Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick


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.


I am always on the look out for novels based on true stories. With it's stunning cover, this novel was an enjoyable novel that was easy to read. It is the story of Eliza Spalding Warren who was considered a heroine of the Whitman Massacre where a band of disgruntled Cayuse Indians attacked and massacred those who lived at the Whitman Mission. She witnessed the massacre and was one of forty-six captives taken. The details of all that she endured are presented as her own reflections and through her mother's diary, which tends to mellow the drama a bit. 

Rather, the book focuses on her journey to overcome her tragic past and forge a path for her future. Through the help of her mother's diary, the reader moves from past to present as Eliza discovers an alternate interpretation and compares it to her own thoughts and life.

The book was very enjoyable, although I wish the story focused more on Eliza's first hand experiences. Despite this, it is a very good, accurate accounting of the Whitman Massacre and the hardships of life on the American frontier. I recommend this to fans of historical fiction based on true stories. A lovely, entertaining, and moving read.

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest
 review.