The Memory Weaver

Kirkpatrick, Jane. The Memory Weaver. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
memoryweaverWitnessing a massacre at a young age, Eliza Spalding Warren was held hostage by the Cayuse Indians and forced to work as an interpreter as the only person who knew both languages. As time passes, memories shift which cause new insight and feelings into the past events. Based on a true story, New York Times bestselling author, Jane Kirkpatrick, takes readers on yet another emotionally, thought-provoking read…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I loved the basis for this story positioned on real-life past events. Also interesting, the alteration of memories over time, through experiences and as more knowledge is gained. Not a light read but rather a deeper, stimulating read which made me ponder the events and recollections associated with them. Always well-written with bits of true situations included, Jane Kirkpatrick enthralls with each novel. Though not a huge fan of pioneer time-frames, The Memory Weaver was an exception for me…especially as I enjoyed the included author interview at the end. I look forward to her next novel.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Memory Weaver from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Native American & Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York

Czarnota, Lorna MacDonald. Native American & Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York: Westwards Trails From Albany To Buffalo. Charleston, SC: The History Press. 2014.

SUMMARY:
NA&PioneerAn award-winning storyteller, Lorna MacDonald Czarnota spreads her history knowledge of the expansion from New York to Buffalo. Once open frontier and wilderness, European settlers and Native Americans altered the routes with their cultures, inventions, ideas, and experiences along the way. Filled with interesting facts, relevant black-and-white pictures, and intriguing information, Native American & Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York is a history lesson in a compelling package.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
So very interesting! Not only the tidbits, facts and information, but the pictures are so well placed and incorporated that the entire book just flows effortlessly. Either read straight through, in sections or even brief passages, this book held my attention. From Harriet Tubman to the Oneida Community to the Chery Valley Massacre, many people, legends and events are included. Definitely worth the read, the history lessons learned and revisited are priceless.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Native American & Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York from The History Press for my honest review*