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.
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!
I have really enjoyed reading each book in the"Quilt Of Love" series. What makes them unique is that each book is written by a different author,allowing us to sample each author's writing style. One thing is a constant though thru each book and that's the fact that a quilt plays a part in each story. As someone who enjoys the Needlework art of quilting that in itself really drew me to the series, but the splendid writing of each author continues to bring me back for each new book.
In a Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare the Native American storyline and the historical timeframe really made this one of my favorite books in this series! Frankie Chasing Bear is a Lakota woman living in the 1950's whose grandmother taught her the art of quilting, but more than that she shared the heritage behind the Lakota Star quilt and the importance of keeping that heritage alive for generations to come. When Frankie's husband dies she leaves Pine Ridge, South Dakota moving to Arizona hoping for a better life for her ten year old son Harold, but will life be any easier there?
A richly woven story that really brought not only the time period to life, but allowed me to feel as if I was getting a bit of a history lesson as I read the story. I could feel the turmoil that was a part of that time. My favorite character had to be Frankie, she was a young mother like any other wanting what was best for her young son. She was such a strong, brave character, who really wanted Harold, her son to know about his heritage. The author provides more than a few twists to keep the plot moving, and one of those twists is the character of Nick, who is dealing with his own issues. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction that revolves around Native Americans will be delighted with this story, but honestly it's a great read for anyone who enjoys a story about faith, family and quilts!
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