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The Memory Weaver

Author : Jane Kirkpatrick
Published: 01 September 2015
Reviewed: 11 September 2015

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Copy kindly supplied by Revell in return for an honest review via NetGalley.


3 out of 5 stars

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.

The novel is based on the true story of Eliza Spalding Warren, and not knowing anything about her I did a little research online before reading just to give myself an understanding of who she was.  
The opening pages of this novel filled me with dread, the lengthy character list was almost enough to put me off reading this, thinking there was no way I would manage to remember who all the characters were and what their place in the story was.  Whilst the list was useful as a point of reference, it really didn’t work well as the first pages of the Kindle copy of the novel I reviewed. 

After the troubles in 1847 and the death of Eliza’s mother a few years later, she becomes carer to her younger siblings and father, before meeting and marrying Andrew Spalding and having his children.  
As the story unfolds, the narration switches back and forth between Eliza and her mother’s diary entries, for me this seemed to slow the pace of reading drastically.  The diary entries were necessary to explain historical events and give detail that only Eliza Spalding (deceased) could give, but at the same time there was a lot of repetition in those entries so I did find that it was tempting to skip ahead sometimes. 

The novel does teach you that memories are not always as truthful as you think they are, events can be remembered differently by some people and that discovery in the novel was quite interesting.  

However, in all honesty, I felt this novel lacked something.  It held my interest long enough to finish it, but I have to admit that I was glad to have finished it to move on to reading something else.  

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Historical novels, and Religious novels. 

I would like to thank Revell for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book will be published on .  A copy can be purchased here The Memory Weaver (UK Kindle Version)

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