A Quilt for Christmas
"There is indeed an awfulness to being alone."
I must admit I was not really looking forward to reading another bookclub pick with the dreaded word QUILT in the title (sorry girls), but Sandra Dallas' A QUILT FOR CHRISTMAS was a pleasant surprise.
It is a story of courageous women left behind to fend for themselves, their children and each other during the horrendous Civil War of 1864 when hiding slaves and survival was commonplace. And, yes, there is a touching tale of a small Christma...more
Recommended for reading after a busy day of Christmas preparations!
Her stories tend to be too "woman-y" in storyline for me, at least usually, but the writing is so fine I have to read them. A Quilt for Christmas is no exception.
Not fodder for the Hallmark Channel at all, I enjoyed this book no less than others by Dallas. It is not a Christmas story, nor a story about quilts. Those are devices to tell a story about Kansas during the Civil War ...more
I won this several months but saved it to read at Christmas and although not a Christmas read per SE, it did have a good Christmas message of home, family, forgiveness and tolerance. It was not a deep book, but one with a simple, straightforward moral lesson where enemies become friends and deep-seated vengeance and hatred gives way to kindness and understanding.
Set in the last year of the Civil War and the first year af ...more
enjoyed this one:) It's a quick read with wonderful characters. I also liked the setting during the civil war...
I admired Eliza's and Missouri Ann's courage and strength throughout thr book. They never backed down and stood up for themselves and others (especially against a certain despicable family.)
Loved the other ladies in the quilting group, I would not have the patience for it haha. It was fun reading about them ...more
Sandra Dallas had me riveted to her story. My Great(3x) Grandfather Stephen came to the US from Ireland, settled in Wisconsin and fought for the Union in the Civil War. More than once while reading A Quilt f ...more
During the last year of the USA Civil War, Eliza Spooner and her two children are waiting out the war times missing their husband and father. Will is a loving and compassionate man who has joined the Union Army. At home, Eliza takes in a war widow and her baby daughter, a run away slave woman, and a soldier ...more
In 1864 Eliza Spooner’s husband, Will, joined the Kansas Volunteers to fight the Confederates, leaving her with their two children and in ch ...more
This one I picked up three years ago, autographed personally by Sandra Dallas when I met her at a Women Writing the West conference. Set in Kansas during the Civil War, Eliza is a strong farmers wife who loses her husband to the War, soon after he receives the Christmas quilt she made for him. This story is a story of survival and perseverance on the plains; friendship and family.
The Civil War left women to care for their families and farms. Eliza Spooner's husband joined the Union side full of passion and zeal, but she didn't get to choose the task of running the farm with her young son and daughter, trying to keep food on the table and danger at bay. Yet, when another widow, Missouri Ann, and her baby are in desperate straits, Eliza takes them in. She yearns for the end of the war and the return of her husband to give her relief from her burdens, but, until that time,...more
The main character is Eliza and she has 2 children. Eliza's husband Will goes to fight the Confederates and she is left to raise the children and maintain their farm. She makes a quilt for him and gives it to one of the men home o ...more
Overall, I thought the story-telling came across as a tiny bit simplistic, but still enormously touching. I especially liked when Eliza and her children read the letters they received from her husband, Will, fighting on the front. Those letters were very special. What a good man he was an ...more
I’m in awe of people who, when the country was still new, were brave enough to set off into the vast u ...more
So it is with this book--a lovely story with compassion and warmth, the perfect Christmas novel :)
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A journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. A staff ...more