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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 ...more
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Published September 1st 2015 by Revell
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Despite the fact that Jane Kirkpatrick is a prolific inspirational historical fiction author, The Memory Weaver is my first read by her. After finishing this novel, I can easily see why she is a favorite in the genre, and I’m glad to have finally read one of her books. The first person narration, realistic historical detail and thought-provoking plot kept me engaged throughout the story. There are a lot of interesting details about daily pioneer life – I do not envy those homesteading in the 185 ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I owe my interest in Jane Kirkpatrick's The Memory Weaver to the artist who created the jacket. The contrasting colors caught my eye and while I wasn't overly enthusiastic over the premise, the imagery that graced the cover sparked something nostalgic in my imagination and prompted me to disregard any and all hesitation I felt regarding the material. Unfortunately for me, the narrative it concealed proved an uphill battle. I
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
While I'm still a fan of Jane Kirkpatrick The Memory Weaver was just difficult to read. The writing was as usual lovely but the story it-self evoked a most unlikeable group to care about. Young Eliza and her Andrew just made so many poor choices that I struggled to read through them. Henry the father wasn't much better. It was hard to read about the tunnel vision they all seemed to share about the Nez Perce Indians; it didn't come across as devotion but more of an obsession. Mother Eliza's diary ...more
The girl would remember that last solo ride with her mother: the sweep of the landscape, the scent of the flower and the horses, the sound of the Clearwater River chattering on its way to the faraway sea, and her mother’s approving smile. She would weave those memories into what happened later, trying to make sense of those threads, praying they would support rather than threaten her own life as a woman, mother, and wife.

A true historical fiction on the life Eliza Spalding Warren during the 18
Carole Jarvis
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

For historical fiction that focuses on America’s pioneer years, Jane Kirkpatrick is outstanding. The Memory Weaver is based on the true account of Eliza Spaulding, daughter of pioneer missionaries Henry and Eliza Spaulding, who ministered to the Nez Perce Indians. In Jane’s capable hands, rich historical detail provides the backdrop for a narrative that beautifully conveys the hardships, emotions, commitment and sheer determination of these ea
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve got four words for you: Go read this book! I highly enjoyed The Memory Weaver, and I personally think that Jane Kirkpatrick is greatly talented. She is wonderful at weaving words in such a way that history comes alive in her characters.
The history behind the Spalding family has always fascinated me so I was very excited to dive into this particular book. However, I found it to be a slow-burner. Please don’t get me wrong because even though it’s slower, it’s highly enjoyable. I think part o
I don't read a lot of inspirational/christian fiction. Frequently I find myself being hit over my figurative head with the author's personal dogma. I did not know that this was particular author's chosen genre.
I found myself engaged with the story and characters within a few pages. While it became clear early on that this was inspirational fiction, I remained engaged. Eliza and her family were certainly flawed as are we all. Their struggles in the early years of the Oregon/Washington territori
Jennifer Leo
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Living in the Pacific Northwest, I took a special interest in Jane Kirkpatrick's new novel, The Memory Weaver, based on the true story of Eliza Spaulding, daughter of real-life missionaries Henry and Eliza Spaulding.

Background: The elder Spauldings, along with Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, made the arduous journey from New York to Oregon Territory in the 1830s with the goal of spreading Christianity among the Nez Perce Indians. (Eliza and Narcissa are said to have been the first white women to m
Based on a true story, The Memory Weaver focuses on the life of Eliza Spalding Warren whose parents were missionaries in the Oregon Territory in the mid 1800’s. At the age of 10, Eliza was held hostage by the Cayuse Indians who had attacked and massacred many of the white people living at one of the missions. The horrific experience burned itself into Eliza’s memory causing post traumatic stress disorder, and as she grew older, the consequences and memories affected her life.
This novel evokes a
Jalynn Patterson
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:
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 t
Nora St Laurent
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read from the back of the book in author notes first. I also found the author interview with Jane Kirkpatrick informative. They helped to bring a depth and clarity to this true story I wouldn’t have otherwise. The author gives a glimpse into this tragedy from a different angle than other writers.
This author wanted to explore the daughter’s life and make it the focal point of this novel. Jane says, “There had never been an exploration of Elisa the child as an interpreter during the Whitman tra
Robin Willson
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful Christian Historical by master story teller 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 p
Shannah Mauney
This is the first book I've read in a long time. I was in a little bit of a reading slump, and then I had a lot going on in my personal life. I just didn't have time to read. I think this book is going to be the gateway for me to get back into reading. I really enjoyed the story. It's written like the pages of a diary from Eliza's point of view. At times, I was a little confused as to what was going on, but I think it's because the first half of the story was read in little bits and pieces at a ...more
I've really struggled with what to rate this book. I requested it due to the theme and setting. I haven't read much about Native Americans and the missionary efforts to reach them and 1850s America.
Kirkpatrick did a wonderful job detailing life and conflicts during that time. She did her researched and portrayed a wide view of the missionary efforts. However, it was a hard book to get into. I struggled to stay interested and to finish it. I didn't feel there was life to the story. I was looking
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Jane Kirkpatrick's newest novel is truly everything that makes historical fiction such a wonderful genre. Carefully researched and based on multiple accounts of true events, the book examines the life of Eliza Spalding - daughter of some of the earliest missionaries to the Nez Perce, survivor of a horrific attack that left 13 other people brutally murdered, and the first white child born in the Oregon Territory to survive.

