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Saving Grapes

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Thirty-two-year-old Jason Barnes recently lost his job, and his heart. Now, thanks to a meddling ex-wife and a golf cart fiasco, he has just thirty days to pay a $60,000 fine or go to jail.

Jason was hoping his Aunt Clara would come to his rescue, but she unexpectedly dies, gifting her liquid assets to charity. She does, however, will Jason a picturesque French vineyard—an
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Emerald Book Company (first published April 1st 2015)
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Bryan D.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
15 of 75 in 2015. Another LibraryThing Early Reviewers selection. I have to admit, that when I picked up the mail and found a new book from the Early Reviewers program, I put aside my "currently reading" selection, and started right in on the new book. For one thing, if LibraryThing is kind enough to give me a foretaste of new works, the least I can do is read them promptly and tell folks what I think. And also, I have to admit that this book took a while to hold my attention. As I read the firs ...more
Feb 09, 2015 added it
Recommends it for: No one
(ARC from LibraryThing)
This is possibly one of the worst books I have ever wasted time reading. J.T. Lundy apparently has only a nodding acquaintance with English grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation, and none at all with the French language. (Speaking of which, can we please make it a rule for publishers that any book with foreign expressions in it HAS to be proofread/edited by someone who is fluent in that language?)
The blurb on the back of the book claims that it is "Wodehousian" in its jolli
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this from Library Thing giveaway. From win to my mailbox in 6 days so I had to start reading. And then I couldn't put it down. Finished this fast, fun, romantic, slapstick comedy in one day. At first I rolled my eyes. Then all of a sudden I got pulled into this story and each of its characters. Grab this one for your next beach read.
Thank you, Library Thing!
Sherwood Smith
May 15, 2015 added it
Shelves: fiction
Copy courtesy NetGalley

Jason Barnes is a high school screw-up in the body of a thirty-two year old man. At the start, he is still pals with his high-school buddy Stumpy, who he still orders around without much respect, newly divorced by a wife who dumped him for a Wall Street success, and working at a golf driving range for his loathed step-brother Eustace.

In a disastrous comedy of errors Jason ends up trashing the golf range, after which Eustace and Jason both yell for Aunt Clara, who in one o
Elizabeth Ehlen
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the author of Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy (which I loved) comes an altogether different genre of novel - the romantic comedy Saving Grapes. Because I loved the dystopian sarcasm of Happy Utopia Day, I was a little skeptical of the translation to a romantic comedy. Fortunately, I kept an open mind and was not disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it was a much fluffier story than the other, but it was still a good, fast read, and managed to connect the Midwest and French wine country, which m ...more
David Bennett
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
They say you should never judge a book by it's cover and this book is no exception.
Appearing like a chick flic with five grapes surrounding a heart is a bit of a misnomer, may look like something guys would be totally bored with is actually a story about guys. Written in the first person narrative from the point of view of Jason Barnes, a guy constantly getting knocked down by life just when he starts getting back on his feet finally looses it and creates himself a whole load more trouble for hi
Arlena Dean
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: Saving Grapes
Author: J. T. Lundy
Publisher: Emerald Book Company
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Saving Grapes" by L. T. Lundy

What I liked about this novel...

Wow, all I can say it that "Saving Grapes" made me laugh and laugh ...from this vineyard setting [sights, sounds and aromas] along with the nuns and those crazy villains these two main characters[Jason and Stumpy] were simply off the chart so interesting and funny! Oh yes, in a slapstick way did I love this way this author
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Saving Grapes by J.T. Lundy was a genuine find that I'm so glad for once and it came from my lovely husband, of all places.
Jason Barnes is what I call a modern Dick Van Dyke. Brutally honest and gets into all sorts of trouble by being and absolute klutz. With his good friend Stumpy, even bigger klutz than him, set out to an adventure that you would never think they would come out of it alive.
This book will make you laugh and feel good in so many ways. its easy to read and would be a perfect f
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-goal
** I received this ARC from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review**

'Saving Grapes' pulled me in from the beginning and I literally did not put it down. I loved the storyline and how it played out. Full of humor, unfortunate yet funny mishaps, romance, drama and great characters. Jason was one of those characters you love even when his antics have you shaking your head. I loved his humor. Stumpy was such a likable character. A very devoted friend who also happened to be caught in the same
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book just made me laugh and feel good! Sure, there is a lot of slapstick stuff going on but it worked! The vineyard setting, the nuns, crazy villains, and the two main characters makes for a book I would definitely recommend. What a fun ride! As other reviewers have mentioned Saving Grapes would be a hysterical movie!
Connie N.
Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I just couldn't like this book. The premise had promise, and I was looking forward to a funny and charming book about a guy who inherits a vineyard in France and runs into problems when trying to take ownership. However, the main character turned out to be seriously annoying, beginning with the crazy reckless crime he commits in the first couple of pages, which is the start of all his legal troubles. Then he procee
Kathleen Herb
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The coincidences and the neatly tied together loose ends are a little unbelievable, but this was a lot of fun! It’s about a young man, Jason, his friend Stumpy, and a vineyard he will inherit if he does not go to jail. The problem is, he’s about to go to jail for wrecking his stepbrother’s golf course when he gets fired by the stepbrother. The resulting plot reads a bit “sitcom,” but it really is a page-turner, I read it in two days! And of course, even in France, 99% of nuns are not in habit in ...more
Larry Johnson
I wanted to like this book more than I did--the premise sounded promising. However, I felt like I was reading the script of a Three Stooges movie. The writing and plot seemed aimed at an adolescent audience--certainly the protagonist, at 30+ years of age behaved in very juvenile ways. Although I have read other books I enjoyed despite having main characters that I found unlikable (eg., some of Anders de la Motte's books), those books had much more intriguing and engaging plots. I could see this ...more
Renee Svendsen
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a quick, fun read with ridiculous characters that get themselves into ludicrous situations, then grab this book! Be prepared, it is slapstick and pretty much unbelievable but super FUN! If you are looking for literary genius or really like to be a critic of plain, tongue in cheek fun, pass on this one.

