This book by Sandra Dallas is perfect vacation reading material. Through a series of letters to her sister, Alice relates her experiences as a young Civil War bride whose husband goes off to war. The letters are filled with accounts of quilting, farm life, customs of small-town America, war hardship, and Alice's own coming-of-age. Each chapter begins with a short description of various types of quilts and their meanings, which I found particularly interesting. There's nothing heavy or intense here, just a light summer read.