Book Review: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Why I picked it up
As you know, it’s the Year of the Wine, so I’m very much into wine right now. I’ve never read a novel set in wine country before, so I thought that was a pretty intriguing setting. The possibilities of that setting are endless, and this book had it all: nurturing the soil, family roots, family secrets, and all the sentimentalism that comes with losing it all.
Wine wine wine. Loved reading about the wine and the connection between family, love, and the struggle to keep it all going. It was a light, fast, typical chick-lit read. I indulged in a lot of wine while reading this which made me think to myself, why don’t more people write novels set in wine country?!
I didn’t really love Jacob at the end. It all seemed a bit too forced and predictable. The end was a bit of a downer. Actually, the more I think about it, the whole book was a bit of a downer. Maybe it’s because I just went through a break-up but reading about all these affairs and lies and growing out of love parts just made me feel cynical about love and relationships. The whole story just left me feeling unsettled, and now I need to read another lighthearted book to cheer myself up.
Or, drink more wine.