“Jane Kirkpatrick puts flesh and blood on the bones of history. Set against an authentic nineteenth-century background, this is a superb story of a woman’s struggle to triumph over time and place. . . . A memorable book.”–Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author
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.
(Synopsis and image via Revell)
Some of what I remembered was not my own story. It was twisted like tobacco strands, tangled with a dozen other memories of people who were here and others who were not even a part of the terror.
Once again bestselling historical fiction writer, Jane Kirkpatrick, writes with the clarity and conviction she has committed to in writing several earlier books. As you can read in the synopsis, The Memory Weaver, tells the story of real-life Eliza Spaulding Warren within the backdrop of a traumatic incident at the hands of the Cayuse Indians during an 1847 massacre.
As a child, Eliza loved and was loved by another Indian community, that of the Nez Perce. The conflict within her after the Cayuse massacre left Eliza troubled and fearful at times as she wondered about the faithfulness of her Nez Perce friends. Jane Kirkpatrick uses this characterization to show the emotional scars left by such traumatic incidents. Much like PTSD sufferers of today, Eliza struggled day in and day out with the memories and fears as she brings her own children into the world and must watch over and care for them.
I believe this work presented the author with potential struggles meshing together what few historical facts remain of this time period in Oregon history with a fictional structure. As always what historical facts Jane provides her reader are well-researched and accurate (yes, I’m a fact checker!). Her ability to meld this into a work of historical fiction amazes me not only with The Memory Weaver but also her other writings.
As a Christian, I appreciated the way verses of Scripture and the faith of God’s people during this time worked together to show them His protection and love just as we enjoy it today. Jane is a masterful writer sharing her faith through her words.
If you enjoy historical fiction, especially during the mid 1800s set during the building of the Pacific Northwest, you will enjoy any book Jane Kirkpatrick has written. Each is a little different from the others, and The Memory Weaver shares another beautiful story of overcoming trials and continuing on in the way a person feels led to go. Eliza Spaulding Warren was a strong young woman, and her story is one of hope, release, and redemption. I highly recommend this book to young and old alike.
The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick
Published: September 2015
Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Genre: Fiction / Christian / Historical
Edition: Paperback edition, 336 pages
Source: Revell Reads Blog Tour Program
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…
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are solely mine.