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Sonoma Rose (Elm Creek Quilts #19)

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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. T
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Dutton (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 08, 2012 Jan rated it did not like it
This book was a huge disappointment. First of all it isn't a book about quilts or quilt-loving people, like all the rest have been. Second, the heroine was a moronic idiot. She didn't have any character at all.

Rose has a childhood friend who she refuses to marry because he drinks too much. So, instead she ends up marrying a wife-beater. Her first and fifth child come from her childhood, drunk-but-still-a-good-man sweetheart. The other six children have celiac disease and it takes her forever to
Mar 09, 2012 Jackie rated it did not like it
I probably shouldn't even rate this with stars since I have decided not to finish this book and send it on its way back to the library. I have been a fan of Mrs. Chiaverini's work since I read her first book. I've loved her characters, the setting, the association with quilting - another interest of mine - and the stories she weaves. Somehow with this one I believe Mrs. Chiaverini has gone far astray.

Life is full of choices and consequences. Our choices often determine the consequences, sometime
Feb 29, 2012 Terri rated it it was ok
Calling this an Elm Creek Quilts novel is a bit of a stretch. The connection to previous Elm Creek Quilt novels is tenuous, at best, and any mention of actual quilting seems thrown in as an afterthought. The storyline is interesting, but I couldn't work up much empathy for the main character. Chiaverini's main characters are usually women, often with flaws, but redeemed by their strengths and resourcefulness. The main character in this book seemed to be shaped by her circumstances more than by t ...more
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
What a Beautiful Cover!

In previous editions we were reminded that some of Sylvia Berstrom’s relatives had migrated to California. Sonoma Rose starts with a little of that history, picking up where The Quilter’s Homecoming, that was published in 2007 left off.

We meet Elizabeth Bergstrom Nelson’s friend, Rosa Diaz as the country is coping with all the restrictions of Prohibition. Mother to eight children, Rosa mourns the loss of four who succumbed to the mysterious wasting disease currently afflic
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Sadly, this was a DNF for me. I tried about three times to get in to the story, employing my usual tactic of reading 100 pages in before giving up. In this case, I just didn't resonate with the characters or writing style, despite the book's interesting setting and potentially fun premise.

The book doesn't open with a date, so I had to guess when this is set -- through Rosa's discovery of a tommy gun and liquor casks it's clear the setting is sometime during the Prohibition -- but whether that's
May 11, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing
As usual, Jennifer Chiaverini wrote another wonderful story to add to the Elm Creek Quilts series. This book follows The Quilter's Homecoming where we were left with a cliffhanger about Rosa and her children who run away from an abusive husband/father in the midst of a violent rain storm. In Sonoma Rose we get the history of Rosa, John, and Lars relationship and how Rosa married John instead of Lars, and furthermore why she stays with John even though he beats her.

This book takes place during th
Julie Barrett
Jun 12, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
Sonoma Rose
This part of the quilt series is about Rosa in CA and she's had enough abuse and she and the children are fleeing along with John's strongbox. Her husband did not like her parents and they were not allowed at family events.
She grabs the family quilts and photos and she knows John will follow her to the mesa, but he doesn't know of the caves...Her childhood friend Lars might be able to help save her and the children. Lots of secrets as to who the father is of the children but he just
Kathleen Dixon
This is a nice novel that could with just a few tweaks stand alone from the Elm Creek Quilts series. On the other hand, it gives a nice completion to a side-story told in an earlier book, and will no doubt provide a bit of a segué to a coming-up story where we learn the continuing story of Elizabeth, Sylvia's cousin. And for that you need to have been following the series.

Because this relies on a earlier story but needs to be complete in itself, there are several pieces of repetition. This is on
Andrea Guy
This is a fantastic book, the kind that it is hard to put down once you start. It is about family, prohibition, love and quilts.

From the get go, Jennifer's writing pulls you in. There's so much drama with Rosa's family, sick children, an abusive husband, who just happens to be part of a bootlegging operation, and the lover she should have married but didn't.

