Book Review: “A Sky Without Stars” by Linda S. Clare

March 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Linda S. Clare in her new book, “A Sky Without Stars book coverA Sky Without Stars” Book Fifteen in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Frankie Chasing Bear.

From the back cover:  Can a quilt bridge the gap between the two cultures?

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?

This is a story about race:  The Lakota Indian, The Whites, Bi-Racial and all the wonder and value there is in them.  It is also a story about racial prejudice.  Harold has his problems at school, Nick seemingly gets away with it because he is a Federal Agent but does he?  There is so much to embrace, all the rich heritage that is brought to the table and the  poison that is discrimination.  Ms. Clare has done an outstanding job of bringing history to the table, the time is 1951.  She very deftly handles all the cultures and their values. And at no time does she ever drag the story down to either heavy or soapy.  On top of everything Ms. Clare even packed in a romance.  There is a lot in this book, much to think about and it just interesting and exciting as well.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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  1. Vic, Thanks SO much for reading A Sky without Stars! Readers like you make it all worthwhile. Happy Reading! ~Linda Clare

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