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The Memory Weaver

Eliza was only a child when she was taken by the Cayuse Indians in 1847. Years later, now a parent herself, she discovers her mother's diary. Her mother was a missionary to the Nez Perce tribe. As Eliza reads through the diary, she learns that the memories of her childhood ... Read More


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Eliza was only a child when she was taken by the Cayuse Indians in 1847. Years later, now a parent herself, she discovers her mother's diary. Her mother was a missionary to the Nez Perce tribe. As Eliza reads through the diary, she learns that the memories of her childhood are a much larger story. Can she move on from her past?

Product Details:
Page Count: 336
Released: 09/2015
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Aug 4, 2015
  • UPC: 9780800722326
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: Sep 1, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0800722329

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Massacre And Memories! by Susan M. on 10/24/2015

This was a very interesting book to read. I love history, and enjoy reading books set within a certain time frame. This one has love, heartache and survival all bound up into one story line, a story based on true events. I was captured by the story, and could not wait to read each page. The story of Eliza Spalding Warren who was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Her mother's name was also Eliza, and they were both strong women, women who knew how to be resourceful. I don't want to give the whole story away hers, but it's one that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time, and felt every heartbeat of those involved. The story is told both through the mothers and daughters eyes. The mothers stories came from diary entries, and what stories they are. If you love historical novels based on true events then this would be a great book for you. I received this product for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Life in the Old West by Tickmenot on 10/15/2015

This story is based on true events that took place during the 1800's in the American West. Eliza Spalding and her Christian Missionary parents, happily lived among the Nez Perce people until she was ten years old. At that time, Eliza and a group of people were terrorized, and held captive by another tribe for over a month.

After that, despite protests by both the Spalding Family and the Nez Perce, the mission board demanded the Spaldings leave their beloved ministry to the Native Americans. Giving up his life's work followed closely by the death of his wife, caused Eliza's father, Henry, to become short tempered and caustic.

Family expectations...

Most of the household duties and care of her younger siblings, fell on Eliza's shoulders. Henry decides Eliza should remain single and become his ministry partner. His eventual hope is to return to the Nez Perce.

Instead, wanting to set her own course, teenager Eliza jumps into marriage with Andrew Warren. Unbeknownst to her, Andrew has both a drinking and a gambling problem. Also, her husband has a wandering spirit, and hoping to make a lot of money, wants move the family hundreds of miles away to raise cattle. The place he chooses will be very close to the area where Eliza was held captive all those years ago. She still suffers almost constant nightmares about that time, and it is the last place she wants to go. Andrew also decides that Eliza and their two young children can make this wagon trek alone--he claims he must go ahead without them.

One choice can change the course of your life.

Eliza has to make the decision whether she will follow her not always reliable husband, or remain behind to make a life without him. The last choice is what her father demands that she choose. Henry constantly tells her what a mistake she has made by marrying Andrew. This story covers Eliza's choices, along with the ups and downs she has with her father, husband and family.

She has a lot of exciting and amazing adventures. This book really brings them to life. It also covers the relationships her family has with the Nez Perce people. This includes the tender love they have for the Nez Perce tribe, along with the feeling of betrayal Eliza has for those she once considered family.

Even though this story is about real people and true historical events, it is a fictional account. But this is not a dry, history book, just the opposite. Eliza's life story has a lot going on. The author also does an amazing job of getting the reader inside Eilza's head. Because of that, you understand how she views the world along with her hopes and fears. That makes this tale really come alive, and it is hard to put the book down. I recommend this 5-star book to those who enjoy books based on real historical people and their lives, or anyone who likes a well-written book.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of The Memory Weaver through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment.

Life and love are not always easy... by J. Augustine on 10/2/2015

I have to admit that in the past I've had a hard time getting into this author's stories. But The Memory Weaver was entirely different. I only had it a few days and the cover kept calling, calling to me. I started to read it and could hardly put it down until I was done.

