J. T. Lundy lives in Naperville, Illinois, where he writes novels and screenplays. A graduate of Indiana University, he also holds an MFA from Spalding University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is the previous author of Happy Utopia Day, Joe McCarthy. Commenting on that book, Kirkus Reviews said that Lundy "is a talented writer who crafts vivid characters . . . and serves up vigorous prose with punchy dialogue."
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--and it's worth millions. But there's a catch! If Jason goes to jail, the vineyard will transfer to his unscrupulous stepbrother.
To raise the cash he needs, Jason travels to France with his knucklehead of a best friend to sell the vineyard. Cashing in will not be so simple, though. Formidable nuns farm the vineyard, and he needs their blessing to sell. To persuade the good sisters, Jason attempts a madcap series of dubious schemes, and while doing so falls for what he thinks is the perfect French woman. Amidst this melee of wine, women, nuns, and villains, Jason must unearth his true values in order to save more than just his soul.
Infused with J.T. Lundy's deliciously skewed sense of humor, and full of flawed but irresistible characters, Saving Grapes is a rollicking, good-hearted Wodehousian comedy that speaks to the hapless romantic in all of us.
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