Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare

About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love seriesfocuses 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 Lovewebsite.

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!

Learn more about Linda at: http://www.lindasclare.com


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MY OPINION:

This is my favorite of the QUILTS OF LOVE series of books.  Set in the 1950s, I especially liked the undercurrent of Lakota and other native heritage.  Tensions between the Native Americans and the white man were handled realistically, but no one was painted with a heavy hand.  While all the novels in the QUILTS OF LOVE series in some way are connected to quilts, I felt the connection a quilter feels towards quilting (the importance it can place in one's life) was portrayed strongest in this story.  Frankie is designing and making a quilt for her son that she hopes will represent their Lakota tradition, just as her grandmother taught her.  As she works on the stars in the sky, she begins to finally understand how her grandmother could claim a place both in the Lakota world and in God's kingdom.  This would be a good addition to church libraries or as a gift to someone who enjoys Christian fiction.  I believe it would entertain a wide age range.  

I received a copy of this title from LITFUSE for my review and participation in the blog tour.  All opinions are mine.




2 comments:

  1. Love Your review, seems we do have much in common ! I'm glad we can be friends.
    Hugs
    Linda Finn

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  2. Sue, I discovered your message on my blog this evening. Thank you so much for visiting, and introducing yourself! I signed up to follow your blog since we do appear to like the same types of books. It's always nice to have friends to support each other. Your review is excellent! Keep up the good work!

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