I first picked out The Memory Weaver because of the storyline. Having lived in Idaho for awhile I knew about the Lapwai Mission so I jumped at the chance to read a book about the people who lived there for a time. I was totally impressed, this book isn't just a shallow historical romance but is rather a deep look into the lives of two very real and quite extraordinary women.
I was captivated by the stories of the two Eliza Spaldings. The one who loved her work as a missionary teacher, frustrated with the whims of a missionary board thousands of miles away, who simply wants her traumatized daughter to find peace and happiness again. The other a girl, traumatized by what she experienced as a child, trying to control those around her, and trapped in unhappiness by memories that may not be completely accurate.

Jane Kirkpatrick has woven an emotional and thought-provoking story that will linger long in the reader's mind. A story that is steeped in history but every woman, no matter their age, can relate to. The Memory Weaver is a truly moving book that all lovers of historical fiction should read.

(I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)

Memories Aren't Always What They Seem by Claudia on 9/27/2015

Jane Kirkpatrick, an author known for bringing history to life, has skillfully told the story of another strong woman, unknown to many, who helped pioneer our country. Eliza Spalding Warren was the first surviving white child born west of the Rocky Mountains. Her earliest memories were formed among the Nimíipuu, who were called Nez Perce by the white settlers, her parents being sent to Lapwai, Idaho by the Presbytery Mission Board at the request of the Nimíipuu.
Having formed only happy memories, things changed drastically for ten-year old Eliza. Spending time away from her family while being educated at another nearby mission, Eliza was taken hostage during an Indian massacre by those who were angry about the mission’s being built on sacred land and the mission doctor’s inability to save the natives from the pox. This became a defining moment in Eliza’s life, the memories of which encroached on her daily living for many years, well into her adulthood.
Kirkpatrick’s telling of Eliza Spalding Warren’s story helps the reader to realize that our memories often become tangled as they are being woven, tangled by misconceptions, tales of others’ memories, extreme emotions, and knots caused by the passage of time. Our own memories are woven into our lives, but it is up to us to decide whether or not they will define us as we continue to weave in new memories.
For fans of Kirkpatrick, The Memory Weaver won’t disappoint. For readers whom Kirkpatrick will be a new-to-you author, The Memory Weaver will have you reaching for another book by this author. May I recommend for you two of my favorites: A Light in the Wilderness and Mystic Sweet Communion (the book that led me to reach for another).

Good read! by Jeanette on 9/20/2015

Eliza is haunted by her childhood. Her mother died and her father remarried. She couldn't shake the memories of being kidnapped as a child. She was ready to leave home and start her life with her new love. Her father tried to warn her to not rush into things but she didn't want to listen to him. Things didn't turn out as she planned. Her husband wasn't all she wanted him to be. Life wasn't easy. She wasn't prepared when her husband wanted to move to the very area that she was running from in her thoughts and memory.

Eliza had many lessons to learn on her journey. I enjoyed reading about Eliza and her road to maturity.

INCREDIBLE! by NARITA on 9/16/2015

When a new book comes out by Jane Kirkpatrick, I am on pins and needles until I can get a copy and read it! This one is yet another 5 star book by her! She is the best at blending historical facts with fiction. With much detailed research on written accounts and records Jane brings to life Spaulding family; missionaries to the Nez Perce Indians and the rich history of the Oregon Territory where they served.
Tirelessly and with their whole hearts, Eliza’s mother and father taught and ministered to the tribe. At age ten, the mission suffered a fierce attack by the Cayuse Indians. Several people were killed and Eliza, only 10 years old, was taken captive, and had a front row seat to all the horrors that took place. This event had a massive affect upon her the rest of her life.
She suffered from what we now call PTS. Sounds or sights would trigger flashbacks and painful memories. This combined with experiencing the trauma at such a young age left Eliza confused about what actually happened. There were no counselors or medications as there is now so she developed her own ways of dealing with the problem. She leaned on her faith in God, and pure determination and grit. This haunted her even after she married and had children of her own.
The chapters alternate between her mother’s diary from that time and Eliza’s life. Between the two I could see discrepancies of her mother’s description what happened and what Eliza remembered. She is forced to face her past and her present when her husband and children move back to the very place of the tragedy. Her journey is one of healing, especially in the area of finding the truth. She comes to understand that painful memories are not always accurate, especially filtered through the eyes of a child.
This is a story of courage and suffering, from which for a time there was no escape. It is one woman’s search for peace of heart and mind. As always, through her characters, Ms. Kirkpatrick, strong messages of biblical and life wisdom. I found many I could apply to my life. This is a book you want to read!
I received this book free from Revell publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

