The Sonoma Rose

11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13¼ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781464003912. $123.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 11 CDs. retail ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Rosa Barclay lives on a Southern California farm, where two of her children thrive while their siblings wither toward death. When her abusive husband realizes the children aren't his, no one is safe from his rage. Rosa and her brood escape with her childhood sweetheart, Lars, to Prohibition-era Sonoma Valley. Listeners grapple alongside the makeshift family as they struggle with the children's disease, the depressed economy of the times, and the fear of discovery by a number of foes. Christina Moore's narration is natural but full of emotion and character. The political and family themes make this a good choice for book club discussion.
VERDICT Fans of female-focused historical fiction and readers of Debbie Macomber's "Blossom Street" series will enjoy this audiobook.

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