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A quilt for Christmas, Sandra Dallas

Label
A quilt for Christmas
Title
A quilt for Christmas
Statement of responsibility
Sandra Dallas
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 months 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."--
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Award
WILLA Literary Awards: Historical Fiction, 2015.
Review
  • Set in Civil War-era Kansas, Dallas's holiday novel relates the stories of the young wives and mothers who would become the grandmothers of the characters from the author's Persian Pickle Club . Will Spooner joins the Kansas Volunteers to fight for the Union, leaving his wife, Eliza, and their two children to run the farm. Eliza takes comfort in her quilting and decides to make Will a patriotic quilt. As the war continues, Eliza and her friends await news of their husbands and help one another make ends meet. Whether offering shelter to a widow or a slave, Eliza and her quilting circle friends find the strength to do what is right. When the stars and stripes quilt makes its way back to Eliza in a very unexpected way, she'll have an even bigger decision to make. VERDICT A wonderful story full of history and heart that will satisfy Dallas's many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 4/6/14.] --Melissa DeWild (Reviewed October 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 17, p84)
  • A Union soldier's wife wonders what happened to the quilt she sent him for Christmas, even as she adjusts to widowhood and creates a new life with other women touched by war.Kansas settlers Eliza and Will share a deep love and a strong marriage, and she's convinced he'll come back from serving in the Union Army. Sending him a quilt patterned after the Union flag, Eliza is pleased to be able to give him a Christmas gift that will keep him warm through the winter. She's stunned when she learns of his death a month later. She wonders fleetingly what happened to the quilt but finds she must focus on surviving the grief of losing him, while keeping their farm running and their teenage children healthy. Having taken in Missouri Ann, a more vulnerable widow, and her young daughter, Eliza is at first worried as to how she will keep everyone fed, but she finds Missouri Ann to be a great comfort and friend, and they both grow closer to the women in their quilting bee, all of whom have husbands fighting in the war or lost to it. As the fighting grinds to a close, Eliza's friendships and moral compass are tested when she must decide whether to help an escaped slave Missouri Ann's in-laws are coming after. When Missouri Ann leaves Kansas soon after to seek gold and a new life, Eliza is left alone to deal with wandering veterans and the surprising answer to the mystery of the lost quilt, plus her own possible second chance at happiness. Dallas takes an interesting look at the lives of women left behind during the Civil War, especially in ambivalent Kansas, and grounds her characters in authentic struggles of love and hate, right and wrong, trespasses and forgiveness. Elegant, thought-provoking and quietly powerful.(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2014)
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10358840
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Dallas, Sandra
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3554.A434
LC item number
Q55 2014
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Quilting
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Kansas
Label
A quilt for Christmas, Sandra Dallas
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Publication
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1050839
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 242 pages
Isbn
9781250045942
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014021176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781250045942
  • (OCoLC)865158189
Label
A quilt for Christmas, Sandra Dallas
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1050839
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 242 pages
Isbn
9781250045942
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014021176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781250045942
  • (OCoLC)865158189

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