You want good things to happen to Rosa, because she deserves them, but no life is complete without struggles. It is just so hard to believe
Sep 09, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok
I've read all the Elm Creek Quilt books, in order. That being said, it isn't necessary to do that when reading this book. I'm not actually sure why this one is tagged as an Elm Creek Quilts novel at all. Except for a slight relation to one of the other characters, which wasn't even presented as important, this book was so far from an Elm Creek Quilts novel to be considered one at all.

Rose (aka Rosa) has always been in love with Lars. But because of his drinking and other issues that arise with t
Alexis Villery
Mar 13, 2012 Alexis Villery rated it liked it
Rosa Barclay has faced heartache after heartache. She loses her childhood love because a family feud that she wants no part of and is forced into a loveless marriage. The marriage soon falls apart when her husband results to violence and later discovers her betrayal. Rosa is forced to flee the only home she knows to save herself and her four remaining children. Not only does she continue to look over her shoulder for the abusive husband who is sure to come after here, but she must hurry to find ...more
San Frazier
Mar 17, 2012 San Frazier rated it it was amazing
This book was so good I am so happy that I have a new beloved author on my list.the story presents following your heart to the fullest. It was so inspiring and fun.It just brings to the forefront how as women we can be so self sacrificing thinking we are doing the right thing but, guess what we are not always right. Sometimes it is not good to stay in a relationship to Quote "for the kids". how are we teaching them to have loving trusting relationships if they see use hurting and miserable or if ...more
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 lon
Feb 22, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing
In the book Sonoma Rose, Jennifer Chiaverini has switched from the Elm Creek quilters but there is still a link to them because one of the characters in this novel is related to the founder of the Elm Creek Quilts. This novel takes the reader to California where Elizabeth Nelson had moved to after leaving Pennsylvania and unfolds the story of Rosa Diaz Barclay. Rosa's story begins as a tragic one of marrying a man she doesn't love who ends up being terribly abusive to her and passes on a gene to ...more
Apr 08, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Jennifer Chiaverini has written another wonderful Elm Creek Quilts novel.

Rosa Diaz Barclay lives on a rye farm in Southern California with her very abusive husband, John. John is also the postmaster and is responsible for getting the mail to all the nearby families. He is, as it looks, into some shady business elsewhere other than his farm. Rosa and John have been parents to 8 children, 4 of whom succumbed to a mysterious disease. Rosa is forever asking John to let her take the sick children rem
Aug 20, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
This book involves quilting only tangentially, but is a continuation of some story threads (pun intended) from The Quilter's Homecoming. The book is not always easy to read, as it describes spouse abuse and the unhappy family life it creates, but those episodes are told in flashback and are tolerable even for a reader sensitive to the subject. Chiaverini presents a more complex moral context than in any of her other books, with bad decisions leading to more bad decisions, good decisions being th ...more
Jun 23, 2012 Ritu rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is an average book written by Jennifer Chiaverini. I have been a fan of all her Elm Creek books - but this book was not as authentic and believable as Jennifer's previous book. Mark my words - the writing was good - but the storyline, the plot was weak and very childish.
Bare outline - Rosa was in love with her high school sweetheart and got pregnant. Due to their respecive family feuds, she settled into marrying another man. Her husband discovers after the birth of their daughter that he w
Nathalie S
Mar 25, 2013 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing
Another powerful book by Jennifer Chiaverini. Here we learn the "rest of the story" as it were of Rosa Diaz Barclay and Lars Jorgenson who had disappeared without trace in another book. This takes place during Prohibition--I knew a little about it but it was interesting to hear the point of view of the wine growers and how this affected so many lives of the people of the Sonoma Valley, near Santa Rosa. I have visited this beautiful area several times and it was fun to "revisit" Glen Ellen, Santa ...more
Robyn Echols
Jun 28, 2012 Robyn Echols rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Chiaverini is one of my all-time favorite authors. This book is as great as the other fiction by this author I have read, which I think is all of them. I love her storylines, the ties to her fictional family, and the way she works quilts into her stories. This book explores some morally difficult situations and choices, and, although I cannot condone everything that was done, I felt the author portrayed the situations sensitively and in a manner that inspired empathy. I definitely recom ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Connie rated it it was amazing
Chiaverini has shifted the geographical focus of "Elm Street Quilts" to the West Coast of the US. I really enjoyed learning about how California wine growers were impacted by Prohibition. I also was excited to learn what had happened to the long-lost cousins, Henry and Elizabeth. At first the geographic shift and focus on new characters was a bit disconcerting but after a few chapters, I had "moved on" and had accepted the new ones.

