Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Sky without Stars - Linda A. Clare

Genre:  Books; Christian fiction
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Publication Date:  02/18/2014
Rating:  4 Stars


About the book:

After her husband is killed on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Frankie Chasing Bear wants a fresh start. But in 1951, relocating through the US government’s Relocation Program didn’t just mean a new town; it meant a new way of life. Frankie quickly learns that raising her son, Harold, to revere his Lakota heritage will be a challenge in the white man’s world.

Searching for a way for her son to respect his ancestors but also embrace a future of opportunity, she begins a Lakota Star-pattern quilt with tribal wisdom sung, sewn, and prayed into it—something that will not let him forget where he came from. A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars, but neither the quilt nor her new life come easily to Frankie. Federal Agent Nick Parker, for instance, is the last man Frankie wants to trust. She’s already struggling to understand Nick’s culture, how can she embrace his Christian faith? Will Frankie learn that love is the most important ingredient for her son’s quilt—and life itself? "A brave and beautiful blending of two worlds, A Sky Without Stars brings hope and healing to an often neglected time period and people. 

My thoughts:

Now...if you do a quick search for this series, you will find that this is #14 in the series.  It's ok, relax, and take a deep breath.  You do not have to read every book that was written before this one!  The series title is, more or less, a way to link the "like" subject books together for those wishing to read more on the same topic!  Don't believe me?  Check out the series homepage, here.

Each time I pick up a new book from the Quilts of Love series I am intrigued by the connection people (women especially) have with quilts.  Whether it's the older generation that quilted them, or the younger generation that experiences them for the first time, quilts and their history bring many people together.

Clare did a great job in this story with a history of the Lakota heritage.  Informational and entertaining all at the same time is what earns this book 4 stars!

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1 comment:

  1. Shondra, Found your review when I posted mine on the LITFUSE site. I have read several books in this series and I think this one tops the list. The connection between quilting and the story seemed much more authentic, less an author's gimmick. I will be bookmarking your site and checking back in. I hope you have the time to check out my blog Thoughts from Mill Street I mostly review gentle fiction and inspirational nonfiction, but I also love a good mystery/thriller.
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