“Authentic characters with realistic challenges pull us right into the Native American world of the 1950s.
A memorable story with substance and hope.” —Melody Carlson
A SKY WITHOUT STARS
LINDA S. CLARE
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! Find out more about Linda S. at http://www.lindasclare.com.
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.
This is another amazing addition to the Quilts of Love series that I love soooo much!
This story is so unique from the others I have read.
I love the time period it is set in…the author really does a great job of taking readers back to 1950- a time period when the Native Americans were considered second-class citizens, sadly.
I immediately loved main character Frankie Chasing Bear (love the name!)…she’s a young, beautiful Lakota woman, trying to raise her son to know and love and appreciate his heritage- but that isn’t so easy in the world he’s growing up in. This is where the quilt comes in!
I also immediately loved the character Nick. He’s so kind and immediately drawn to this beautiful woman and her son. But he is dealing with his own demons of the past and something specific that may keep Frankie from wanting anything to do with him.
There are plenty of dramatic moments that kept me reading, there was great tension between the characters.
This is a wonderful story of heritage, faith, family and forgiveness. I really appreciated that the author has created a main character that struggles to come to a relationship with God, because this is just true to life for so many people.
*****5/5 STARS- LOVE LOVE LOVE IT; GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!*****