Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverini

47%

14 Critic Reviews

Like an overgrown vine, this book could have benefited from extreme pruning.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini returns with a Prohibition-era novel about one woman’s journey to save her family—and herself

With the nation in the throes of Prohibition, Rosa Diaz Barclay unwittingly discovers that her husband, John, has given over the duties of their Southern California rye farm in favor of armed bootlegging. Fearing the safety of her four beloved children, Rosa flees, with little more than a suitcase filled with John’s ill-gotten gains and her heirloom quilts. Accompanying her is Lars, a good but flawed man who is the mother of two of her children. Under assumed names, Lars and Rosa hire on at a Sonoma County vineyard, seeking not only refuge from danger, but convalescence for two of the children, who suffer from a mysterious wasting disease. The devotion of the Italian-American community to the craft of viticulture inspires Rosa to acquire a vineyard of her own, even as she discovers firsthand its inherent hardships and dangers winemakers face in such turbulent times.
 

About Jennifer Chiaverini

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Jennifer Chiaverini lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to the six volumes in the Elm Creek Quilts series and two books of quilt patterns inspired by the novels, she designs the Elm Creek Quilts fabric line from Red Rooster Fabrics.
 
Published February 21, 2012 by Plume. 432 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Sonoma Rose
All: 14 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Below average
Feb 01 2012

Like an overgrown vine, this book could have benefited from extreme pruning.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Bunny Callahan

Chiaverini has an impressive ability to bring a time and place alive, showcasing the effects of Prohibition on farmers in Sonoma Valley.

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City Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Benford on Apr 03 2012

Rosa particularly comes across more like the vaporous heroine of a soap opera than the earthy, loving woman she is intended to be.

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Peeking Between the Pages

Below average
Reviewed by Darlene on Feb 13 2012

...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.

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Debbie's Book Bag

Below average
Mar 23 2012

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.

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Amused by Books

Below average
Feb 24 2012

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.

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Unabridged Chick

Below average
Reviewed by Audra on Mar 15 2012

I just didn't resonate with the characters or writing style, despite the book's interesting setting and potentially fun premise.

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Historical Novel Review

Good
Feb 21 2012

Beautiful prose, rich descriptions, and an endearing story of courage and hope make this an awesome read.

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A Chick Who Reads

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Mar 05 2012

Everything about this story is beautiful, including the stunning front cover.

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Life in Review

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Vasquez on Feb 28 2012

The writing is very lovely with rich, detailed descriptions.

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Stewartry

Below average
Mar 12 2012

Characterization felt a little shallow, and a lot inconsistent...

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Creative Madness Mama

Good
Feb 16 2012

Immediately from the beginning of the novel I was intrigued and captivated by the characters and the story.

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A Cozy Reader's Corner

Below average
Reviewed by Tiffany on Mar 30 2012

While I enjoyed parts of this book, I also felt lost and over stimulated at times.

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Brimful Curiosities

Good
Feb 23 2012

Sonoma Rose is a rather complex combination of themes and fairly action-packed, full of dramatic events.

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