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A Quilt for Christmas

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,931 Ratings  ·  375 Reviews
In Sandra Dallas' novel A Quilt for Christmas, it is 1864 and Eliza Spooner's husband Will has joined the Kansas volunteers to fight the Confederates, leaving her with their two children and in charge of their home and land. Eliza is confident that he will return home, and she helps pass the months making a special quilt to keep Will warm during his winter in the army. Whe ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Sherrie Heyse No overt sexual passages. This is a beautiful story of how women lived at this time in an area torn by people on both sides of the Civil War. Sweetly…moreNo overt sexual passages. This is a beautiful story of how women lived at this time in an area torn by people on both sides of the Civil War. Sweetly romantic. I think she would like A Quilt for Christmas.(less)

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3.5 Stars

"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

Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming Christmas story set in civil war times. I liked Eliza and the circle of friends she quilted with. She took in a widow, Missouri Ann Stark, and the women ran the farm while the men were away in battle. I enjoy reading books set back in time when attitudes and thinking we're so proper, and ways were much simpler.
Recommended for reading after a busy day of Christmas preparations!
I was in the mood for a book with a quilting theme after visiting a quilt exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art recently. A Quilt for Christmas is a book about strong women during the Civil War era. Their husbands were soldiers with the Kansas Volunteers, and some were killed in the battlefield. The women treasured their monthly quilting meetings because their friendships with other women helped keep their spirits up. A Stars and Stripes quilt made by Eliza for her husband Will for C ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sandra Dallas is a fine storyteller, that is a high compliment. Her books are well researched and extremely well written.

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
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this via Goodreads First reads in exchange for an honest review.

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
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was undecided if I should give this book three or four stars, most likely it is a 3.5 for me. The story was very interesting though I do question the use of down for stuffing the quilt sent to her husband. Reason being is that down when wet, is useless (for warmth) and I am sure if a quilt is sent to a soldier in the Civil War, it would encounter some rain. That part made me really question the author's research, but again perhaps I am wrong on this point. I have made several quilts and I have ...more
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher for the ARC. I have to say this was not my favorite of Sandra Dallas' books. Her characters are usually SO well-drawn, but Eliza fell a little flat for me. The supporting characters felt a bit more vibrant. I would have liked to know more about the story of Clara, and even Missouri Ann. I did enjoy it and it was a quick read, I just still think it wasn't as good as The Bride's House or True Sisters. Now I do have to read The Persian Pickle Club, however!
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Sweet story in Civil War era. I finished it in three days, so I’d say it was a page turner.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
All one would have to do is take a trip through my Goodreads shelves to know without a doubt Sandra Dallas is one of my most favorite authors. Her writing and word choice flows so easily and I find myself reading her work very quickly. This book was no exception. It was a fast paced historical fiction account of a Kansas family dealing with the realities of the Civil War. There were several quilt references as one might expect in a book named "A Quilt for Christmas". However, it was not so overb ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to TL by: Goodreads FirstReads
I received this via Goodreads First reads in exchange for an honest review
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
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, christmas
If you are a fan of Sandra Dallas’s The Persian Pickle Club you’ll be pleased to know that the characters in Eliza’s quilting group are grandmothers of the Persian Pickle Club ladies. I haven’t read The Persian Pickle Club but I’m certainly tempted to now that I’ve read A Quilt for Christmas.

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
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
For me, this is one of Sandra Dallas' best books. The interaction between those in need, forgiveness between enemies, and the companionship between women in war times was especially well done.

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
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The title is about a quilt for Christmas, which the story is about. The story, though, is more so about what the Civil War did to those left behind while the husbands went to fight in the war, North versus South. The feelings, how the women coped left alone to farm and take care of their families, the hardships they went through during the course of the war.

