The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick

51pi3uZ-lXL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_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.

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five 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 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 Decision, Private Pilot, and Daily Guideposts. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at

My Thoughts

Although this book had a slow beginning, by its close, the plot captivated me.  The book’s plot weaves alternating chapters from Eliza’s present to the reading of her mother’s diary. The similarities between the two are sometimes eerie, but the diary serves as the forgotten memory of the subject.

As a missionary’s daughter who marries a man who desires to be a missionary, Eliza is forced to decide to go to the people who kidnapped her with her husband, or remain in civilization without her husband.  Her decision will surprise you.

Based on a true story, the story will find you wanting to know more of the lives in this story.  I encourage you to read The Memory Weaver, especially if you are a lover of history.

Thank you to Revell for a free copy in exchange for my honest review.