Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverini
An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 405 (paperback)
Source: TLC Book Tours
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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 enjoyed reading about the prohibition era, a topic I've read little about. I had previously given little thought to the difficulties for wine makers during this period and it was quite interesting. Unfortunately, this book was just meh for me because I didn't connect with any of the characters especially Rosa. I felt she never took responsibility for her decisions and I felt I was reading about a character who rationalized her actions instead of taking control of her life. I felt it was silly for her to keep her love from her family for so long instead of making a decision and dealing with the consequences. I also thought it seemed imprudent to blame her teenage love, Lars, for end of their relationship. I found her actions contributed just as much as his. While she always stood up to him, she never found the gumption to stand up to her family or her husband. My heart went out to her because of the domestic violence that she had to endure, but it wasn't enough to garner enough empathy for me. I'm not quite sure where the Elm Creek Quilts part came in. This might be the background for another novel or something like that.
Overall, it wasn't for me, but I think many other readers had better experiences with this read. I'd recommend checking out a few other reviews.
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