In 1864 Eliza Spooner’s husband, Will, joined the Kansas Volunteers to fight the Confederates, leaving her with their two children and in ch
Barb Martin
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
As always, Sandra Dallas crafted a sweet little story that passed quickly. This tale, about a woman whose husband has left their farm to fight for the Union in the Civil War, has her classic touches: good women friends who bond over quilts, troubles from folks who mean them harm and a chance to show their character and level of friendship. There were a couple of surprising twists and an ending that seemed appropriate, although perhaps a tad unlikely. Gentle, sweet and thoughtful. That is typical ...more
A Christmas story set during the American civil war that deals with families, love, and forgiveness. The writing was okay and the plot was good. It's probably not a story that will stick in my mind for long.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading more by this author. A good historical read.
5 stars.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I am on a roll with the Christmas books this year!
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.
I read this book for an A-Z challenge I'm doing for one of the groups I'm in here at Goodreads. I enjoyed reading this story about a group of quilters during the Civil War.
Joanne G.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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,
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won the ARC and absolutely Loved this book. It is a period piece that take places during the civil war. Unfortunately it does show the horrors of war but also show the strength and compassion of those who were left behind. BEWARE I have spoiled part of the book below.

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
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sandra-dallas
A Christmas Quilt tells the story of a circle of courageous women who are left behind on their farms in a time of war. In this case the men joining the Kansas Volunteers fighting for the Union in the Civil War.
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
Book Review & Giveaway: I get all nostalgic when I read historical holiday themed novels, so I was very interested when I saw A Quilt for Christmas by bestselling and award-winning author Sandra Dallas. If you’ve read Ms. Dallas’ novel, The Persian Pickle Club, you might recognize some of the characters in this novel as their ancestors. If not, no worries because this is a stand-alone novel.

I’m in awe of people who, when the country was still new, were brave enough to set off into the vast u
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Eliza Spooner and her husband Will moved to Kansas from Ohio soon after their wedding. They have worked hard to establish their farm, and provide for their two children, Davy and Luzena. When Will joins the Union Army to fight the South, Davy at fourteen must step up to help Eliza with their farm. Life is difficult, winter is settling in, and it will soon be Christmas. Eliza has made a beautiful quilt for Will to keep him warm and remind him of home. Eliza and her children anxiously await the le ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chalk up another great read from Sandra Dallas. This isn't a Christmas story per se. It's a story of love, family and sacrificing for those you love. Dallas writes with true heart and give us a personal look of how the Civil war affects the life of Eliza when her husband joins the Union Army. She makes a quilt for Christmas to help keep him warm. Eliza and their two children manage to run the farm in Kansas, but with sacrifice. She welcomes a young mother and child who's husband has been killed ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A beautiful tale of love and forgiveness set in the time of the Civil War, from the perspective of Northern soldiers' wives. Held together by friendship and support, the women provide safety, companionship, and help to each other while their husbands are gone. But as the husbands begin to return home, new challenges arise. Those who have been widowed now feel more alone than ever, while others are reunited with husbands that carry the scars and burdens of the war they have lived in. Yet maybe th ...more
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This is a very nice and sweet story about a soldier's wife in the waning days of the Civil War. A fun fact is that these are the grandmas of the Persian Pickles from Dallas' later book. It's basically the year in the life of Eliza from one Christmas to the next as she copes with loss and unexpected events in her life. Through it all, her friends in the quilting circle help each other deal with all that life brings. It was a nice read, if a little predictable in places. I usually expec ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I'll start with a disclaimer: sometimes, I'm shallow. When I started this book and ran into two character names that were going to drive me crazy, I almost didn't finish the book. With that said, the second half of the book was decidedly better that its slow beginning. I'm still not ready for the sappy, Christmasness of the the book seeing as it's only November. And yes, I just made that word up! But sometimes, you just have to be grateful for a clean, easy read.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Once again, Sandra Dallas has written a compelling story about s woman facing a physical and emotional challenge. While I thoroughly enjoyed the story itself, I found much in the writing to distract. The language throughout was stilted and unnatural, and a factual error late in the story was jarring. I did enjoy this book, but felt it wasn't one of Dallas's best.
Jessica McCann
Another satisfying story from Sandra Dallas. This was a light, easy read with interesting characters and positive messages about life, doing what is right, following your heart. My only complaint is that the story played out a bit too fast, both in regard to the timeline (spanning only a little more than a year) and to the length in actual pages.
Nannette McMurtry
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
A three star rating is not an indication from me that a book wasn't good, it just means that I was entertained in a way that wasn't necessarily memorable.

So it is with this book--a lovely story with compassion and warmth, the perfect Christmas novel :)
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Award-winning author SANDRA DALLAS was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. Sandra’s novels with their themes of loyalty, friendship, and human dignity have been translated into a dozen foreign languages and have been optioned for films.

A journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. A staff
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