A Sky Without Stars

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A Sky Without Stars

A Sky Without StarsA Quilts of Love 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.

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Reviews

  • Cute, heart warming, and a quick read. For fans of Christian historical romance.

  • The author did a nice job in the way she wrote the book so it was very easy to read as well as enjoyable. I recommend this book to fans of Christian fiction and fans of Native American Stories.

  • Detailed and authentic, this is an accurate accounting of the Indian community versus the white community, and the misconceptions that each presumed about the other. The story of the Lakota Star quilt, otherwise known as the Bethlehem Star in the Christian context, is pivotal in this representation of the differences and adversities between the Indian and the Christian community. Pictorial and well documented, I found this to be an interesting story in the Quilts of Love series. Linda Clare has done her research and presented a detailed and personal account of two separate worlds attempting to coexist. Learning to forgive and rely on others is a valuable lesson to be learned in this story of suspicion, apprehension and mistrust.

  • Another fantastic book from the series. I love reading the stories behind the quilts. If you liked the other books in the series, you won’t be disappointed with this one.

  • This book proves that with God’s help anything is possible. I loved the message this story reveals.

  • I like how there is a broad range of people that have been in this series and who have all shared one passion….quilts. The commonality of quilts has now bridged over to the Native Americans in this book. It was fun to think of them having these beautiful quilts, because I honestly think of the Amish and quilts! I liked this new story of how this one woman preserved her heritage with a quilt and a star.

  • If you want to know about the difficulties that Native Americans experienced in recent times, this is definitely the book to read. I knew that life has not been easy for the natives of our land, but I didn’t realize that we have made it that hard that recently – but according to Clare, we have.

    Clare is an excellent writer who uses the harsh situations that her characters face to spring to life the impossible choices faced by our Native people only 60 years ago. With authentic descriptions, smooth writing, and colorful, emotional portrayals of difficult situations, she has certainly won my attention to this issue.

  • By The Book says:

    Linda S. Clare takes her readers back to a dry, hot Arizona of the 1950s when Native Americans and white people were still distrustful of each other and uncomfortable with each other’s culture. Filled with characters yearning for a place to belong, A Sky without Stars is a love story and so much more. Another volume in the Quilts of Love series, it will take you back to a world that existed not that long ago.

  • The “Quilts of Love” series is excellent. The stories are well written with wonderful descriptions and characters, and this book adds another layer to the group. I love the idea of the story telling through the quilt, and how each book in the series deals with a specific problem. “A Sky Without Stars” deals with the relocation of Native Americans and their desire to keep their history and culture alive. Linda Clare does this with love and care, weaving a story that will draw readers of all types in. If you are looking for an enjoyable read, this book is for you.

  • A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare was an interesting book to read. I love the Quilts of Love series of books and this one was no different.

  • I enjoyed this book very much. It taught the lesson that you can’t convict people of wrong doing, just because of who they are.

  • 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.

  • This is a lovely story about a protective Lakota mom and her son in Arizona. I enjoyed getting a peek into the unusual life of a single mom back in the 1950’s. The added element of her Lakota heritage makes the book even more fascinating. Frankie Chasing Bear and Harold are great people in their own right and I loved the hope that was injected into the story. I love how the special Lakota Star quilt and the construction of it is built into the whole storyline just perfectly. You will enjoy it and you should definitely check out the other “Quilts” books!

  • The realistic portrayal of the prejudice against the Native Americans by the “white men(and women)” grabbed me from the start. I grew up in New Mexico and remember visiting one of the Reservations so we could “see how the Indians lived.”The tension was high and I don’t remember us ever going back on a field trip.

    Reading about Frankie’s distrust of all men, including the alcoholism that was rampant among the men in her tribe, really opened my eyes to the issues she faced in trying to raise her son as a single Native American parent.

    I loved that she had to learn to trust and lean on other people for help since she was unable to provide and make ends meet on her own. It showed her strength, as well as her helplessness, which eventually led her to rely on “the white man’s God.”

