A Quilt for Christmas

St. Martin's. Oct. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9781250045942. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466846081. F
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.]

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