And the story weaves of the past ~ remnants remaining in the future. by Kathleen E. on 9/12/2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015
The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick, © 2015

The Memory Weaver asks the question...how does trauma affect a marriage and a mother and a life and how do we allow love to transform a memory to bring wisdom rather than despair? What role can friends and family play in helping another heal from a tragedy? How much are friends and family affected by disasters experienced by someone they loved? Set in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and the land where Eliza was once held captive, this is the story of memory and how what we remember isn't always what really happened. This story will remind us all that love is more powerful than the fiercest tragedy and that we often judge ourselves harshly over things we cannot change. Forgiveness is a journey we can make together. --author Jane Kirkpatrick

I didn't know then that the healing of old wounds comes not from pushing tragic memories away but from remembering them, filtering them through love, to transform their distinctive brand of pain. ... Maybe I didn't even hear what I thought I did. Emotions wrap around memory. We don't recall the detail of our stories; we remember the experience.
--The Memory Weaver, 18

Brownsville, Oregon Territory ~ 1851
Eliza Spalding, oldest daughter, age 13 when her mother dies; siblings Henry 11, Martha 4, and Amelia "Millie" then 3. Always drawn to wildflowers, Eliza noticed more than daily chores or happenings; the indent of deer hooves, the quiet watch of an owl in a fir tree. Awareness.

"I don't believe in coincidences." Then I sermonized as though I knew all there was to know. "I believe the Lord sets our path and whatever befalls us has some meaning and purpose."
--Eliza, Ibid., 21

Andrew Warren, age 19, gravedigger when needed, hopeful future cattle spread owner. He is to learn a lot from Eliza, and she from him. Her father warns her not to keep company with any young man. Andrew has dreams. They include her.

Facts do little but annoy big dreamers, or make them more determined to show the naysayers wrong.
--Eliza, Ibid., 32

And the story weaves of the past ~ remnants remaining in the future.

“I really wanted to tell the story of how a tragic event affects not just the person in the middle of it but the people around it, the people who just stand and wait." --author Jane Kirkpatrick, blog

The Diary of Eliza Spalding

You will need to read The Memory Weaver as the story surrounds the happenings and events so vivid for such a time as this. To meld warmth and remembrance to harsh realities to follow the path set before each of us individually, meandering together as course proceeds.

I enjoy Jane Kirkpatrick's chronicles of paths she has chosen to rediscover in lands she has known.

***Thank you to author Jane Kirkpatrick and to Revell Reads for sending me a review copy of The Memory Weaver. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

Another wonderful Christian Historical by master story teller . . . by Robin on 9/3/2015

. . . Jane Kirkpatrick, based on facts about American Indian missionaries Eliza and Henry Spalding, and their daughter Eliza. This is the story about the daughter - expanding on actual diaries and documents - mixed as Jane Kirkpatrick so skillfully does with faith and life wisdoms.

At the age of 10 young Eliza was among the hostages taken by the Cayuse, a traumatic event (including massacres) that took place for 39 days before the British paid the ransom for their release. Eliza was forced to be an interpreter, since she was the only one who spoke all the languages of the captors and hostages. This explores her life as she lives on after this tragedy, expected to act as an adult, and goes on to marry and raise children of her own.

The story of her relationship with her father, her husband and actual events in their lives is very interesting - growing up and still coping with memories of her early life. It's woven with excerpts from her mother's diary, sometimes showing that things were not always the way that she perceived them from her 10 year old vantage point. You can't help but be touched by the story of this strong woman of the 1800's and her story of survival.

From Eliza's mother's diaries:
"... suffering arrives when one longs for what is not and can never be again. "
And during her life among the Indians: ". . . she aided me in understanding that the way I saw the world was not the only way to see it. "

As stated by the author: "It's my hope that this story allows each of us shaped by tragic and painful events to see that we are not alone and that there is a way to weave new cloth."

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Baker Publishing Group, Revell Reads - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html

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