Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mid-twentieth century American Indian story -- A Sky Without Stars

A Sky Without Stars contains some interesting history about the lives and culture of Indians in mid-twentieth century America.  Frankie Chasing Bear and her son are struggling to find their way in a world where they live with a mixture of their Lakota heritage and white men's ways.  In the midst of personal struggles, Frankie is a strong, single mother driven to complete a traditional Lakota star quilt for her young son Harold and try to provide the best life she can for him.

Although there were elements of the story that were interesting -- particularly the historical elements and Frankie's search for direction for herself and Harold -- this story and its characters felt a little flat to me.  I did finish the book to see how things turned out for Frankie, Nick, and Harold, but it was something of a struggle for me to stay interested at many points in the story. 

Anyone interested in Christian historical fiction from this time period and/or culture could well find this an enjoyable read.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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