  • Linda weaves a lot of historical facts into her writing and I personally found the story fascinating, particularly the stark contrast between the white mans world and the world of the Lakota Indian Tribe. The sadness evolving around the treatment of Native Americans by our government tugged at my heart as did the desire and need to keep ones history and culture alive in the midst of life changes. My heart couldn’t help but think of so many people that we know personally that have left their culture of birth for a better life elsewhere. A quilt is a powerful art that reaches down through the generations to continue the telling of ones story and culture and this book is a beautiful example of that.

  • JoJo Sutis says:

    This is another amazing addition to the Quilts of Love series that I love soooo much!
    This story is so unique from the others I have read.
    I love the time period it is set in…the author really does a great job of taking readers back to 1950- a time period when the Native Americans were considered second-class citizens, sadly.
    I immediately loved main character Frankie Chasing Bear (love the name!)…she’s a young, beautiful Lakota woman, trying to raise her son to know and love and appreciate his heritage- but that isn’t so easy in the world he’s growing up in. This is where the quilt comes in!
    I also immediately loved the character Nick. He’s so kind and immediately drawn to this beautiful woman and her son. But he is dealing with his own demons of the past and something specific that may keep Frankie from wanting anything to do with him.
    There are plenty of dramatic moments that kept me reading, there was great tension between the characters.
    This is a wonderful story of heritage, faith, family and forgiveness. I really appreciated that the author has created a main character that struggles to come to a relationship with God, because this is just true to life for so many people.

  • 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 …….

  • Moments says:

    I have been really enjoying reading the books in the Quilts of Love series and this latest one, “A Sky Without Stars,” is a wonderful addition! Frankie is caught between two cultures and is trying to preserve her heritage and is wary of Christians. Nick comes into her life and he is determined to help Frankie see that Christians are not all bad. I really enjoyed this book and how this time period was brought to life.

  • WV Stitcher says:

    A richly woven story that really brought not only the time period to life, but allowed me to feel as if I was getting a bit of a history lesson as I read the story. I could feel the turmoil that was a part of that time. My favorite character had to be Frankie, she was a young mother like any other wanting what was best for her young son. She was such a strong, brave character, who really wanted Harold, her son to know about his heritage. The author provides more than a few twists to keep the plot moving, and one of those twists is the character of Nick, who is dealing with his own issues. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction that revolves around Native Americans will be delighted with this story, but honestly it’s a great read for anyone who enjoys a story about faith, family and quilts!

  • What I found particularly compelling about the book was Nick. He has struggled with alcoholism in the past, and a failed marriage, and he feels like an outsider in two worlds — a half-breed who doesn’t truly fit with the Indians he is trying to help, nor with the White Man’s ways either.

    He’s been sober for a decade or so, yet he struggles still with the call of the bottle. I’m not an alcoholic, so I won’t swear that Clare “nailed it” in her descriptions of his struggles, but it sure felt realistic to me.

  • Since I love sewing and reading, the thought of combining the two made me smile.

    This was a good book, and I hope there’s a sequel to tie up loose ends.

  • Another fascinating book in the Quilts of Love series of inspirational fiction novels.

    Author Linda Clare does a wonderful job with this story, and I enjoyed the quilting theme that ran through the tale.

  • A Sky without Stars is part of the Quilts of Love series. I enjoyed following the story of Frankie and learning about her heritage. Trying to stay connected in a world where it isn’t as easily accepted can be difficult. I thought the author did an amazing job of sharing a deep insight into the life of Frankie and her son Harold. It read as very realistic. I felt along with her as the story developed.
    The relationship between Frankie and Nick was honest and mature. There were so many aspects of the story where they appeared as just a real couple dealing with life together. In my opinion, this allowed me to really connect with the characters.
    This is a book worth reading! I look forward to reading more books within this series.

  • A story behind a quilt that I was not so familiar with the subject matter. This is a wonderful series and this is a great addition to this series.

  • Clare mixes a quilt, culture and romance into one awesome book. A Sky without Stars weaves a story about a quilt and the Native American culture of 1950’s into a most wonderful and interesting book.

  • I love this series. I love the different voices of the different authors and the way they all connect with quilts. This book was about freedom of religion and freedom to be who you are, during a time when not being a white man was tough.