The Memory Weaver may indeed be chock full of historical insight but it is
Lenora Good
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Eliza Spalding Warren was a young girl of ten years, newly arrived at the Whitman mission from her home in Lapwai where her parents were missionaries to the Nez Perce, and where she grew up playing with children of The People, and loved and was loved in return, by The People. Shortly after her arrival at the Whitman's mission, a few of the Cayuse, cousins of the Nez Perce, attacked and killed several people, including the Whitmans. Young Eliza was the only one who spoke fluent Sahaptin and was c ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Memory Weaver is a work of historic fiction based on the life of Eliza Spalding Warren. In it, Eliza tells us of her life starting at age fourteen when she was first approached by Mr. Warren, as she continues to call her husband even after marriage. And while this is partly the story of their marriage, it is primarily the story of how past traumatic events affect Eliza as she struggles to deal with the difficult men in her life and the hardships found in the Oregon Territory of the mid to la ...more
Based upon the lives of the Spalding family who journeyed west to bring faith to the Nez Perce in the mid 1800's. Told through the voice of Eliza Spalding Warren and the diary entries of her mother, the struggles and triumphs of their history are revealed. Eliza grew up playing with the children of the Nez Perce, spoke their language and was loved and nurtured by her extended family. In a visit to the neighboring Whitman's mission, there is an attack by the Cayuse Indians, several people are mur ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This fictional biography of Eliza Spalding Warren is a sobering read. I've come away with a new appreciation for the tenacity of the pioneering spirit. And the women in particular. Every aspect of their lives was determined by the whims of a man, be it father or husband. Their men boasted grandiose dreams and expected the women to scurry around taking care of all the practicalities to make those dreams possible.

Eliza just never seemed evenly yoked. First with her father who tried to control her
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
Jane Kirkpatrick is such a talented author because the amount of historical research is incredible. There are few authors who are able to write a fictional story based upon a real person and not make it sound like a history book. I enjoy all of Jane's books because of their historical truths and this book was very good. At first I was a bit confused on the story line, things jump around a bit. The book goes between an old diary and the main story line. This book is based upon Eliza Spalding and ...more
Elizabeth Dennison
As a young child Eliza Spalding Warren was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now she is a mother of two young children with no mother to guide her in her marriage and child raising Her husband chooses to make a new start in another territory, which means leaving the only safe place she has known and her mother's grave; while returning to to the land of her captivity. Struggling with the memories that haunt her, Eliza longs to know how her mother dealt with everything ...more
Debora Wilder
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting historical novel.

This is the first book I have ever read by Jan Kirkpatrick. I really liked the character development in this book. I also enjoyed the fact that as the story progressed many of the characters matured in how they handled things that came up.

It was a great look at how childhood trauma can affect a person for years to come. It was a little bit of a revelation to see how simple things were able to cause flashbacks.

I had a little bit of trouble with how short se
A good read! I don't have much to say about it, though. I did like how the story took place over a longer period of time and you get to see a lot of the family and how things end up with everyone, even the next generation.
I also liked that the main character had a lot of faith and stayed strong in it throughout everything.
To be honest, I really didn't like the husband, but I guess we were supposed to see through. And by the end he had grown on me a bit.

Overall a really good story and I'll def
Maya B
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Although I liked Kirkpatrick's writing style I did not find this story interesting. It was a slow read and I did not feel a connection with the main character Eliza Spalding Warren. ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: partly-read, skimmed
I initially requested a copy of this book from the publisher because I'd never really read anything about Indians before. Sure, I'd read children's stories, but nothing for adults. So, I was a bit disappointed that this book really didn't involve Indians as much as I thought it would. But, I think that this was my mistake, as I didn't finish reading the entire blurb on the back of the book before I started it.

When I started reading this book, I found it quite confusing. I got the dates and year
There have been many novels written about life on and at the end of the Oregon Trail. People made the arduous journey for multiple reasons, including being missionaries to the Indians in the west. Jane Kirkpatrick’s latest release, The Memory Weaver, focuses on the life of a daughter of one of those missionaries. Henry Spalding and his wife made the trip with the more well-known Walter and Narcissa Whitman. (For a good novel about the crossing from the Whitman perspective, read The Doctor’s Lady ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Life in the Old West

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 Nat
Rambling Readers
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Memory Weaver" is an emotional story of healing that takes readers on a journey through the western frontier. Jane Kirkpatrick introduces the real-life Saplding family, who served as missionaries to the Nez Perce and survived a deadly Cayuse Indian attack. Knowing that the plot is inspired by actual events makes the story more meaningful. Although this is a work of fiction, Kirkpatrick gives us a realistic vision of what life must have been like for Eliza as she grew into womanhood still ha ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"The Memory Weaver" perhaps finds Jane Kirkpatrick at her very finest, as I can confidently say that this is my favourite book by the author that I have read thus far. Kirkpatrick has succeeded at weaving the facts of history into a fascinating story. She employs expert pacing as she gradually releases more and more of the details of the harrowing experience Eliza had when she was held hostage as a young girl by the Cayuse Indians, interspersed with Eliza's experiences growing into adulthood. In ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The beautiful cover of this novel was what initially made me interested in seeing what the story was all about. Stories that include Native American interaction intrigue me as well, so that sealed the deal. What I found as I read was an interesting, biographical journey of Eliza Spalding Warren. This is not my typical style of book, but I was able to appreciate Eliza's physical, emotional, and spiritual journey that was detailed in this story.

This novel is not your typical Christian fiction, in
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