I was provided an Advance Reader Copy of his book by Simon & Schuster for an honest review.
Georgia Ford shows up in her home in Sebastopol, California, after seeing her fiancé with another woman and a young child. She’s expecting her family to know how to help, to ground her and help her figure out how to move forward. However, each member of her family is already each having their own problems. To top off the multitude of issues in the Ford family, Georgia’s parents have decided to sell The Last Straw vineyard — where the children grew up, where their father became a well-known and successful winemaker. Georgia and the rest of the Fords need to figure out what they want in order to put their lives back into motion…but sometimes synchronicity is not so easy to find.
This book was a fictional look at reality — life is not always pretty and decisions are not always easy to make. Georgia alway wants control and tries to fix other people’s problems before tackling her own, which makes her a somewhat unlikeable character until she decides to start working on herself. There are some colorful characters: Jacob, the owner of the winery buying the Ford vineyard; Finn, one of Georgia’s twin older brothers; and even Maddie, Ben’s daughter that he just met. Eight Hundred Grapes is a story of wine and the family who makes it — a story of how you should be careful of what you give up, because you might not end up with the ending you want.