I just finished up reading the book, A Quilt for Christmas, by Sandra Dallas. I am a LONG time Sandra Dallas fan. In fact, some of my top favorite books are by her. I’ve especially loved Alice’s Tulips, The Diary of Mattie Spenser, The Persian Pickle Club and Tallgrass…all of them are highly loved by me. When I saw this new book out I jumped at the chance to get it.
Typically I am an audio book girl but this one I read in hard copy. I have to say I miss reading actual books. I love my Kindle and all but an actually book has something audio books and Kindle books just don’t have.
The book was good…It was shorter than her other books and a little less in depth-but perfect for something to read this time of year. It’s a simple story with an uncomplicated plot but not trivial. I loved all the references to quilting. I loved that characters can change their way of thinking.
Like all of her books, this is historical fiction. This happens to take place during the and just following the Civil War. It would be fun to have a companion quilting book to go with the actual book.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “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. 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.”
Amazon readers say 4.7 stars. I think I would give it 4.5…only because I have liked the earlier books I listed by her just a little bit better. I still recommend this one, I’d just say if you’re only going to read one of her books, pick one of the other ones first. You can read a portion of the book on Amazon’s website. Reading that will likely give you an idea if the book is for you.
I did pick up another of the author’s books that I haven’t read yet, Fallen Women. It’s going on my night stand and will be the next book I read. Has anyone read it?