying, we learn how the Ford family has reached this collective crisis point. Resolutions arrive slowly and often unexpectedly for each of them, giving this satisfying novel legs. A lovelorn winemaker's daughter seeks the right way to crush sour grapes into a winning blend.(Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2015)
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10426905
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Dave, Laura
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Families
  • Vineyards
  • Secrecy
  • Man-woman relationships
Target audience
general
Label
Eight hundred grapes : a novel, Laura Dave
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Publication
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"Simon & Schuster fiction original hardcover."
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9781476789255
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014034389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)893389460
Label
Eight hundred grapes : a novel, Laura Dave
Publication
Note
"Simon & Schuster fiction original hardcover."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9781476789255
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014034389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)893389460

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