I was amazed that Lundy was able to resolve all the dilemmas in a pretty believable manner. A perfect read for the times.
Holly Suber
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful fun!!!

I LOVED this book! Not deep but completely engrossing. Laughed out loud and thoroughly enjoyed the read. I know these guys, remember growing up with them. So many crazy antics, but more than anything I enjoyed the ending. I will look for another one by this author.
Kathy Norris
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saving Grapes

I loved this book. Mr Lundy has a great sense of humor and flair for comedy that had me laughing out loud. At the same time, it was a wonderful story that I didn't see coming, with a perfect ending (that I didn't see coming either)!
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Somewhat predictable but highly entertaining. This is a wonderful beach read. I would like to see this made into a movie!
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read. A bit over the top with shenanigans but cute
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Easy, light, story with lots of laughs.
Sylvia Mace
Loved it -- laughed a lot.
Ginger K. Trent
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read.

A light hearted, fun to read story. Almost more catastrophes, than should be in one book. The ending was perfect.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
My copy of this is an advance reader's copy provided through Goodreads giveaway.

Well what can I say?

It took a while for me to adjust to and find the humour, Is US and English humour the same?

I found the first State side chapters a bit difficult, but once the central characters Jason and Stumpy (Jason's lifelong friend) became established, things became a bit easier to grasp.

Clearly Jason is not on good terms with Eustace, but they have after all been brought up as step-brothers by Aunt Clara. Ho
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
J.T. Lundy, author of Saving Grapes, has a humorous idea, which is that Jason Barnes, a guy who habitually avoids hard work and responsible grown up behavior, is suddenly on track to inherit a vineyard worth France, no less! But his poor choices and boorish behavior mean he owes fines he has no money to pay, nor does he have money to buy a plane ticket to France. Not to be put off by the judge who is holding his passport, he has his friend Stumpy buy the tickets and actually BORROW ...more
Jocelyn Khor
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

This was a fun and enjoyable read, undeniably. I'd say this book is a chick lit told in a male's point of view. Before this, I had never read and always avoided chick lit books by male authors because I used to think guys are supposed to be mature and calm, not silly and funny, running around falling in love. However, Saving Grapes changed my opinion, this sort of books can also be fun as usual chick lit books by female author.

Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this from LibraryThing as a free advanced copy from the author or the publisher, although I really don't remember which it was off the top of my head and I absolutely loved it!

Let me start by saying that I hate romantic books in almost any sense, but I ADORE this book! It was a big step outside of my typical book-realm, but I'm so glad I read it. It's one of those books that would be great as a movie (**HINT HINT: SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE THIS INTO A MOVIE**) because there isn't really muc
Kathryn Laceby
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

Saving Grapes was a madcap race through the French countryside rather than a novel about character development for me. But it was fun and fast paced and the crazy situations definitely amused me.
I was occasionally frustrated about Jason’s character and liked that Stumpy eventually put his foot down and said enough was enough. But it was hard to get into the seriousness of the novel’s situations without really feeling for Jason. He seemed stuck between genuine
Kay Murphy
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of Saving Grapes in exchange for my review.

Fun, quick read (I read it in two sessions). It was humorous, but not laugh-out-loud funny. It is the story of Jason Barnes, a lost 32-year-old with no direction in life. His only real relationship is with a fiercely loyal childhood friend. Jason had a lonely childhood and was raised by his Aunt Clara who conditionally wills him a vineyard in France upon her death. The story follows Jason and his loyal friend "Stumpy" (the ori
Gwyn Plummer
Jun 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
After a very expensive golf cart mishap, Jason Barnes finds himself in hot-water and only sixty thousand dollars will get him out of it. To make matters worse, he has only 30 days to come up with it. With his best friend, Stumpy in tow, the men set out to France in hopes of selling the vineyard left to him by his Aunt Clara. The eighty-two problems with his plan all wear habits and spend their days worshiping God.

I received this book from Story Cartel, believing it was a romance, since that’s wh
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Jason (the main character of this story) finds himself in the position of having to pay the court a large sum of money in a month – or go to jail. Just in the nick of time, he discovers that he has inherited a vineyard in France. He thinks this is the answer to all of his problems, so he and his friend, Stumpy, hop on a plane and go to France. They find that the vineyard is being operated by an order of nuns – and selling it to raise the money Jason needs won’t be as easy as he had hoped.
This n
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a bit slow to start with but turned into quite a lovely story. It was sweet and once I got into quite an easy read.

I struggled to stay with this story originally but then decided I really wanted to find out what happened to Jason after his court case didn’t quite turn out the way he hoped or I thought it would. It became a bit of an underdog story and I found myself really routing for Jason to get his life together.

I did connect with Jason on some level as I wanted to give him a shake
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J.T. Lundy, a 2014 Thurber Prize for American Humor Semi-Finalist, lives in Naperville, Illinois, where he writes novels and screenplays, and attempts to help his wife manage the chaos from raising three growing boys. He likes to read, write, travel, and eat good food. A graduate of Indiana University, he also holds an MFA from Spalding University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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