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Friday, March 14, 2014

Another Winning Book from the Quilts of Love Series

"A Sky Without Stars"
    By Linda S. Clare

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 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 and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

My Thoughts: 
Every book from the Quilts of Love Series has been unique. They vary in styles of writing and content, but all have one thing in common- a quilt!!   Each is well written ! I have not encountered one that I did not love and this book is no exception!!

Linda Clare tells a tale crossing two cultures. She weaves color and texture into this book. Not only does the storyline capture your attention, but you also learn much of the Native American world of the 1950's . I was astounded at the amount of information included in this tale. It made it so much more real to me.

The characters are wonderfully described in such a way that you feel their challenges and worries and they slowly become part of you. The Indian culture vs. the White Man's differences became very clear and disturbing.  The accuracy in which the characters met their problems head on, all due to race, were upsetting to say the least, however , very realistic for that time in history.  The determination to keep the traditions was evident throughout the story. I loved the characters from the beginning of the book. They grab your attention  and succeed in appealing to your empathy. 

The plot, although a bit slow moving in the beginning, picks up speed and has many unexpected twists and turns. The powerful message of hope with our God, shines through loud and clear. Regardless of culture, God is present with us through good times and bad and will see us through. There is hope in our future and this book travels the road through difficult times to prove that is so true.

I highly recommend this book to all readers. It is a tale that is interesting to those who like history, Native People customs, as well as quilt lovers!!

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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 at: http://www.lindasclare.com

This book was provided by Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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!
So grab your copies of Scraps of EvidenceA Sky Without Stars, andMaybelle in Stitches and join Barbara, Linda, and Joyce on the evening of April 1st for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


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