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Life in Review: “Sonoma Rose” by Jennifer Chiaverini + Giveaway!

February 28, 2012

*Please read through to the end of this post for instructions on how to enter the giveaway.  

Sonoma Rose (An Elm Creek Quilts Novel) by Jennifer Chiaverini is a compelling drama, taking place during Prohibition, about a woman who goes to great lengths to protect her children.

Rosa Barclay lives in Southern California with her four children, in constant fear and turmoil because of her frequently violent husband. She also lives in a constant state of worry over her children. She has already lost four and two of her remaining children are now ill. The worst part is that the cause is a mystery illness and no one knows how to treat it, and her husband is unwilling to take the children to a different doctor to seek answers. Then one day Rosa’s neighbor and friend, Elizabeth, comes for a routine visit to get her mail, but things go horribly wrong. That day will forever change the whole direction of Rosa’s life.

I very highly recommend this book. The writing is very lovely with rich, detailed descriptions. I personally liked this story because I liked Rosa so much. I was cheering for her from the very beginning and it kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen to her. It’s a family drama that also has plenty of mystery and intense suspense. This is the first of Jennifer Chiaverini’s books that I have read. She has written a whole series of Elm Creek Quilts novels and I hope to get a chance to read more of them.

I would also like to note for those of you who prefer to read “clean” fiction, that although this isn’t a Christian fiction title, it is what I would consider “clean” fiction. Her books are considered inspirational, there isn’t language to be concerned about, and they are sold on Although this particular book does deal with some difficult subjects, they are real-life issues that are also tackled in Christian fiction. In this story, Rosa was born and raised Catholic, and sticking to her Catholic values is extremely important to her.

Book Summary:

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.

Buy Sonoma Rose (Elm Creek Quilts)

About Jennifer Chiaverini

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

Wednesday, February 29th:  Reflections of a Bookaholic

Friday, March 2nd:  Unabridged Chick

Monday, March 5th:  A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, March 6th:  Joyfully Retired

Wednesday, March 7th:  Colloquium 

Monday, March 12th:  Book Dilettante

Wednesday, March 14th:  A Cozy Reader’s Corner

Thursday, March 15th:  Unabridged Chick

*If you would like to enter the giveaway for a copy of Sonoma Rose, then here is how:

1. Mandatory Entry – Leave a comment with an email address. You must leave an email address to be entered.

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I will leave comments open through 03/05 and will notify the winner on 03/06.  

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This book was provided for review by Dutton Adult and TLC Book Tours.


Michelle V

24 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2012 5:40 am

    I am SO SO SO super jealous of you right now! I LOVE this series and have been dying for this book! :-) Thanks for sharing your review.


    • February 28, 2012 6:58 am

      Isn’t that funny because I had never read any of these books before this one. I loved it.

  2. February 28, 2012 7:01 am

    This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. I haven’t started reading the series, I do have some of the books but want to read them in order so I haven’t started them yet. I didn’t realize it was a series when I bought the first one, so now I’m concentrating on getting all of them.


  3. February 28, 2012 7:05 am

    I am a follower, wfnren or Wendy Newcomb.


  4. February 28, 2012 7:07 am

    I like you on Facebook, Wendy Newcomb.


  5. February 28, 2012 7:08 am

    I subscribe through email.


  6. February 28, 2012 8:16 am

    OH! This sounds soooo good! I have read a couple of Jennifer’s books from this series and absolutely LOVED them. They are so rich and vivid. Love the characters and her writing style! Great review, Michelle!

    By the way, I am a fan (of course) and a follower (of course, lol)

  7. February 28, 2012 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love historical fiction and have been after a copy of this for a while.

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  8. February 28, 2012 2:42 pm

    I’m a GFC follower (SusieBookworm).

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  9. February 28, 2012 2:43 pm

    I’ve subscribed by e-mail.

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  10. Cindi permalink
    February 28, 2012 10:29 pm

    What interesting characters and plot!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  11. Cindi permalink
    February 28, 2012 10:29 pm

    I am an email subscriber to your blog…
    Again, many thanks!

  12. Cindi permalink
    February 28, 2012 10:30 pm

    Also, I am an email newsletter subscriber of yours.
    Merci, Cindi

  13. Cindi permalink
    February 28, 2012 10:31 pm

    I follow your RSS feed via my Google Reader Page.
    Thanks bunches!

  14. Margie permalink
    February 29, 2012 6:40 am

    This looks like a wonderfully inspirational book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Margie permalink
    February 29, 2012 6:41 am

    follow by GFC

  16. Margie permalink
    February 29, 2012 6:42 am

    Facebook fan

  17. Margie permalink
    February 29, 2012 6:42 am

    email subscriber

  18. March 2, 2012 7:31 pm

    It seems that “clean” reads are less and less common these days. I’m glad to see that this one is both “clean” and a good read!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  19. March 3, 2012 10:41 am

    I’ve really been looking forward to reading this book and would love to win a copy! Jennifer Chiaverini’s books are fantastic! Thank you for a great giveaway. :) brown (dot) k (at) centurytel (dot) net

  20. March 4, 2012 4:46 pm

    I am now following you on Facebook. brown (dot) k (at) centurytel (dot) net

  21. March 4, 2012 4:48 pm

    #1 – I am now subscribed via email. brown (dot) k (at) centurytel (dot) net

  22. March 4, 2012 4:48 pm

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  1. Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Sonoma Rose, on tour February/March 2012 | TLC Book Tours

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