About the Quilts of Love series:
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 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.
Learn more about this book, the Quilts of Love series and how to purchase by visiting 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!
Learn more about Linda and her books at her website, Linda S. Clare.
If you search my blog for Quilts of Love you’ll see that I’ve gotten hooked on this series of books, it doesn’t matter what order you read them, you just jump in and with all types of genres from Amish fiction, Historical fiction and more they all have one theme in common – quilts. I recently finished A Sky without Stars by Linda S. Clare – whom I have never read before – and I thoroughly enjoyed the book, finishing it in one day! Having part Native American in my heritage I’ve always been fascinated by this culture of life that I’ve never actually experienced first hand so reading this book gave me a brief glimpse and I’m so glad I stepped outside of my usual genres and read this one. Frankie Chasing Bear was a very interesting character, both weak and strong, she wants her 10 year old son to know and learn and cherish his Lakota heritage and so they move as part of the relocation program the government has set up – and what her husband was pursuing before he was murdered. This takes place in 1951 so a lot of discrimination is still facing the Native Americans and so I got a glimpse of the Indian schools that were designed to remove the Native American heritage from those children so they could be “productive citizens”.
I got pulled into the story immediately, the prologue got me hook, line and sinker and kept me turning the pages – the twists in the plot were like a fast paced movie but tame compared to what you’d actually see in a movie. Frankie meets Nick Parker who is with the Bueaur of Indian Affairs and is himself a half Lakota and half white man – and they are both trying to find where they fit in a world who sees either all Indian or all white – and the Indian part isn’t respected. Frankie meets others who talk of God but she cannot understand, even if her Grandma was the same way, how an Indian can follow and worship the God of the white man – with all that her people have gone through – but He reaches out to her time and again until…..well I don’t want to give too much of the story away, you’ll have to read it for yourself because it’s a wonderful story of grace, forgiveness and love. With this book I will be seeking out more of Linda S. Clare’s books at the library because the style of writing kept my attention and I thoroughly enjoyed this one!
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Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Star Without Stars, by Linda S. Clare. Linda is celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX giveaway and joining her fellow Quilts of Love authors, Barbara Cameron and Joyce Magnin, for a Facebook “Spring Fling” party on April 1st.
One winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire HDX
- Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron
- A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare
- Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 1st. Winner will be announced at the “Spring Fling” Facebook Party on April 1st. RSVP today and connect with the authors from the Quilts of Love series, Barbara Cameron, Linda S. Clare, and Joyce Magnin, for an evening of book chat, quilt trivia, prizes, and an exclusive look at the next Quilts of Love book!