Friday, October 17, 2014

A Quilt for Christmas

A Quilt for Christmas
Idgie Says:
This book reminds me of those lovely historical fiction books that they write for children and sell at Civil War bookstores and sites such as Kennesaw Mountain.  Where they take a fictional character and put them in true life situations that occurred during this war.  This is like that, but on an adult level with no punches pulled as to what happens to slaves, women and soldiers during this time period.  Very eye opening on several levels, while still being a book that keeps you interested in turning the pages to find out what happens next!


A Quilt for Christmas
Sandra Dallas
St. Martin's Press
October 14, 2014

It is 1864 and Eliza Spooner's husband Will has joined the Kansas volunteers to fight the Conferedates, 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.  When the unthinkable happens, she takes in a woman and child who have been left alone and made vulnerable by the war, and she finds solace and camaraderie amongst the women of her quilting group.  And when she is asked to help hide an escaped slave, she must decide for herself what is right, and who can she can count on to help her.