Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Memory Weaver

GIVEAWAY

KIRKPATRICK, JANE
THE MEMORY WEAVER

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?


My Review:

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 future without regard for her own wishes and then with a husband who fought his own demons in soul-destroying ways. As if that isn't enough to cope with she is dealing with her own turbulent past. Talk about courageous. Determined. A true overcomer.

Jane Kirkpatrick has a distinctive flare for words that convey depth and meaning even in the simplest of phrases. Like this: "We don't recall the detail in our stories; we remember the experiences." Profound, right? Made me stop and think and then ponder some more. I didn't totally get it until I finished reading Eliza's story. Now I have a glimmer of understanding and don't those words just fit so beautifully with the title, The Memory Weaver?

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Memory Weaver please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 4 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

45 comments:

  1. Have not read one of her books yet but looks like a goody. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. She writes amazing biographical fiction. Good luck, Kim.

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  2. I love this cover and it sounds like a wonderful story. Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. There's something a wee bit haunting about that cover. Good luck, Melanie.

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  3. I have read so many nice things about this book and would naturally love to win a copy. rmaney(at)firstarpchurch(dot)org.

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  4. Hey Kav, I enjoy reading stories that cause me to stop and ponder. THE MEMORY WEAVER sounds intriguing. I would love to read it.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. It really made my jaw drop in awe over the sheer grit of a pioneer woman. Seriously would not have been a good one. LOL Good luck, Caryl.

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  5. I have not read any books by Jane Kirkpatrick yet, but after reading your review, this one has peaked my interest. Sounds very thought provoking and the cover is very beautiful.
    reneerachoyolsenATgmailDOTcom

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    1. She's found her niche in writing fictional biographies of lesser known but really strong women. Good luck, Heather.

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  6. Sounds like a good read. I never read anything by this author, but I would love to try one of her book.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  7. It really does sound like a facsination read! I feel I'm pretty submissive, but I imagine it would have been quite hard holding my tongue for some of the things these women went through. The epitomy of strength. :)

    Thanks for sharing your review.

    KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I think I'd like this book. Thanks.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  9. Kav, you've written a compelling review of this novel. Now I wish to read it more than ever!

    carlagade AT gmail DOT com

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  10. Love pioneer stories & love this storyline - thanks for the beautiful review, Kav. Would love to read 'The Memory Weaver'!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Bonnie. Good luck.

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  11. I'm anxious to read this and find out about her mother's diary.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It's an interesting perspective for sure. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  12. Thank you for the review and opportunity. teshaw(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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    1. You're welcome, Tammie. Good luck.

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  13. This sounds like a great book and I love the cover. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Wendy. Good luck.

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  14. This is definitely a must read author as soon as she has a new book out. I love this type of historical book. Sign me up for the giveaway chance right away, Kav. Hey what can I say, I get excited over books, lol..
    Deane
    Book1lovingmomma at gmail dot com

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    1. She's really picking some interesting women to write about. Good luck Deanne.

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    2. Geez, I'm glad you know how to spell my name ,Kav because apparently I don't, lol.

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    3. I thought maybe you were going for a new look, Deanne. LOL

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  15. I've read many of Jane's books and have yet to read one I didn't like. She has a very lyrical way of writing with lots of depth. I'm looking forward to reading The Memory Weaver, so thanks for the chance to win it.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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  16. I've read a few of Jane's novel's & love her writing voice. I'd love to add this to my bookshelf :-) Thank you for the chance, Kav!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. This is one I have been wanting to read! I keep seeing it everywhere. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Keep up the good work. Enjoy hopping over to your blog often to read your reviews and enter.

    amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

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  18. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  19. I like the title and cover!
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. This is one of those books that I wish I belonged to a book club. I just know I will want to talk about it with others who have read it, as well. - Terrill

    tlhcoupon (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. I'd love to be part of a book club too, Terrill. Too bad we don't live in the same city. Good luck.

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    2. That would be fun. Too bad. :( I did an online book club with author Kristy Cambron this summer. Not a traditional book club, but still fun.

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