As the nation grapples with the strictures of Prohibition, Rosa Barclay lives on a Southern California rye farm with her volatile husband, John, who has lately found another source of income far outside the federal purview.
Mother to eight children, Rosa mourns the loss of four who succumbed to the mysterious wasting disease that is now afflicting young Ana and Miguel. Two daughters born of another father are in perfect health. When an act of violence shatters Rosa's resolve to maintain her increasingly dangerous existence, she flees with the children and her precious heirloom quilts to the mesa where she last saw her beloved mother alive.
As a flash flood traps them in a treacherous canyon, only one man is brave-or foolhardy-enough to come to their rescue: Lars Jorgenson, Rosa's first love and the father of her healthy daughters. Together they escape to Berkeley, where a leading specialist offers their only hope of saving Ana and Miguel. Here in northern California, they create new identities to protect themselves from Rosa's vengeful husband, the police who seek her for questioning, and the gangsters Lars reported to Prohibition agents-officers representing a department often as corrupt as the Mob itself. Ever mindful that his youthful alcoholism provoked Rosa to spurn him, Lars nevertheless supports Rosa's daring plan to stake their futures on a struggling Sonoma Valley vineyard-despite the recent hardships of local winemakers whose honest labors at viticulture have, through no fault of their own, become illegal.
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Chiaverini has an impressive ability to bring a time and place alive, showcasing the effects of Prohibition on farmers in Sonoma Valley.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
Rosa particularly comes across more like the vaporous heroine of a soap opera than the earthy, loving woman she is intended to be.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
...although some parts dragged a bit for me, for the most part I just really enjoyed the story being told and all the historical detail really enriched this novel for me as well.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
The book showed potential but it felt more like the first book in series, that promises something more instead of the 19th book in a series.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
I just didn't resonate with the characters or writing style, despite the book's interesting setting and potentially fun premise.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
There were certain plot lines that dragged for pages and pages that I felt Chiaverini could have tightened up and therefore could have cut the story down significantly without ruining the crux of the story.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
Beautiful prose, rich descriptions, and an endearing story of courage and hope make this an awesome read.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
Everything about this story is beautiful, including the stunning front cover.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
Characterization felt a little shallow, and a lot inconsistent...Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
The writing is very lovely with rich, detailed descriptions.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
Immediately from the beginning of the novel I was intrigued and captivated by the characters and the story.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
While I enjoyed parts of this book, I also felt lost and over stimulated at times.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
Sonoma Rose is a rather complex combination of themes and fairly action-packed, full of dramatic events.Read Full Review of Sonoma Rose
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