finished reading

Alice lives with her mother-in-law on their Iowa farm while her new husband is fighting for the Union in the Civil War and her story is told through letters written to her sister Lizzie. Letters to Lizzie and quilting are the bright spots in her hardscrabble life.

I love the letter format, although there is a lot of dialogue. And the detail of the difficulty that war places on those on the home front is rich. Ultimately, though it's the story of amazing friendships, bonds between women.

From the publisher:
Alice Bullock is a young newlywed whose husband, Charlie, has just joined the Union Army, leaving her on his Iowa farm with only his formidable mother for company. Alice writes lively letters to her sister filled with accounts of local quilting bees, the rigors of farm life, and the customs of small-town America. But no town is too small for intrigue and treachery, and when Alice finds herself accused of murder, she discovers her own hidden strengths.

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