Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Book Review: "The Memory Weaver" by Jane Kirkpatrick

"The Memory Weaver" by Jane Kirkpatrick is based on true events. Eliza Spalding Warren was taken hostage in 1847 during an Indian attack on her mission school. This book follows her as an adult as she struggles to make sense of what she remembers happening and how that affects her life now.

This book was not what I expected. I thought it might have shown more of their interactions with the Indians and not just all as infrequent flashbacks. The book is told in the first person perspective of Eliza the daughter mainly, with "diary entries" from Eliza the mother scattered throughout. With it being based on actual people, the author had only little leeway in the story. I found it to be rather depressing at times with the many trials and difficulties Eliza went through as a child, with her father, and in her marriage. Eliza and her father do have significant character growth by the end of the book. Jane Kirkpatrick did a lot of research and it is an interesting look into what we now call PTSD.

"The Memory Weaver" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800722329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722326
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches

and for Kindle:
  • File Size: 5338 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order for me to review it. A positive review was not required and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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