  • This was another great book in the Quilts of Love book series! I have enjoyed every book so far. A Sky Without Stars takes readers on a journey with a family struggling to find a place to fit in. With a unique spin on historical fiction, we follow Frankie Chasing Bear on her journey of love and self-discovery. We watch as she struggles to trust anyone – even when her son’s life may be in danger. Frankie must push back against the white authorities who have it out for her family because they are Native American. I loved Nick from the beginning. He steps up to be a wonderful example for Harold even as he struggles to find his own identity. I recommend this book if you are a lover of historical fiction.

  • Each time I pick up a new book from the Quilts of Love series I am intrigued by the connection people (women especially) have with quilts. Whether it’s the older generation that quilted them, or the younger generation that experiences them for the first time, quilts and their history bring many people together.

    Clare did a great job in this story with a history of the Lakota heritage. Informational and entertaining all at the same time is what earns this book 4 stars!

  • I could not believe how strong she was able to be when things looked bleak for her son, but she held strong and kept believing and praying. What an example to readers that even those who don’t seem to have much might very well be rich if they have friends and love and faith.

  • An incredible story of strength, self discovery and faith. I loved the insights into the life of a single Lakota woman in the 1950s. A definite must read!

  • I have to admit that I don’t read very many fiction stories about Native Americans. A Sky Without Stars is a cute, well-written romantic tale that does touch a little on the US Government’s Relocation Program, which is the reason why the character Federal Agent Parker interrupts Frankie’s life. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book; it was a quick read for me, and I’m look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • I guess I have never thought of the fact that Indians might quilt. We always associate them with blanket making, so this was a very interesting story. I found it a bit rambly, but I think that may have been the character’s personality. It was a very interesting look into the life of the Lakota Indians, and the Navajo’s also. I am sure tons of research went into this book and it showed with an excellent story. Love this series and enjoyed the book greatly. 4 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

  • Like many Quilts of Love novelists before her, Linda S. Clare has woven a story around the making of a very special quilt. As a quilt is pieced together from very differing swatches, Linda S. Clare has woven a story that bridges two very different cultures, the Lakota and the white man’s. The disparity, distrust, and disdain between the two groups are well-portrayed, as are the struggles of those who, like Frankie Chasing Bear and Nick Vandergriff find themselves straddling both environments.

  • My husband and I spent the first two years of our marriage working and living in a small town in South Dakota, near the Rosebud Reservation. There were events in that area that were difficult to understand. After a bar fight, the White participant was taken by ambulance to the community hospital. The Native American participant waited an hour for the ambulance to come from the reservation and take him back to the reservation for medical treatment. Linda S. Clare’s novel A Sky Without Stars triggered some of those memories for me.
    The poverty is grinding. The book affected me strongly because it showed what life is like when there are no safety nets. The book does make the reader think about issues that have been with us for generations.

  • The parts of this book that talk about bullying are very true to life. I sincerely hope that Linda S. Clare does not write from experience but you wouldn’t be able to tell if she didn’t. It’s very realistic.

    Well written and good handling of something that was a very difficult and dangerous time in our history.

    It was a bit of a difficult read for me actually – I am part Cherokee but that was never a problem for me. My problem was being poor.

  • I love reading stories about Native Americans because they are the true epitome of the real American culture and I sure do wish they had not been treated so unfairly all those years ago. I loved this particular story because it shows both sides of the conflict that they face and that it takes both sides changing in order for there to be true happiness for them.

    It’s a really good book to read and if you love romance type books, especially between the Indian cultures, then you will love this book!

  • There is a lot of historical information about the Lakota and Navajo Indians, plus Arizona in the 1950’s which I found really interesting. This is another book as a part of the “Quilts of Love Series” and it’s just as good as the other ones that I’ve read. It’s a great series that I recommend you check out! The book was a very good read, all in all, and I recommend it!

  • For the 15th book in the Quilts of Love series, author Linda S. Clare gives the book a Native American twist, and invites you on a journey from South Dakota to Arizona. It is well-written and captured my attention right away. I have only read one other book from this series, but after reading both I will definitely be reading more. I enjoyed how detailed the author wrote, and how real and relatable the characters were.

  • If you have read previous Quilts of Love, you will love this book. It is a story of faith, a story of a woman who has incredible strength despite the time period she lives in. As someone who was not born or around during this time period, I learned a lot of historical information and feel that I have gained a new perspective on a topic that I did not have a lot of awareness on. Truly a wonderful book. I highly recommend picking up a copy.

