Thursday, March 13, 2014

"A Sky Without Stars" by Linda Clare

Quilts tell stories, and Frankie Chasing Bear is making one that will keep her family's Lakota heritage alive for her son. Each piece is infused with her love, her singing, and her prayers. She believes that a bed without a quilt is like the sky without stars and wants Harold's to be extra special. His father had died and they had moved to Arizona through the government's relocation program. So, now he needs to make new friends in a new school. Will the quilt help Harold learn and remember the history of his family and heal his heart? Will it help him gain more pride and respect for his Lakota heritage? In the meantime, Frankie is taking advantage of the opportunity to pursue her high school diploma. She meets a man named Nick Vandergriff who is a Christian but also half-Lakota. Can she put aside her bias and get to know him? Can Nick earn her trust? Will love find a way into any of their lives?

The "Quilts of Love" series is excellent. The stories are well written with wonderful descriptions and characters, and this book adds another layer to the group. I love the idea of the story telling through the quilt, and how each book in the series deals with a specific problem. "A Sky Without Stars" deals with the relocation of Native Americans and their desire to keep their history and culture alive. Linda Clare does this with love and care, weaving a story that will draw readers of all types in. If you are looking for an enjoyable read, this book is for you. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for participation in the blog tour.

Book Info

About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. TheQuilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

About the book: In 1951, Frankie Chasing Bear is a Lakota caught between cultures. She wants to raise her son Harold to revere his Lakota heritage, but she knows he will need to become as a white man to succeed. After his father's killed in a barroom brawl, Harold and Frankie move to Arizona, where she begins a Lakota Star pattern quilt for Harold with tribal wisdom sung, sewn and prayed into it.

She distrusts Christians, as her own parents were forced to convert at an Indian School, until she meets BIA agent Nick Vandergriff, a half-Lakota who's also caught between cultures. Nick must convince Frankie that white men and Christians aren't all bad as he tries to win her heart in order to put the stars back into her sky.

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author: Linda S. Clare is an award-winning coauthor of three books, including Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them(with Melody Carlson and Heather Kopp), Revealed: Spiritual Reality in a Makeover World, and Making Peace with a Dangerous God (with Kristen Johnson Ingram). She is also the author of The Fence My Father Built. She has taught college-level creative writing classes for seven years, and edits and mentors writers. She also is a frequent writing conference presenter and church retreat leader. She and her husband of thirty-one years have four grown children, including a set of twins. They live in Eugene, Oregon, with their five wayward cats: Oliver, Xena the Warrior Kitty, Paladine, Melchior, and Mamma Mia!

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