It’s Saturday night and I’m having a little night-in R&R sesh. I’ve got my favorite Blood Orange candle lit, my silkiest red slip & robe set on, and watching Gilmore Girls from the start in my plush Blair Waldorf-inspired bed. It might not be a wild night out on the town, but it’s good times for me over here I must say. While I was pouring myself a glass of Sauvignon blanc, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about for this week – vino. Isn’t wine always a good topic of conversation? Rhetorical question.
It’s been awhile since we’ve gone book clubbing so let’s talk about it, shall we?
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave is a book I stumbled upon last summer at B&N. It’s the perfect end-of-summer book to read on the porch while, of course, sipping a glass of wine (a red is most suiting for this book in my personal opinion). It was actually named “Best Book of Summer” by publications like Marie Claire, Glamour, Elle, Wine Enthusiast, the list goes on.
So here’s a brief summary – Georgia Ford, the leading lady, is a young thirty year-old who returns back to her family vineyard just a week before her wedding after finding out about a dark secret her fiance has been hiding. While she’s there, lots of other secrets are unraveled among the rest of the family. Lots. Of. Drama. Georgia provides a keen insight on relationships, wine, family, and how they’re all strung together. I don’t want to share much more but just know it’s quite literally very juicy. It’s named Eight Hundred Grapes because it takes that many to make one bottle of wine. There’s your little tidbit of knowledge for the day!
Laura Dave seamlessly intertwines humor, warmth, sadness, and love and the complexity of it all. Eight Hundred Grapes is definitely a page-turner. Writing about it right now makes me want to read it again if we’re being honest. While it’s still feels like summer outside, you guys have got to read this book! I promise you won’t regret it. It’s very unique among the chick-flick genre in my opinion which is why I fell in love with it.
Go now. Go ahead and download it on your Kindle or tablet here OR head over to Barnes & Noble for a hard copy. You know you want to. How can you say no to a book about love, drama, and wine?
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