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Saving Grapes

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  51 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
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"
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,
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
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
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 per
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
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!
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!
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 be
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'
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 genui
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, sin
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 "Stum
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
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
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book although it took three or four chapters before I got into it. If you decide to read it, don't give up. It's a good book and well worth persevering with. The setting of the vineyard and convent is unusual for this type of book but is described beautifully. There are some great characters who are very well described and you can picture them easily and relate to their individual stories. The main character, Jason, is slightly shady, convicted of a crime and travelling on ...more
Donna Barnes
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read "Saving Grapes" because it was recommended to me by some of my book club members --- it is written by an Oswego H.S. alum (most of the book club is full of teachers of Oswego H.S.), and we were intending to support him and his writing. We plan to ask him to maybe do a discussion of this book in the spring with us. So I was kind of screening it to see if we could suggest it. I found it to be full of lots of adventure, kind of hard to believe in parts, exaggerated a lot in parts, but very ...more
Jessica Claudio
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first few pages of this book painted a mental picture that was so hilarious that my husband thought that I had lost it. It was the best introduction to a book I have read in a long time. A "good ole' boy" American is stuck in a rut of epic proportions. He hopes a rich family member will bail him out of his most recent money troubles, but as the saying goes, there seemed to be "too many eggs in one basket". Plans fell through, and he needed a quick fix to keep himself out of the slammer.

Marichus Real
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given a gifted copy by Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.
An unusual romantic comedy I found difficult to put it aside. At the beginning the main character was not very tempting but little by little he got into you and finally you came to love him.
Jason and Stumpy had been together all their life. When Jason got into trouble with the law, Stumpy had no problem helping him unconditionally. They flew to France to visit the vineyard Jason had inherited to sell it and ge
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Saving Grapes is the type of book you read while waiting for your prescription to be filled at the pharmacy. You see it on the rack, pick it up, read a few pages and then put it back when your prescription is ready. It's the type of book that you really don't care if you finish it or not.

The book is not that bad. Sure, there is no character development; the plot is predictable (except for the end but no spoilers here); and the writing is often sophomoric but, it did contain moments of hilarity.
Julie Barrett
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Saving Grapes by J.T. Lundy
The cover with the vineyard laid out in front of me made me want to read this story. Love trees and producing things that are healthy.
Story starts out with him getting in trouble, losing his job, the woman who raised him only to find out he inherits a vineyard, in France. Due to his law troubles he's not to leave the country to tend to the vineyard. He also has to pay back losses of $60k for his antics.
Jason and Stumpy head off with others passports t
Randee Baty
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour, librarything
Everyone needs a good laugh now and then and you will find that in this book. I had a fun time with it! Along the lines of a contemporary Wodehouse, it is just a really enjoyable read.

Jason Barnes is a perennial screw-up. When his aunt dies and leaves him a French vineyard, he has a problem. He can only inherit it if he isn't in trouble with the law, which his ex-stepbrother makes sure he is. It turns into a mad romp in the French vineyards with nuns and beautiful French women and la
Teddy Jones
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just The Right Book for New Year’s Eve
Saving Grapes, by J.T. Lundy lives up to its billing—a romantic comedy. It certainly is. And it’s heavy on the comedy. This fast paced, full of mishaps and complications, romp of a story left me smiling and light-hearted to finish 2014 and looking forward to 2015 and what may come next from J.T. Lundy. His characters are human in the extreme: they want love, at least one is greedy, they make mistakes, and they eventually learn and change. The sights, s
Amy Hopkins
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I won this book through The Early reviewers. I really enjoyed the characters and the story was easy to follow. I did however feel the nickname for Jason's friend Stumpy was over used. I got a few laughs and felt I was seeing two characters grow from boys to men. Jason was learning that it was time to grow up. After issues with the law, his Aunt that raised him passes away. He finds himself in financial troubles that will land him in
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lundy has a knack for writing with a humorous flair, in this fun romp in which Jason, a hapless American and his even more hopeless sidekick, Stumpy, try to stay out of jail and avoid losing a potential inheritance of a prized vineyard in France. Nuns own and run the vineyard and Jason and Stumpy go to extreme lengths to win over the nuns, beat Eustace at his game of getting the vineyard, and pursue love interests. While this goes on disguises are worn, a lawyer is impersonated, Jason travels to ...more
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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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