Eliza Spooner's husband Will is fighting for the north in the Civil War. For the Christmas of 1864, she makes him a quilt that a fellow soldier will deliver to him. But soon after, Eliza gets word that Will has been killed in the fighting. A Quilt for Christmas follows Eliza's life over the next year as she takes in fellow war widow (Missouri Ann and her daughter, Nance), bonds with the women in her small quilting circle and finds both solace and sorrow in her memories of Will and their life together. The novel is a prequel to Dallas' The Persian Pickle Club and features the grandmothers of the women in that earlier book. A gentle and heartwarming read. It will be published in October.