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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Memory Weaver Review!

The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick

Book Description:
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.

My Opinion:
Personally not for me.  I had a hard time getting in to this one and did not finish it.  :/  I personally didn't like the style and I was expecting something completely different after reading the book description.  It was hard for me to concentrate (maybe it's just over my head) and it was too deep for me.  I wish there had been more scenes with joy in them.  I understand that this is based on a real person and real life doesn't always contain joy, but reading is a joy for me and so I want to read about joyful things amongst realistic things! LOL! Nothing against the main female character, but I connected more with her mother and wish it had been from her point of view instead of just through her diary.  It felt all too sad for me, and I kept waiting for something to get better or a funny scene that I just didn't find.  The style of being written through memories made it feel disjointed and confusing for me sometimes.  Just because this book wasn't personally for me doesn't mean that it may not be for you!  My suggestion and recommendation to you is that you read the "look inside" preview here on  If it intrigues you and you like the style go for it! 

1 Corinthians 15:2


*I requested and received this book from Revell for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about (name of book). ~ASC

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