Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Novels With Nell - Eight Hundred Grapes

When I was home this past weekend the most typical thing happened. Nell and I were able to see each other on Friday which was so fun but somehow in the fewer than 24 hours we were together I was reminded a few times of how I really need to read some of the books she has recommended. While I agree with that and wish I had all the time in the world, I know my time is going to feel like a lot less starting in the next couple weeks as the school year begins. Nell was persistent and wouldn't take no for an answer and started pilling the books up to eliminate the excuse of not having them. Y'all, Nell is passionate about these recommendations. After I finish my current read I plan to read this book that Nell recommended. In all honesty, she kinda made me start reading it while we were together on Friday night. Her most recent recommendation was not added to my stack but may be one I need to get from her the next time we are together!

By: Laura Dave 

Well, folks, I hate to say it, but one by one, schools are in session, and summer is winding down. I thought that was a great reason to share a great summer read before the end of the season! It was on Carly’s blog (The College Prepster) that I first saw this book about a year ago. I picked it up from the library and flew through it. This quote sums up my feelings about the book: “I couldn't put Eight Hundred Grapes down! 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, New York Times bestselling author of Maine and The Engagements. It’s a light read as far as content and an easy (and fun) to follow plot line, but comments on these universal themes listed above that we can all relate to. P.S. A bonus: I think the book cover is really cute too!

“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.”

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