Eight Hundred Grapes
Simon & Schuster, Jun 2 2015, $24.95
Just before her marriage, thirty year old Georgia Ford learns a secret that her fiancé concealed from her. Out of character as her brothers and parents know she is perfect infantry charging forward to take the hill; instead Georgia, in her wedding dress, drives nine hours from Southern California to her family-owned The Last Straw Vineyard in Sebastopol.
However, her first stop in Sonoma County is the Brothers’ Tavern owned by her siblings. To her shock only her brother Finn is there; her dad and her other sib Bobby are not. At the house, she is greeted by a naked stranger coming out of her mom’s bedroom. As Georgia learns more stunning revelations re family dynamics and happiness (or not), the grapes of wine (and wrath), and in vino veritas relationships; she questions what she always thought were universal bedrock truisms.
Georgia holds together a profound look at family as the female lead begins to understand her acceptance of "facts" is faulty due to her previously unaware of personal rosy-colored filter protecting her mental state from the complexities of relationships. Readers will toast Lara Dave for this insightful drama with California Chardonnay.