  • I hard a hard time putting this book down. It truly held my attention. I even shed a tear or two. It is about a mothers love for her son. It is about understanding and honor.I love the way Linda writes this riveting tale.This is a tender touching tale of love. It a wonderful way to share heritage and love for the family. It is heart warming. I loved this as I have some Indian heritage myself, but placing a relationship to Christ and Loving others should always take precedence over anyone’s family heritage. I am inspired by Linda’s wanting to help the children of the Lakota’s. This is one touching tale that you will not want to miss. Will love prevail in Frankie’s Heart toward her son Harold ? Will Harold grow to respect and honor his heritage? Will she learn to have faith in God ? Will this quilt bridge the gap ? You will have to get the book and see. I so cannot wait to get a pattern for this quilt and make one myself.

  • A Sky without Stars tells the story of a crash of cultures. Frankie comes up against obstacles and continues on striving for betterment and living each day. She loves her son and struggles with letting go. He is convinced she is trying to baby him, and Frankie wants to keep him close and away from harm. Frankie looks to the wisdom of her grandmother in seeking her next step. She could not understand how her grandmother could be Lakota and a Christian. As Nick and Frankie become friends, he continues to want to help her in any way he can. As a single mother in a new environment, she tries to do it on her own. Assurance comes as both of them find God has been with them. A story of hope, forgiveness, and acceptance of grace and mercy. Finding the love of the Lakota Star, star of Bethlehem.

  • I really like this series ~ the books are written by different authors but so far they are very good and I love the idea and story of the quilts woven into them. Frankie moves to Arizona after her husband is killed in a bar fight. She wants her son to grow up knowing his heritage but also as a white man. Frankie finds it hard to trust anyone until she mets Nick Vandergriff. At first she has a hard time letting Nick in her heart. She doesn’t know if what to do. This story is both sad and heart warming. You will want to read A Sky Without Starts to see how Nick wins Frankie’s heart and how it changes her outlook on people. I can’t wait till the next book.

  • This book hit home with me in several ways. Having a son who is biracial and having a family member who has married into the Lakota nation has made the content and theme of this book very real. Struggling with two different cultures and the distrust that can form is hard enough, but also not trusting someone because they are a Christian is something a lot of Believers are dealing with more and more each day.

    But I also relate through the quilt making. I remember as a small child sitting at a quilt my grandmother was making and her teaching me how many pastiches per inch I should be making if I wanted the quilt to hold up for a long time. The quilts she made are very precious to me and remind me of my heritage as the quilt that Frankie was making for her son was intended to do.

    This book did a wonderful job of relaying some of the many struggles that Native Americans have gone through and continue to go through. It is also filled with the discovery of true faith, saving faith! Through all the struggle and difficulties, that is what stayed with me the most. But it is not a book for those who don;t want to face some of the tough things our country has gone through and it is not an easy read!

  • This book is set in AZ, and there is one boy who is having quite a struggle being without a dad. Frankie, his mom, is just trying to make their life better……and yet, she has some serious issues to work through. As in the other Quilts of Love books, the quilt has deep ties to the story line and it helps to heal.

    A very good read, a read about reaching out, helping, not giving up and love!

  • 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.

  • A Sky Without Stars is a beautiful story with equal parts love and heartache. I enjoyed most every page and felt that the book had a really nice flow. I loved the historical feel woven within and it all felt extremely genuine to me. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loved another Quilts of Love book, fans of historical fiction/historical romance, or just plain fans of a well written book in general, one with just the right dash of romance!

  • This is my favorite of the QUILTS OF LOVE series of books. Set in the 1950s, I especially liked the undercurrent of Lakota and other native heritage. Tensions between the Native Americans and the white man were handled realistically, but no one was painted with a heavy hand. While all the novels in the QUILTS OF LOVE series in some way are connected to quilts, I felt the connection a quilter feels towards quilting (the importance it can place in one’s life) was portrayed strongest in this story. Frankie is designing and making a quilt for her son that she hopes will represent their Lakota tradition, just as her grandmother taught her. As she works on the stars in the sky, she begins to finally understand how her grandmother could claim a place both in the Lakota world and in God’s kingdom. This would be a good addition to church libraries or as a gift to someone who enjoys Christian fiction. I believe it would entertain a wide age range.

