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!
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.
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 HERE!
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.
I highly recommend the Quilts of Love Series!!
I received a copy of the book for the purpose of review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed here are my own.