Review: Love The Wine You’re With by Kim Gruenenfelder

Love the Wine You're WithWow! Love The Wine You’re With by Kim Gruenenfelder is one of those books I want to tell everyone they must read. It’s a story about friendship, dating, love and so much more. While the struggles of dating and loving someone are part of the storyline, this is really about everlasting friendship.

It’s centered about three women. All three of them have been successful thus far, though they may not see it, each of them has a story to tell. What people see may not be exactly how they feel. I have to say my least favorite of the three women is Jessie. I think she’s a bit whiny and her jealousy of Nat gets the best of her at times. Although Jessie’s monologue may make her seem such a hypocrite and not a genuine friend every now and then, at the end she always comes through because her friendship with Holly and Nat is above all else.

As I read the story I felt for Nat. She’s my second favorite character. Her affair with Marc (a married man) is a struggle for her. Even though she’s the other woman and in other books this is kind of like a “ugh” type thing, I think Kim Gruenenfelder does a wonderful job in showing Nat’s feelings for what is right and wrong. Nat is one of those characters a reader can love and hate then love again. She’s a bit entitled and she’s funny and cute. My favorite part is when Chris (her long lost love) shows up unannounced. Their banter is fantastic! I still can’t picture how Chris looks other than he’s bald and bold, but gosh. Next to Joe (I’ll get to him in a second), he’s one of my favorite.

Holly… well, she’s hilarious. Her acting gigs and the things she goes through in auditions are if nothing but the truth. I rooted for her all throughout. She’s my favorite of the three women. I don’t know if it is because she’s the most honest one of all or she is more relatable, I can’t decide. Her crush on Sven and how awful that turns out is funny (well, at least until it happens to you) but it is such a true thing that happens more often than not in real life. I think many can totally relate, and this mishap makes Holly even more real. Like you want her to be your best friend (really!). It’s just too bad she’s a fictional character.

I’ll admit the plot twist with Joe showing up during their bar opening is ingenious. I didn’t see that coming. His persistence and then his banter with Holly about an “it’s a nondate” is fabulous. At the risk of sounding repetitive, Holly and Joe are my favorite couple. I like that when Holly makes a decision she sticks to it, unlike Nat and Jessie.

There’s so much more I can say about this book, but I’ll leave you with: If you read anything this summer, read this book. I promise you won’t regret it.

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Amazon: Love the Wine You’re With: A Novel

Love the Wine You're With Book Cover Love the Wine You're With
Kim Gruenenfelder
St. Martin's Griffin
June 13, 2017

Three best friends decide to open a wine bar in Echo Park LA, where they encounter the trials and tribulations of dating, love, and life in Kim Gruenenfelder's Love the Wine You're With. "Balancing moments of profound wisdom with pithy observations, Love the Wine You’re With will brighten your day faster than a glass of chardonnay.” —Jennifer Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of Bitter Is the New Black and The Tao of Martha “Gruenenfelder’s women are smart, likable and good to each other.” —Kirkus Reviews Jessie is finally about to realize her life-long goal of owning her own house, the first step to a wonderful marriage, kids, and life with her boyfriend of three years, Kevin; except after they find the perfect place, Kevin suddenly gets cold feet. Nat is having a passionate affair with her gorgeous British boss Marc—unfortunately, he’s married. Now what? Holly is an actress who still waits tables to pay the bills, and who is coping with the recent loss of her father. A particularly bad audition, where she snaps and tells off a big director, leads her to wonder what to do when you stop loving what you do. (And also what to do about her hot neighbor. Because, you know, hot neighbor.) After each girl finishes a particularly awful workday, the three friends meet at their favorite wine bar, which has been sold by its owner for a huge profit and will close that night. In a moment of tipsy brazenness, Jessie suggests that the three of them open their own wine bar in the gentrifying Echo Park area of Los Angeles. An unapologetically girly place for good wine and good friends—which leads to a challenge for each woman: how do you fix a life that’s not actually broken, but needs an upgrade?