Usually I don't like to read novels composed of letters, but Sandra Dallas pulled me right into this story with Alice's delightful, down-home narrative voice. Alice writes letters to her married sister Lizzie in Galena, IL., describing her life as a new bride on a farm in extreme southeastern Iowa.
After Alice and Charlie Bullock have been married only a year, the Civil War begins and Charlie volunteers, leaving pregnant Alice to cope with taciturn Mother Bullock. She survives by working hard and sewing quilts with other townswomen for Union solders.
The plot thickens when Lizzie has marital problems, unknown marauders raid the neighborhood, and Alice is suspected of murder after a body is found on their land.
Dallas carries the quilting motif by introducing each chapter with information about quilting designs and techniques of that era.
Of Dallas' books that I have read, TALLGRASS, ALICE'S TULIPS, or THE PERSIAN PICKLE CLUB, ALICE is my favorite.