Monday, February 20, 2012

Book Review - Sonoma Rose

First let me say that reading is a true passion with me.   As a young child, I wanted to read.  My mother read lots of things.  My older sister started school and soon she was reading too.  I felt left out. I saw the joy they got from books.  I did have one book of my very own.  I could "read" it too.  You see, I had memorized every word.  "Little boy blue, come blow your horn...."  It was a book of nursery rhymes with wonderful illustrations. 
Fast forward a few years. (okay, okay!  more than a few!) 
Two or three weeks ago, I got an email asking if I would like to review a book. Ha!  Yes please! 

I was sent a pre-release copy of  Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverini.  

The first night I started reading it, I had very little time to read.  I only read the first sixteen pages before I had to do something else. It was tough to put the book down; you see, I was already hooked.  This book is a great read. The characters quickly came to life and I was totally involved in the story of Rosa Diaz Barclay.  Rosa is in a terrible marriage. Rosa has borne eight children.   Two of her children are ill with a devastating illness that has already claimed the lives of four other children.  The other two children are robust and healthy. 
This story takes place in California during the days of Prohibition.  As California is known for the wine country in Sonoma valley, prohibition meant the loss of livelihood for many families.  Ms. Chiaverini manages to weave a story that will keep you spellbound as you learn about that history.   For me, the aspect of the children's illness was another interesting part of the story. 
Although Jennifer Chiaverini is known for stories that involve quilts, the quilts play only a small supporting role in this book. 
This book has characters that are well developed and complex. The story is rich and satisfying like a good meal.   You will close this book with a smile and a sigh.  

I highly recommend this book.  It was a delight. 


Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

I can't wait to read Jennifer's newest book! I'm on the wait list at my local library but I'm #24. Thanks for the great review!!

GerryART said...

I enjoyed the earliest of JC's books but not so much thereafter. Gene, perhaps I'd better pick this most recent novel a try.
Thanks for your opinion, I'll take a look.

Rhonda said...

Gene upon your recommendation I'm off to buy the book!

Unknown said...

When do you ever have time to sleep??? Quilting, playing with EQ, reading . . . you're one busy man!!! :)

Snoodles said...

This sounds intriguing...never have read any of her books, but you have made this one go on my list for my library trip! Thanks for a good review, Gene!

EvaMae said...

I may have to read this book! I am from Sonoma :-)

Unknown said...

Do you know if it is available as an e-book? I was thinking that next month I will spend my fabric money on a kindle. This looks like it would be a wonderful choice for my first book.

JJ said...

Thanks for the review. I will have to keep my eye out for that one. I find I read less these days because of my quilting habit and of course working all day. The boss frowns on reading novels at work. lol

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Great review Gene. I'm a reader and my Mom was a reader. My kids only for school and work. I have two granddaughters that might have the bug.

ooglebloops said...

I have one of this author's books - it will be in one of giveaway baskets at the workshop.