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.
I am a fan of Jane Kirkpatrick's work and was so looking forward to reading this book. I found it a bit slow going though. Going back and forward between Eliza and her mother's diaries was not helpful. I will say though by the last quarter of the book the pace picked up and I had to know what happened next.
The story itself of Eliza is very interesting and I find that time period fascinating. I also found the author's notes and acknowledgments to be extremely helpful in explaining things; so they are a must read. It was also interesting when Jane pointed out in those notes, that Eliza probably suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You don't think that people back in those days would suffer from it would you? That made me reflect on what and why Eliza did the things she did.
Stars out of 5 : 4 Despite the fact the story was slow going I loved the subject matter.
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