Now, you don't have to be a quilter to enjoy these novels -- you don't even have to have a quilt on your bed! I wouldn't know how to quilt if one came up a slapped me on the face, but I do love to look at them and appreciate the work that goes into creating one. When State Fair time rolls around, you can find me in the Women's Arts building enjoying the quilts hanging from the ceiling -- awesome!
Sonoma Rose is set in California during Prohibition. When Rosa Barclay finally works up the nerve to leave her abusive husband, she flees with only a few things -- among them, her precious heirloom quilts and one special possession each for her four remaining children. Caught in a flash flood, she is rescued and helped by her first (and true) love, Lars. Together, they make their way to the Sonoma Valley and find work and refuge on a vineyard (now illegal, though that is unbeknownst to Rosa and Lars).
This book has it all -- a mother's search for a cure for her children's mysterious, and fatal, illness, gangsters, bootleggers, and above all, the love of a good man.
If you'd like to read more about Ms. Chiaverini's works, and for more info on this book, go to her website. And, there's a new book coming out in October, this one about a winter Elm Creek quilt camp where the quilters gather to make quilts for Project Linus. That's another charity that's near and dear to my heart so I'll be on the lookout for this book for sure!