I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas
Published by Macmillan on October 14th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Holidays
Source: St. Martin's Press
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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 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.
In “A Quilt for Christmas,” Eliza’s husband has gone off to war to fight for the North. These are the days of the Civil War. Eliza is left at home to run the farm and take care of their children. When a childhood friend of Eliza’s needs help to escape an abusive home situation, Eliza lets her and her child into her home. Soon after someone else requests Eliza’s help. This time it is a runaway slave that needs help. Eliza isn’t sure whether she should help the slave or not but she soon finds out that there is a network of people in their community that is helping slaves escape. Eliza begins to find herself caught up between the people helping the slaves escape and the people offering reward money for the returned slaves.
This book was very enjoyable. It wasn’t so much about Christmas or even the quilt really. Eliza made a quilt and sent it off to her husband to keep him warm, but the book is more about the diverse characters and the civil war and slavery. This story really shows how woman struggled through this time too. Women had to take care of the homes and the children. On top of that they had to choose what side they wanted to be on. Some of the women helped with the escape of slaves.
I felt like this was a very heartfelt novel. This is a wonder historical romance story without being overly romantic and it has many enjoyable parts. I feel like many people would enjoy this book because it is one of those sit in front of the fire on a cold winter day reads.