Friday, January 5, 2018

Book Review: 'A Quilt for Christmas' by Sandra Dallas

A Quilt for Christmas surpasses expectations in every way imaginable. Heartfelt and charming: yes. Meaningful: Yes. However, the depth of characters, the strength of their beliefs, and their reliance on one another, as well as the warm undercurrent of faith, make this a book to remember.
Eliza Spooner is the main character. Her husband away at war, she has to manage home, children and a good deal of the unexpected, without him. This story might have turned into her own personal journey story for just the one main character, however, it’s honestly more of a ‘community’ journey story. Many people’s lives are interwoven here.
It is the time of the Civil War, a time when many menfolk are away from home, some families are suffering terrible loss, a time when women in the community learn to lean on one another. Sometimes, their political beliefs don’t coincide, yet trusting in ‘doing right’ helps them stand by one another.
Everyday life, from the corn-silk haired doll to some old time turns-of-phrase in conversations help create a sense of the time and the setting. Descriptions are straightforward and never slow the pace. Some characters are unexpectedly important: like little Luzena who manages to be quite clever, and Missouri Ann, who is both a victim and a heroine, in her own right.
Not only is this an epic tale of women’s struggles through this difficult time, but there are unexpected and surprising events, and we see that indeed evil does exist, and people can band together against it.
A Quilt for Christmas if dramatic and heartfelt, surprising and also warm: It will make a wonderful Christmas present…but don’t wait for Christmas to read it!

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