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Friday, October 2, 2015

The Memory Weaver

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of twenty-seven books, including A Light in the Wilderness and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her books have been awarded the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction and have been finalists for many others.  Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry.

You can connect with Jane through her website found at

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 y 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 Thoughts:
Kirkpatrick has a gift of bringing history alive in the pages of her stories.  Her deep research and attention to detail is remarkably evident in The Memory Weaver.  Readers will find themselves very easily swept away to another time and place.  Kirkpatrick wastes no words, but carefully weaves life lessons of faith into the dialogue and thoughts of her characters;
"I didn't know then that the healing of old wounds comes not from pushing tragic memories away but from remembering them, filtering them through love, to transform their distinctive brand of pain."
Eliza's story is told through her memories alongside the diary entries of her mother.  Kirkpatrick seamlessly uses the two to reveal a period in history and a mission of which many may be unaware. This is a story of a woman whose strength and faith will challenge and encourage readers.  You will be blessed in the time it takes to read this book.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of giving an honest review.

Happy Reading Ya'll,