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Trade Paperback
432 pages
Apr 2004
WaterBrook Press

Hold Tight the Thread

by Jane Kirkpatrick

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In Hold Tight the Thread, Jane Kirkpatrick finishes her trilogy about the life of Marie Dorion, the Ioway woman who traveled west with Hunt’s Astorian expedition. With her children growing up and forming homes of their own, Marie faces new challenges of motherhood – trying to prepare her daughters for marriage. She still feels inadequate as a mother, believing her children’s mistakes come from her own faults in raising them, while her children revere her as nearly a saint. As Marie’s eyesight and memory worsen, she enjoys her grandchildren and leans on her husband, yet her advancing age doesn’t prevent her from welcoming into her home others God sends her way.

As conflict between the natives and the American missionaries and settlers escalates, Marie struggles with a long-forgotten memory, a painful secret she fears may forever alter her relationships with the family she loves.

Written in a slow, profound style, this novel builds with subtle suspense. Like the rest of the series, nearly every character is a true historical figure, and family and church records provide the framework for Marie and her family’s lives. The author’s notes divide fact from fiction, and discussion questions and a suggested reading list about the early Northwest end the book. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

In a land occupied by foreign powers and torn by confusion and conflict, a mother seeks to weave her family and her past into a fabric that will not tear.

Their Lives Were Woven by Wars and Wilderness Places, and Tied by the Peace of Family and Faith.

As the 1840s bring conflict to the Pacific Northwest’s rugged Columbia Country, new challenges face Marie Dorion Venier Toupin: the wife, mother, and Ioway Indian woman who crossed the Rocky Mountains with the Astor Expedition, the first big fur trapping expedition after Lewis and Clark’s. On French Prairie in the newly forming Oregon Territory, Marie strives to meet the needs of her conflict-ridden neighbors: British settlers and Americans, missionaries and disease-stricken natives, fur trappers and French Canadian farming families, and the surviving natives of the region.

At the same time, as a mother, Marie must weave together the threads of an unraveling family. One daughter compares and judges as she seeks to find her place; another reaches for elusive evidence of her mother’s love. Marie’s memories are threatened with the emergence of a figure from the past. In the midst of this turmoil, Marie discovers an empowering spiritual truth: Unconditional love can shed light on even the darkest places in the heart.