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Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverini
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Mar 29, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 29 to April 06, 2012

Set during the prohibition era, this story tells fans of the Elm Creek Quilts series a bit more of what happened to Sylvia Bergstrom's cousin Elizabeth after she moved to California but is really about Rosa Diaz and Lars Jorgenson who we were introduced to in an earlier novel. This story is rich with details of what California wine makers did to survive during prohibition combined with a mother's survival instincts and true love.

This book has less to do with quilting than any of the other previous books. In fact, quilts are only mentioned two times and not in great detail. This seems a departure for Chiaverini whose books, although heavy with history and interwoven relationships, don't general deal with such dark topics as spousal abuse and rape. But, that does not detract from this beautifully written heartbreaking tale of Rosa who overcomes many obstacles to triumph in the end.

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