    I received a copy of this title from LITFUSE for my review and participation in the blog tour. All opinions are mine.

  • I thought this book was definitely a light, yet fun read. It kept my interest and kept me wondering what was going to happen next! It was interesting to read about Frankie and how her story slowly changed from someone who didn’t trust anyone, to someone who put her trust in the white man’s God and how she was able to finally let her guard down.

  • I have always been a huge fan of anything Native American so I was so delighted to read this book,I mean how could one go wrong with Native American and Quilting being the premise? And this book certainly did not disappoint, it was a great read with realistic and very likable characters.
    I thought Linda Clare did a great job talking about the conditions of the Native Americans and the problems that they faced,she did not sugar coat them or gloss over them but handled them in a tasteful way.
    I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Not only did I love the story line, but I could feel the struggle of life during that time period and I really felt as if I was part of the story.

  • I love this take on the Quilts of Love series with the Native American twist for the 15th book in the series. I love how they embrace their heritage and the ways that have been passed down from generation to generation much like the quilt that Frankie is creating for her son, Harold. Quilts are like that in that they generally tell a bit about the person who handcrafted it with love and blessings as pieces are stitched together creating a beautiful work of art, much like how God uses our circumstances to create the person He has in mind as we grow and mature. I give this novel a 4 out of 5 stars and it even includes a reader discussion guide at the end.

  • The mysteries in the book weren’t too difficult to solve, the romance rather predictable, but the winning smile of this novel was the historical lesson. I was so sad for the indigenous people who were forced from their ancestor’s land to make room for the new civilization. Holding onto a family quilt was one way of keeping traditions alive. The book is short enough to finish in a couple of hours, but the story will stay with me for long after.

  • A Sky Without Stars is not your usual (Amish) quilting story, but really is somehow a whole lot more. Quilts are quite often made for a specific person or purpose and the Lakota Star quilt in this book serves its purpose well. As Frankie became more vulnerable, she opened herself up to help from many different directions and I ended up liking Frankie and her growing cast of friends very much. I was surprised by a few plot twists and found the ending to be a nice resolution of Frankie’s situation, keeping in mind that the setting was in 1951.

  • I read this book in one night. I did not want to put it down. This was a new look into the lives of American Indians in the nineteen-fifties. I was very aware of my anger at the prejudice they were faced with in the guise of their best interest.

    Then there was the misplaced and misunderstood person that was not full blood Indian. They were often looked down upon causing them not to know which world they belonged.

    The author created some unforgettable characters which I would love to revisit their lives.

  • I enjoyed A Sky Without Stars very much. The story was well-written and easy to read with strong characters that I could care about. Situations and emotions throughout the book were realistic and believable. I liked how everything was resolved at the end and would not mind reading more about these characters. I actually hated to see the story end.

  • There were several aspects of this story I loved. First, God and Christianity were woven throughout the story in such a way as to get you thinking but it doesn’t overtake the story. Second, the characters. Frankie and her son Harold, Nick and his friends, Monny and Reverend Honest Abe, Netty and Lucie. Third, I loved the storyline. The entire story was intriguing and engaging and I couldn’t stop reading until I found out what would happen with Frankie, Harold and Nick. Finally, I loved the way quilting was such a big part of the story. For centuries quilting has been a huge part of some families and cultures. Quilting represents traditions, family and love and I think all three are very important. Frankie really struggled with trusting men because of her past but she struggled with trusting God even more. It was so great when she finally realized she needed to trust God for her son to come home safely but she also had to accept the fact that she needed help. Help from others because she couldn’t do everything on her own. He character really blossomed by the end of the book. I really enjoyed this book. I have read a few other books in the Quilts of Love series and I enjoyed each of them immensely. If you love stories of faith and love, you’ll love A Sky Without Stars. If you love quilting, you’ll love this book. If you just love an entertaining story that keeps you turning the page, you’ll love it also. I highly recommend this book!

  • I have always found the American Indian culture and beliefs interesting, and Linda vividly portrays the 1951 Phoenix, Arizona setting and the struggles that many of these Native Americans must have faced as they tried to fit into a white man’s world while holding on to their heritage. Those who enjoy quilt or Native American themes will enjoy A Sky without Stars and I’m glad I was able to read it. Recommended.

