Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverini

Title:  Sonoma Rose
Author:  Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Pages:  416
Published:  February 2012
Publisher:  Penguin
Source:  via Publisher
Where to buy:  Amazon

Synopsis:

As the nation grapples with the strictures of Prohibition, Rosa Diaz 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 currently 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.
I was thrilled when I received a copy of this book I did a happy dance.  Jennifer's novels are easily the best series I've had the pleasure of reading.  They are so filled with amazing women, great historical details and the type of story that you just can't put down.

For Rosa, life isn't pleasant.  She is tied to an abusive husband, and only stays because she feels she has no where else to turn.  When events suddenly change and she has to run to protect herself and her children.  With the help of long time friend and first love Lars.

We initially meet Rosa, John and the children in another of the Elm Creek Quilt novels - "The Quilter's Homecoming" the story of Elizabeth and Henry Nelson (relatives of Sylvia a main character of the series) who venture to California to see their fortune.  We also meet Lars and his family, who help Nelson's get on their feet.

I love how Jennifer weaves the characters from past books into Sonoma Rose, and how we get to see what happens to Rosa and the children - who are mentioned in "The Quilter's Homecoming" but we never really hear what happened.

So much happens to Rosa, Lars and the children in this story.  They take on new identities to protect themselves and hope that their pasts don't catch up with them.  They also take the chance that someone out there will have a cure for the disease that is killing Rosa's two children and took four from her already. 

For those who are fans of Jennifer's books this is a great addition to the series.  Anyone who loves a combination of contemporary women's fiction, historical fiction and quilting will adore this series!

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One lucky person is going to win a copy of Jennifer's newest novel "Sonoma Rose"
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Thank you Penguin US for the opportunity to read and review this book, as well as the giveaway!

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4 comments:

  1. I enjoy both historical and women's fiction so a combination sounds wonderful. It sounds like there are some great women to meet. Thank you for the chance to read it.

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  2. Aislynn, darling, I adore your reviews and giveaways! You always manage to dig up the most interesting books that I somehow overlooked or haven't heard of! How amazing to have you :) Thanks to you my TBR is ever-growing!

    Fabulous review, I have been in an abusive relationship years ago, and I think I could easily relate to the main character in this book. Besides, the way you described it leads me to believe this is quite an emotional ride. I would really love to read it!

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful review and fab giveaway!

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    1. You should definitely check out the series - It's one of my favorites!! I have almost all the books now :)

      I always love when you comment on my posts - you are such a sweetheart!

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  3. How do I get a chance to win this book? I love Jen C. books! Please count me in...

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