Great book for those who enjoy historical fiction and Chiaverini
Sep 02, 2015 Karin rated it really liked it
I liked it well enough that three stars seems cruel. I always learn some history from Jennifer's books.
Cheryl Gatling
I promise you this book has a satisfactory ending, but it is a hard, hard road getting there. Rosa endures so much misfortune, that when I described the plot to my father, he said "And you're reading this book for... entertainment?" Rosa and Lars are crazy in love, but her family hates his family, so they meet in secret. Still, Rosa figures she will marry Lars, but when he develops a drinking problem, she breaks it off with him. When she finds herself pregnant with Lars' child, she marries the s ...more
Jul 30, 2016 JoAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuation of the Elm Creek Quilt series that takes place in California during Prohibition.
Rosa and Lars have had much heartache and demons in their lives. Friends from a young age things go wrong when he's not the man he needs in her life.

Marrying John was her answer but what an unfortunate mistake that was! Rosa sees her children dying of illness, one after another and her husband, John, has no interest in seeking additional medical treatment to help them. His cruelty to Rosa and her mother
I started this book by listening to it on MP3 player in the car, but I only got to listen to short snippets as I was only driving around town. I finally returned the CDs and got the book to finish.

My overall impression of this book was only average because of the domestic violence described in the book. And maybe it was made worse because I was listening to the voices, rather than just reading the words. I have lived through some verbal abuse in my past and it makes me VERY uncomfortable to list
Sep 19, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
This is the nineteenth book in the quilting series written by Chiaverini and answers some of the mysteries left in the book "The Quilter's Homecoming". There is also an interesting take on prohibition which was too one-sided, unfortunately. It did show that trying to legislate "clean living" without changing hearts is quite often a losing proposition.
Margaret Schwind
This is one of those books which makes me wish I could give half stars, in which case it would be two and a half. Since I can't, it gets rounded down to two. It was an OK story, which kept my interest, but it's far more of a stand-alone book rather than part of a series. The connection with the rest of the Elm Creek stories is tenuous at best, with a very brief cameo appearance by Elizabeth Bergstrom Nelson that seems to be more of a plot point to move story along. And aside from an occasional m ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5 stars. Too much repetitive angst and too many threads. I did enjoy reading about prohibition and its affect on winemakers in California.
May 22, 2012 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
This was a lovely book to read. Set away from Elm Creek but with a small quilting theme it was a different path to go diwn which I loved. Thanks Jennifer. Cant wait for another good book from you.
Feb 25, 2015 Joslins rated it liked it
While this is one of the Elm Creek Quilts novels, it can be read alone, none of the major characters from the series is in this book, only one of the minor characters has a brief part. While Rosa made several choices that I don't agree with, what I found interesting in the book was the fact that Rosa's kids have a disease that is killing them and she has to find the cause. Set during Prohibition in California, there are gangsters, corrupt Feds, and vintners just trying to get by. I learned more ...more
Ann Boytim
Feb 16, 2014 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
Another book in the Elm Creek Quilts series but this one really does not mention much about quilts. Set in the time of prohibition in wine country in Sonoma and shows what hardship prohibition meant to wine growers and how some were bootleggers. Rosa is in an abusive relationship and runs away with a former boyfriend taking her children with her and they make a new life in California but do not have an easy time of it until they finally purchase a property with vines and a winemaker and Rose lea ...more
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Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as six collections of quilt patterns inspired by her books. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. About her historical fiction, the Milwaukee Journal Se ...more
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