A triumphant, moving novel: "The Memory Weaver" by Jane Kirkpatrick

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about the book....

Eliza Spalding Warren was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now a mother of two, Eliza faces a new kind of dislocation; her impulsive husband wants to make a new start in another territory, which will mean leaving her beloved home and her mother's grave--and returning to the land of her captivity. 

Haunted by memories and hounded by struggle, Eliza longs to know how her mother dealt with the trauma of their ordeal. As she searches the pages of her mother's diary, Eliza is stunned to find that her own recollections tell only part of the story.

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. Get 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.

my review....

"The Memory Weaver" perhaps finds Jane Kirkpatrick at her very finest, as I can confidently say that this is my favourite book by the author that I have read thus far. Kirkpatrick has succeeded at weaving the facts of history into a fascinating story. She employs expert pacing as she gradually releases more and more of the details of the harrowing experience Eliza had when she was held hostage as a young girl by the Cayuse Indians, interspersed with Eliza's experiences growing into adulthood. In the midst of the trials that Eliza faces, from her childhood tragedy to the conflict with her father and the struggles with her husband, we can see how God's hand is at work and he is there in the midst of the pain, even when Eliza doesn't realize it. Eliza's journey is an emotional one, one filled with doubt and pain and misunderstanding, but also with faith and hope at the same time. Kirkpatrick has created characters who live and breathe on the pages, and I have no doubt that readers will be able to glimpse pieces of their own struggles in Eliza's story. Really, I think that's what I love about historical fiction like this. Though times and circumstances may change over the ages, the underlying human experience is so common for all of us. We all experience pain and loss, tragedy and triumph. I am so thankful that Jane Kirkpatrick chose to bring Eliza to life for our generation, so that we can learn from her experiences and also celebrate with her as good comes out of all of the trials. I ended this book with tears in my eyes, having to pause and reflect on the story I had just read. If you love historical novels, then I encourage you to plan on reading this one for yourself.

Eliza's story is a keeper, one that is equal parts haunting, emotional, and triumphant, all at the same time. I award this novel a high recommendation and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the author....

Jane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. You can also read her work in more than fifty publications, including DecisionPrivate Pilot, and Daily Guideposts. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.

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