I actually did get some sewing done this weekend, but this week my blog will be about books! Following my love for quilting, close behind is reading!!
I was asked if I'd be interested in reviewing Jennifer Chiaverini's newest book to be released Tuesday, February 21st. I think this is my first "official" book review. If anybody knows me at all, you know I'm honest. Just don't send me any terrible books to read, and you'll be OK. LOL
The publicists writes to me about the book:
Rosa Diaz Barclay is touched by the criminality surrounding Prohibition when she discovers that her husband, John, has given over the duties of their Southern California rye farm in favor of bootlegging. Fearing the safety of her four children, Rosa flees, carrying only a case of John’s ill-begotten cash and her mother’s two quilts. Lars Jorgensen, her true love and the father of two of her children, aids in her escape, and together the six travel north to San Francisco. Under assumed names, they are hired to work at a Sonoma vineyard, where Rosa creates a personal and professional identity that she would never have dared imagine at the opening of her tale, and one that brings great honor-and beauty-to all who surround her.
Read Amazon's review here.
The idea of a historical fiction intrigued me. I'd probably never pick up the book by reading Amazon's review as it sounds like way too much love story for me.
I didn't get the book until Feb 14th and I am not finished with it yet. I do feel like I can give a review on it though. I admit I went into it thinking I wouldn't really like it. The first two chapters didn't pull me in. I even told me friend I thought it would be a bit fluffy. But, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I am enjoying it!! Jennifer does an excellent job of going back and forth from present day to previous years and so far I feel she is weaving a wonderful fictional story with an accurate view of prohibition in the wine regions of California. I've never given a second thought to what happened to all the wineries when our government decided we need to stop drinking alcohol, including wine. I'm thinking about this when I'm not reading the book! I think that is a sign of a good book when we'd like to know more about a particular era.
If you would like to win this book (when I'm done with it!) please leave a comment and I'll draw a winner next Sunday. That should give me some time to be close to the end. If you have read any other of Jennifer Chiaverini's books, I'd love to know which one has been your favorite.