SANDRA DALLAS. A Quilt for Christmas


SANDRA DALLAS. A Quilt for Christmas. St. Martin’s.  Hardcover, 242 pages, $17.99, stmartins.com.

Eliza and Will Spooner, a young homesteading couple from Ohio, are raising crops and their two children on their small Kansas farm. But it is 1864, and Will’s conscience impels him to volunteer to fight for the Union. While Eliza awaits his return, she savors his letters and takes comfort from friends in her quilting circle, all of whose husbands are fighting, too. Eliza sews a quilt for Will, to keep him warm on the battlefield ground. Sandra Dallas’s characters ring true, and her clear and simple writing is quite beautiful.