  • A Sky Without Stars tells the rich story of Frankie Chasing Bear – a Native American woman who is torn between two cultures – a mother trying to raise her son to honor his Lakota heritage while living out his Christian faith!

    Linda does a wonderful job of weaving together a beautiful American historical drama, set in the 1950s, filled with family, faith and drama.

    Past and present are tied together throughout this book as Frankie creates a quilt that brings to remembrance her grandmother’s last words:

    Sew love into every stitch and remember: a bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars…

    Another must-read book in the Quilt of Love series from Abingdon Press!

  • A well written story that gives a good glimpse of what life was like for a single Native American mother in the 1950’s. I like reading about this era in US History. Linda Clare did a really good job with story. You usually don’t think of quilts when you think of Native Americans, but the quilt in this story kept the culture of the Lakota’s alive.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

  • I am in love with this quilt series and A Sky Without Stars if definitely another keeper. I loved learning about the customs of Frankie’s people as well as reading about how she had to adjust her own customs and beliefs to fit in and get an education. It’s sad that this did happen and that these people did not get to have much of a say or even get an education unless they jumped through the hoops. Will Nick be able to break through her barriers and help Frankie and Harry or will he just be another Christian man that she can’t trust? Great read! Go pick up a copy today!

  • If I skimmed over the parts that irritated me (the constant mention of Frankie putting her hand in front of her face as was Lakota tradition or the constant mention of Nick being a half-breed and not truly a Lakota), then the book is really good.The story line itself is good… a young Lakota and widowed mother of one wants to be the best mom and give her son the best life he can have and she can give him.

  • SewCalGal says:

    A Sky Without Stars is a sweet read perfect for quilters, as well as non-quilters that simply enjoy a heartwarming read. SewCalGal highly recommends A Sky Without Stars

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  • When you read this book you are able to take a glimpse into what it was like living in 1951 for a Lakota woman to have a new start. I give this book a 4/5.

  • I like Frankie and her determination to give her son a better life than one on the reservation. She rises above the prejudice she faces every day, struggles to make ends meet and put food on the table. This was an okay book but it just did not capture my attention like I hoped it would.

  • A Sky Without Stars by Linda Clare is a good book. Frankie and her son live in Arizona where they ends up sewing for a couple of ladies. She lost her husband to death not long before, as with many Lakota, he died a drunk. Frankie is trying to raise her son up to not repeat the same mistakes.
    I liked how the author wrote the book. It just keeps flowing through each turn of the story. I give this book 5/5 stars. As a mom, I can totally sympathise with Frankie and her raising of her son.

  • Mix a little mystery, quilting, story of trusting in God, being caught between cultures and romance, “A Sky Without Stars” is a beautiful story set in 1951.

    What really makes this a powerful story is the main character, Frankie, a Lakota Native American and her son, Harold, as they battle the prejudices and the misplaced “attempts” to help Native Americans, only to have a policy of trying to strip them of the beauty of their culture and their world.

    I completely enjoyed reading, “A Sky Without Stars” and felt it was a powerful tale that captures not only the plights of the Native American and all the more the prejudices and trials that they endure, but the enduring struggle and inner strength to pass on the cultural heritage of their people to future generations.

  • Thank you, Ms Clare, for this story. I didn’t want to put the book down. It combines too things that touch me. My mother was a quilter and my heart has a special love for the Lakota nation.

  • As 1/16th Lakota, I connected to this story. One of the things I love about Native American culture is there isn’t the “how Indian are you?” question. You are Lakota, no matter how small it appears on paper work. We could use more of that acceptance in our world.
    The author brought out the struggles that still continue to this day on one of the poorest reservation communities in our nation. The mystery and the pattern chosen for this book were done well.

  • I really enjoyed this story, it was different from the others, a lot of the characters being Native Americans. Frankie’s move to Arizona was not what she really wanted, but she had to do what was best for her son. Linda Clare not only writes a wonderful story to read, the history throughout the book taught me a lot about the Lakota’s as well as the fear and uncertainty striking out on their own. Through Frankie’s character, I could feel her emotions and the difficult she had trusting others, especially Christians.

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