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Eliza Spalding Warren was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now the young mother of two children, Eliza faces a different kind of dislocation; her impulsive husband wants them to make a new start in another territory, which will mean leaving her beloved home and her departed mother's grave--and returning to the land of her captivity. Eliza longs to know how her mother, an early missionary to the Nez Perce Indians, dealt with the challenges of life with a sometimes difficult husband and with her daughter's captivity.
When Eliza is finally given her mother's diary, she is stunned to find that her own memories are not necessarily the whole story of what happened. Can she lay the dark past to rest and move on? Or will her childhood memories always hold her hostage?
Based on true events, The Memory Weaver is New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick's latest literary journey into the past, where threads of western landscapes, family, and faith weave a tapestry of hope inside every pioneering woman's heart. Readers will find themselves swept up in this emotional story of the memories that entangle us and the healing that awaits us when we bravely unravel the threads of the past.
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Christian Fiction Series
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.81 (inches)|
millscreek5 Stars Out Of 5GoodJanuary 19, 2017millscreekQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The novel actually got me interested in the missionary work among the Native Indians. Good book well written.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Memory WeaverMarch 13, 2016MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I found The Memory Weaver to be consistent with Jane Kirkpatrick's other books. She knows how to weave fact and fiction together seamlessly to create memorable stories. I always learn so much about history when I read her books, which are written in her lyrical style. This book was written in first person, told by Eliza Spalding Warren, interspersed with entries from her mother's diary. If you enjoy historical fiction based on fact, I highly recommend The Memory Weaver and any of Jane Kirkpatrick's books.
tolivercAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Earnest and HeartwrenchingDecember 30, 2015tolivercAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Mrs. Kirkpatrick has become one of my favorite authors. Her historical fiction is earnest and heart-wrenching, depicting human triumph in the face of hardship and tragedy, tackling issues of gender and racial inequality, and imagining how women and minorities coped with their status, what they thought about life and how they thrived and survived despite their circumstances. Like Mrs. Kirkpatricks' other novels, The Memory Weaver does not disappoint, bringing history to life with an engaging story based on true events.
JennaCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Rich historical novelDecember 6, 2015JennaCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4It always blows me away when I read stories about frontierswomen they could practically take on anything. They werent worried about whether their Starbucks drink was low-fat, stressed when they broke a nail, or squeamish over doing housework. These women were strong in every sense of the word, and equally admirable. They did what they had to in order to survive - many relying on their faith to see them through.
Eliza Spalding Warren was one of those women. She survived a horrific tragedy when she was young, but instead of letting it defeat her, she soldiered on. Eliza grew up fast, marrying a man quite a few years older than her, and soon had her own children to raise. I found her very courageous as she met each new challenge head on, even while she struggled with reoccurring memories of her captivity, a difficult father, and a restless husband.
This is not a fast-paced novel, but rather asks the readers to take a breath, slow down, and allow yourself to be carried away in a tale of loss, love, struggle, courage, and hope. Rich in setting, history, and characters, The Memory Weaver is a story sure to stick in the minds of readers days after finishing the final page.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. This is my honest review.
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Learn to overcome the past to face God's beautiful present with Jane Kirkpatrick.November 24, 2015ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is the first book I've read in a long time. I was in a little bit of a reading slump, and then I had a lot going on in my personal life. I just didn't have time to read. I think this book is going to be the gateway for me to get back into reading. I really enjoyed the story. It's written like the pages of a diary from Eliza's point of view. At times, I was a little confused as to what was going on, but I think it's because the first half of the story was read in little bits and pieces at a time by me. To fully enjoy the beauty of this narrative, I think I would have had to read bigger chunks at a time.
The descriptions of the trials, tribulations, and memories Eliza has to deal with and the land, homes, and settings were phenomenal. I could empathize greatly with the women in this story. I really didn't care for the men. I thought Eliza could have done better in her choice of husband, but he gained my respect by the end. The story mainly focuses on Eliza and her growth as a Christ follower. I really enjoyed following her journey from the trials she faced at a young age to womanhood. It was inspiring!
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Jane Kirkpatrick weaves a story of overcoming past trials to face present times in an amazing way, with God at the center.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*