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?
The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick is a beautifully written, hauntingly emotional story that captivated me from the start. While this is a fictional novel, it is based on true historical events and I must say that Ms. Kirkpatrick did a fantastic job in bringing history to life!
Eliza's journey to healing is at times heart-breaking but through it all there is also simple joys, hope and a strong faith in God.
The Memory Weaver is a bit long but it is definitely NOT boring. Ms Kirkpatrick's attention to detail and her love of the Oregon Trail history comes shining through. I highly recommend this book!
Thank you to Revell and Netgalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.