I really enjoyed this book, though I wouldn't call it an 'Elm Creek' novel. It's a spin-off, and picks up where 'The Quilter's Homecoming' finishes. In fact, the first couple of chapters overlap, as we leave the story from Elizabeth's point of view (in The Quilter's Homecoming), and now take up the story from Rosa's point of view. It has no link whatsoever to Elm Creek, and only a very slim link to Elizabeth, who came from Elm Creek.
However, Jennifer Chiaverini is a master at a good story, especially historical ones, and despite this not being an Elm Creek book, and only a passing mention to Quilting, it's still a very good story. It follows the tale of Rosa, Lars & the children as they escape from the abusive John and search for a cure for Ana & Miguel's mysterious illness, which has already claimed the lives of their older brothers & sisters.
They find refuge with the warm and friendly Cacchione family who own a vineyard. But this is late 1920's, early 1930's, so owning a family vineyard in Probition era is not easy. The Cacchione's activities threaten to reveal Roas & Lars' secret. I thought the potrayl of Lars ongoing struggle with alcholism was very realistic. An extremely good story, really enjoyed this book.
- Hardcover: 601 pages
- Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg Rep edition (7 March 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1410445127
- ISBN-13: 978-1410445124
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.8 x 22.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 771 g
- Customer Reviews: 184 customer ratings