Posted By TLC Booktours on December 22, 2011
About Sonoma Rose
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Adult (February 21, 2012)
From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini, a powerful and dramatic Prohibition-era story that follows the fortunes of Rosa Diaz Barclay, a woman who plunges into the unknown for the safety of her children and the love of a good but flawed man.
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.
JENNIFER CHIAVERINI is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilt series, as well as five collections of quilt projects inspired by the novels. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin.
Connect with Jennifer at her website, Elm Creek Quilts Online.
Jennifer Chiaverini’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, February 13th: Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, February 14th: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews
Thursday, February 16th: Christian Historical Fiction
Monday, February 20th: Angler’s Rest
Wednesday, February 22nd: All Grown Up?
Thursday, February 23rd: Brimful Curiosities
Friday, February 24th: Amused by Books
Monday, February 27th: Col Reads
Tuesday, February 28th: Life in Review
Thursday, March 1st: Reflections of a Bookaholic
Monday, March 5th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, March 6th: Joyfully Retired
Monday, March 12th: Book Dilettante
Thursday, March 15th: Unabridged Chick
Friday, March 16th: Colloquium
Friday, March 30th: A Cozy Reader’s Corner