May 22, 2015

Book Beginning: EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES by Laura Dave

The Friday 56: *Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. Post it. Add your (url) post in Linky at Freda's Voice.
Also, visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader.
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
To be released June 2, 2015; Simon and Schuster
Genre: contemporary fiction

Beginning paragraph:
Sebastopol, California. Six months ago.
My father has this great story about the day he met my mother, a story he never gets sick of telling. It was a snowy December morning and he was hurrying into his co-worker's yellow Volkswagen bug parked in front of Lincoln Center, holding two cups of coffee and a massive slew of newspapers. (His first wine, Block 14 - the only wine in his very first vintage - had gotten a small mention in the Wall Street Journal.) And between the excitement of the article and the steaming coffee, Daniel Bradley Ford didn't notice that there were two yellow bugs parked in front of Lincoln Center. That his East Coast distributor was not the one huddling for warmth in the yellow bug's driver's seat. But, instead, his future wife, Jenny. 
Page 56: 
Bobby nodded. "We are crashing a wedding," he said. "Genius."
Then Bobby put his arm around Finn. 
Book description:
There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide…
Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.
But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancĂ© 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 fiancĂ© is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets… (publisher)
I need a good contemporary novel this summer.This is it!

Thanks to the publisher for a review/feature copy of this book. 


  1. This sounds good, I just added it to my TBR list.
    And we have the same quote on our blog woooo! haha

    Joana @ The Boundless Book List

    1. Nice to meet a new blogger here, Joana. I'll be visiting!

  2. I have been ogling this one...and now I must have it! You had me at yellow VW Bugs...LOL...and wineries.

    Plus, I loved this author's Divorce Party.

    Here's mine: “THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS”

    1. I'll have to look up Divorce Papers, Laurel-Rain!

  3. I've gotten into the wrong car before by accident. What a freaky experience.

  4. Sounds like a fantastic contemporary read!
    Happy weekend!

  5. The publishers said they would send me a copy to review, and your post makes me anticipate it even more fully. It seems like a delightful summer read.


I appreciate your comments and thoughts...

Empresses of Seventh Avenue by Nancy MacDonell: Historical Novel

 Fashion in Paris and New York City during WWII   Empresses of Seventh Avenue World War II, New York City, and the Birth of American Fashion...