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Just a heads up that I'm going dark for several weeks. I may still update posts/challenges but there will be no new content, not even Thursdays.

My Mom died and I'm taking each day as it comes, plus helping my Dad go through her stuff.

Jan 16 update: Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, is in the hospital for bypass surgery

Feb 19 update: MIL is home now :-D and slowly getting better. I'm still helping my Dad with Mom's stuff but since my brother is out of town, I'm spending 4 nights at his house every week for a month. It's MUCH closer to Dad's and they do meals together and hang out.

Mar 8 update: I'm having a blast with my Dad. MIL has gone back to the hospital

Mar 29 update: MIL is home but not doing well.

Apr 9 update: SIL is nurse and has taken time off work to care for MIL who is basically receiving hospice care at home.

I'll see you in May . . . April 23 update: My Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, died yesterday.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Thoughts On . . . Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Eight Hundred Grapes
Laura Dave

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781476789255
Published: June 2015
genre: fiction
272 pages

format available: ebook, audio, hardcover

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About the book:
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 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 fiancĂ© is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…


My Thoughts:
The book starts with a very lovely story about how her parents met then tells us about Georgia's car ride.

With only the clothes on my back and a hastily packed suitcase, I drove from sunny Southern California--the place that had been my home for the last fourteen years--to the small town in Northern California on the edge of the Russian River Valley. The place that'd been my home for my entire life until then.

Nine hours, five rest-spot stops, two terrible milkshakey coffee drinks (one vanilla, one strawberry), and a roll of Rolos later, I arrived in Sonoma County. I should have felt relief, but as I passed the familiar sign for Sebastopol--its wiry hills visible behind it--I caught a glimpse of myself in the rearview. My hair was falling out of its bun, my eyes were deeply unsettled, and I couldn't escape the feeling that I was about to walk into a new kind of hell.

So I turned around and started driving the nine hours back to Los Angeles.

Interesting. I'm sure the problem that sent her running is still in Los Angeles and since she's tired and hungry, she stays and heads to her brother Finn's tavern. Things are a little different than she expected but the part I liked . . .

Finn turned back for just a second. "Hey, Georgia . . ." he said.

"Yeah?"

"You know that you're still wearing your wedding dress, yes?" he said.

and I'm hooked! Back to reading . . .

As the saying goes, you can't go home again, so too it is with Georgia and while I'm loving the book and the twists, the real world has intruded into my reading time so I need to leave this unfinished.







Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of BookSparks and amazon.com and is being reviewed as part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.

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