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Hold Tight the Thread [Kindle Edition]

Jane Kirkpatrick
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Book Description


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.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The final installment in the Tender Ties Historical Series continues the true story of Marie Dorion Venier Toupin, the Ioway Indian who accompanied the Astor overland expedition in 1812. Set in the emerging Oregon territory of the 1840s, the novel weaves together the social, political, theological and personal strands of Toupin's life. Against the backdrop of a struggle among Indians and Europeans for control of the land and its resources and between Catholics and Methodists for the souls of its inhabitants, Marie Toupin spends her final decade trying to make sense of her newfound Catholic faith and her ever-growing family. Interestingly, after she had written the first two novels in this series, Kirkpatrick learned that Toupin had given up her firstborn before leaving with the Astor expedition. Kirkpatrick writes him into this novel as a forgotten son and has Toupin experience the repressed memory of him as she also struggles with a neurological disorder that culminates in full-blown dementia. Toupin is not the only character who must make amends for the seemingly unforgivable: her son Baptiste brings home a child he has had with another woman for his wife to raise, and Toupin's daughter Marianne refuses to care for her best friend as that friend dies. But when these and other characters commit such offenses, they are neither demonized nor tidily redeemed. In combining historical authenticity with an exceptional ability to render poetic the thoughts of her characters, Kirkpatrick achieves a novel that enchants as it educates.
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“Jane Kirkpatrick writes from a depth and richness of detailed research and from a genuine affection and respect for her characters. She gives us strong, admirable women with sensitive spirits, courage, and the capacity for unconditional love. Hold Tight the Thread is a thoughtful, skillfully prepared feast for those of us always hungry for more quality historical fiction. Like her other novels, this is a story that allows us to experience the struggles and adventures and faith of another time through characters we can learn to know–and love.”
--B.J. Hoff, author of The American Anthem series and An Emerald Ballad

“Hold Tight the Thread is such a satisfying ending to a wonderful trilogy on the life of such a memorable woman, Marie Dorion. I learned so much even as I felt a range of emotions —sad, happy, bittersweet, and triumphant. I love this book!”
--Linda Hall, author of Steal Away and Chat Room

Praise for Books 1 and 2 in The Tender Ties Historical Series:

“I highly recommend Every Fixed Star. Jane Kirkpatrick’s storytelling is deft and true; she breathes life into the long-ago Oregon country with warmth, emotion, and a deep understanding of the region’s people and past. With depth, creativity, and inspiration, Every Fixed Star provides a fresh view of this period in the Pacific Northwest’s history, showing the complicated dynamics between settlers, fur traders, missionaries, natives, and visionaries. Jane has vividly captured the history of the fur trade for intelligent women readers.”
–Laurie Winn Carlson, author of Seduced by the West and On Sidesaddles to Heaven: The Women of the Rocky Mountain Mission

“Jane Kirkpatrick has a rare gift, for her novels touch both the emotions and the intellect. She fills her stories with living history, each rich detail carefully...

Product Details

  • File Size: 865 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1578565014
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 14, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SE6410
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring December 9, 2005
Jane's books have always held my attention. I am not a great reader. I did not grow up reading. These books capture me in a world that is unfamiliar but yet so familiar. I read and carry the story around daily as if I was living in the history of it all. Most of the stories get right to my heart, however, this particular one has been a tear jerker as I have two sons of which Paul and Baptiste remind me of. One of which is not gone but lost to me emotionally. This book has helped me to understand my mistakes and let God heal me. I also learned I can only put my sons in HIS hands. I thank Jane for her insight, which is God driven and Blessed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold Tight the Thread July 16, 2004
By Gabby
WOW! What a terrific end to a great story. Jane Kirkpatrick is a master story teller. The way she weaves fact with fiction to end with an exciting and believable finish is pure magic. This book is great on so many levels. It is an inspirational story of a woman's struggle against all odds at a time and in a place that made life for a woman very difficult. It certainly is a well researched historical novel. Beyond that it is a love story - of a woman for her God, her family, her neighbors and a new land just beginning to be "civilized." If you can only read one book this summer - this is it. However, I would recommend starting with "A Name of Her Own" the first book in the Tender Ties series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold Tight the Thread April 8, 2006
By Jan
I found Marie Dorian to be a very strong woman, which was often found in that era. She needed to be strong, because of her children and the need to stand up to her husband for the sake of her children. For her to take on that trip, in order not to be left behind, and for her children to be near their father was quite extrordinary. The discription of the land and historical events that took place during all three novels was like taking the trip right along with her. I live near where she ended up settling and have visited the area, so I feel a kinship with her. Janes ability to make you feel like you are part of the book is a real talent. I felt like I was a bystander watching the trip enfold. I have read all her books and this series is my all time favorite. But I love them all and look forward to all of them as she writes more! This is an author to keep track of and get on the list for all future releases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Land of sheltered promise June 10, 2005
I was very pleased to read the latest Jane Kirkpatrick book. She always turns a location or historical event into flesh and blood stories. This was no exception. She has tied 3 different stories on the same piece of land near Shaniko/Dallas Oregon. Her books are always filled with hope and promise and good Christian values.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quilt of Many Colors June 21, 2010
Jane Kirkpatrick's writing brims with tenderness, compassion, and the iron will of those who helped establish the Pacific Northwest. Her Tender Ties Series are moving, historical novels, following the story of true-life Marie Dorion, a Native American lady who earned high praise from men, women, whites, natives, and those of various faiths. Despite the tragedies in her life--maybe even because of them--Marie became a woman of the highest honor.

