I picked this book up at the library, because I was looking to read a Christmas book, and I really like Sandra Dallas’ books. Once again, she really nails this book. It’s the story of Eliza Spooner who is waiting for her husband to return from the Civil War. She makes him a quilt for Christmas. While her husband, Will does indeed get the quilt for Christmas, he only gets to use it a few nights before he dies in battle.
This is a story about a woman who is left when her husband leaves to follow through on his beliefs. Eliza needs to run the farm that he leaves behind and raise their children on her own. It’s a story that rings true from the beginning to the end. It’s about how life has to be lived no matter what happens. Eliza learns to survive and carry on, but not to live until she allows herself at the end.
I highly recommend this book. The courage of an ordinary woman makes you realize that no one is just ordinary. Instead, the most ordinary lives are often making an unsung hero.