“I had returned to a time, a reunion, that didn’t happen where I’d thought. I was discovering that the past I remembered wasn’t always the past that was,” Eliza considers in Jane Kirkpatrick’s novel, The Memory Weaver.
This three hundred and fifty-two page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian historical fiction with romance in the Wild West during the mid-eighteen hundreds. With no profanity, topics of drinking, gambling, abuse, and death may not be apropos for immature readers. The beginning has a helpful list of characters and map while the ending includes the author’s notes with acknowledgments and an interview along with fifteen discussion questions, biography, and advertisements. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
Based on a true story in the Oregon Territory in 1847, nine-year-old Eliza Spalding witnesses a horrific massacre while her parents are Christian missionaries to an Indian tribe. She is held hostage and released unharmed physically but deeply scarred emotionally.
Four years later, her sickly mother passes away and, as the eldest daughter, she is to take care of her siblings while her preacher father spreads God’s Word. When she meets nineteen-year-old Andrew Warren, she sees an escape to live her life, even if it includes a man that likes to drink and gamble to accomplish his big dreams.
Reading her mother’s diary, Eliza tries to overcome her nightmares and dark memories of the past by understanding her mother’s viewpoint during the event that changed so many lives. Married to Andrew and a parent, she tries ardently to overcome the bitterness and fear.
As the book mentions the growing towns in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, and parts of Washington, the story explains a woman’s dedication to her husband and family as she is forced to return a dozen years later to the scene of her horrors. Only by learning about love and forgiveness, can she find the clarity of what happened and why when she was a child.
Offering the reader a historical and geographical landscape of the West, the writer blends the true story with some fiction to show survival, fortitude, and respect in marriage.
Having won several writing awards, author Kirkpatrick has written twenty-seven books. She and her husband live in Central Oregon.
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