Friday, September 25, 2015

The Memory Weaver - Book Review

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 Thoughts
When it comes to a novel written by Jane Kirkpatrick
I know I will get rich history that has been researched and well-presented.

The story is of Eliza Spalding Warren,
a woman that was taken hostage by the Indians when she was only a child.
She saw and endured things that changed her life forever
yet also shaped her into a strong and kind woman.
After being returned to her family Eliza still faces heartache and struggles.
Her loving mother passed away when Eliza was young and she is left with her father,
a man that shows no emotion and is hard on his children.
Eliza runs off with Andrew Warren and marries him only to infuriate her father
causing him to say she is dead to him.
Her husband isn't always easy either. . .

Even as Eliza faces the trials that come her way
she keeps her heart and mind focused upon the Lord,
trusting Him in and for all things.
She is kind, loving, and gentle and she continually pours these beautiful traits
upon those that hurt her the most - she is a precious and godly example.
She takes what comes at her and she makes the most of life.

I enjoyed this book, but I also found it a little difficult to read
simply because the story was slow and I found I could only handle a few chapters at a time.
I will say that Jane Kirkpatrick writes in a beautiful way - 
it's almost poetical at times.

All-in-all I would give this book 3.5 stars.
The history is rich and well-portrayed, 
but the story itself was just too slow with not enough to keep my attention.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
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 Wrangle Award from the Western Heritage Center.
Her books have been awarded the WILLA Literary Award
and Carol Award for the Historical Fictionand have been finalists for many others.
Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry.
Learn more at www.jkbooks.com

12 comments:

Vee said...

Was it intense? That's the word that comes to mind when I think of being kidnapped or being estranged from a parent or being married to a difficult man.

Denise said...

great review

mamasmercantile said...

That certainly sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for sharing your point of view.

Merlesworld said...

I don't mind a slow book as long as there are a few twists and turns and I like the people in the book.
Merle.............

Elizabethd said...

I do enjoy reading historical Christian novels, have not read this one, however.

Christine said...

Thanks for the review, Stephanie! I'm glad you are frank about this author, though I've never read any of her novels but I must try something by her. Though I've a stack of books I need to finish!
Have a lovely weekend!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear one! I am just stopping in quickly to say HAPPY WEEKEND and happy reading! It is Saturday, a rare time to decompress and gather myself....off I go to catch the day. Much love!

Lady Linda said...

Stephanie, Jane is my FAVORITE author! I have read almost every book she has written. I have met her several times and she is a delight! I love her writing style and historical fiction is what I enjoy reading the most. SO HAPPY that you did a review for Jane. Thanks for the review.

Delvalina said...

I cannot imagine when I meet you in person someday - you're rich in everything. Even the way you taste the story. Thank you for sharing :)
I hope you are having a good weekend.
Love,
Eva

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Thanks for the heads up on a slow read. If a book doesn't grab me at the beginning, I can't read it. It sounds like a good book though. I appreciate your thorough review!

Anne Payne said...

A lovely and thoughtful review, Stephanie. I enjoy Jane's books but they seem slow to me, too. Have you seen her quilt board on Pinterst?! Oh wow!!! :-)
https://www.pinterest.com/janekirkpatrick/quilting-with-jane/

Kira Brennan said...

Sounds silly but I always want to sew the clothes of everyone on the covers of the books you review! :P

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