Monday, March 24, 2014

A Sky Without Stars

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Quilts of Love Linda S Clair A Sky Without Stars

Book Info and Review
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.

My thoughts:  A SKY WITHOUT STARS is the most recent book in the Quilts of Love series by Abingdon. This one is about a Lakota widow and her young son who were trying to go to LA to take her deceased (and abusive husband’s) job. Her truck breaks down in Arizona, and they are dealing with distrust, hatred, and a lot of racial slurs.  Nick is also half Lakota, and recovering from a messy divorce, but he doesn’t deal with a lot of racial discrimination due to his government job.

This book was rather rambly and I never connected with the characters. I know Ms. Clare had to do a lot of research for this book and I respect that. Not knowing much about the Lakota tribe some of the habits Frankie had were odd, and I hated that even schools for Indians were prejudice against the Indians they were supposed to be helping. Nick was nice. I liked him. The story did sort of fizzle out in the middle.

If you like historical fiction, and ones that deal with racial discrimination, you might like A SKY WITHOUT STARS much better than I did. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $13.99. 272 pages. 3 stars.

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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