- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (October 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250045940
- ISBN-13: 978-1250045942
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 173 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Quilt for Christmas: A Novel Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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“Elegant, thought-provoking and quietly powerful.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
SANDRA DALLAS is the author of thirteen novels, including Fallen Women, True Sisters, The Bride's House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale, Tallgrass and New Mercies. She is a former Denver bureau chief for Business Week magazine and lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Eliza, a veteran quilter, decides the best thing to send her husband is a lightweight patriotic quilt to keep warm. Throughout the book, Eliza takes much comfort in imagining Will with the quilt, taking warmth both physical and emotional from what she lovingly pieced together for him.
Almost accidentally, Eliza also finds herself aiding a runaway slave. Despite her feeling that it's the right thing to do, many others feel otherwise, and Eliza opens herself and the others on the farm to further danger.
While the book premise sounds like it might be promising, overall it was rather disappointing. Compared to Dallas' other works of historical fiction, this one seemed to fall a bit flat, with rather predictable situations and supporting characters who weren't too standout. This isn't to say that one might not still enjoy this as a quick read, but chances are that readers wouldn't pick it up unless they - like myself - were longtime Dallas fans who simply didn't want to omit one.
On a fun note, as many of the characters in Dallas' books connect in unexpected ways, this book is no different. If readers pay careful attention, they will realize the women in Eliza's acquaintance are the grandmothers of the women in The Persian Pickle Club.
The book starts in 1864 when Elizabeth Spooner’s husband leaves to join the Kansas Volunteers and the fighting. Elizabeth is left with the care of the children, the farm, her duties, her husband’s duties and more worries and grief than she should handle. In addition to her own troubles, she provides shelter for a young woman and child, and for a runaway young slave woman. She does it all and keeps her focus on what is right and good. I kept wondering as I read the book if I could have survived all she did and accomplished everything with the same determination. I think I would have come up short.
You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-ix. Other reviews can be found at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.