In "Hold Tight the Thread," Kirkpatrick takes us deep into the heart and mind of this fascinating, sometimes cryptic character. Marie is getting older, forgetting things, wondering about her long-lost son, as well as the well-being of her children and grandchildren. The story moves between her and her daughters, giving us insight into the wisdom passed down through the generations. It's a slow tale, meandering, stopping to enjoy the memories. For those who have followed Marie's story thus far, it's hard not to be touched on a number of levels.

Kirkpatrick's research, as always, is meticulous. And her writing, as the title suggests, is full of threads, nuance, and metaphor. This is indeed a quilt of many colors, and a fine conclusion to the Tender Ties Series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for history with profound insight August 3, 2008
Jane Kirkpatrick's compassionate insight brings history to life. I always feel as if I am part of the lives of her characters, and feel a sadness when the story ends, as if I am saying goodbye to friends. This trilogy based on the life of Marie Deroin is no exception. Although highly honored for her part in history, she was undoubtedly human as we all are, and her commitment to family is close to my own heart as a woman, daughter, wife, mother, and friend.
I now have my sisters "hooked" on Jane's novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great One April 28, 2005
I have read all of your books and given away many, many of them. This book is great because it is about some history that I know about and much that happened before and some after the part that I know. I'm so glad that you have graced us with another of your "don't start one sentence of the next chapter or you will be hooked" books! Thank you for your very creative and expressive way of telling a story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weaver of stories October 17, 2004
Jane Kirkpatrick has been one of my favorite authors for over 12 years. She has the gift of being able to weave a story in way that brings each moment, each place, each person to life. Read this series and you can almost touch, taste and hear the life around Maria Dorian. If you are fan of historical fiction, you are in for a real treat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Wyomingtwo
5.0 out of 5 stars my heroine
I adore all of these books. Jane Kirkpatrick is the best. I love regressing back into Oregon history and lore.
Published 2 months ago by Gayle Ridderbusch
5.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts on this book
I recommend this book to all people that enjoy history. However, I would start with the first one, which I did not. However this is well worth your money spent. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kathleen Doben
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Kirkpatrick is my favorite
Very moving series (True story) of the life and journey of native american in the 1800s. I have read all this authors books
Published 10 months ago by sue
2.0 out of 5 stars punctuation was awful
The first half of the book was fine. Then, apostrophes dropped and periods were missing. It was as if the scanner lost its place. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mischele
4.0 out of 5 stars #3
Bought this to finish out the series. My favorite genre is historical fiction so this series was enjoyable for me; as most of J. Kirkpatrick's always are.
Published 16 months ago by Apple Road
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Book.
This is a great book in a series of three and I would recommend it to every one. Great Book.
Published 20 months ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Madame Dorion/Walks Far Woman
This is another book in the series of 3 on the history of Madame Dorion or Walks Far Woman. She is an amazing woman. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Brave Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Such a great series I have enjoyed Sharing the journey and learning to history and what it must have Been like to have lived during these times.
Published on December 27, 2012 by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful history lession woven into an excellent story.
Jane Kirkpatrick has once again proven her fabulous talent for taking historial facts and weaving them into a story you don't want to end. Fabulous! Keep writing, Jane. Read more
Published on March 26, 2009 by K. Rackleff
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If you'd like more information about me, please come visit my website at and click on my blog. My dog also has a blog and you can find out what it's like to be Bodacious Bo, too. A monthly newsletter called Story Sparks is my way of sharing books about authors I enjoy as well as commenting on life and love. You'll find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know!

One item not listed on my lists of books is my selection included in an anthology called "Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West" published by Houghton Mifflin I also have a piece in Storytellers II, a book published a few years ago by Multnomah Press and a few short selections in Daily Guideposts of a few years back. My first novella, "The Courting Quilt" is part of a collection that made the New York Times bestsellers September 2011 in a collection called Log Cabin Christmas. The rest of my writing, as they say, is history. Or it was until my first contemporary came out this fall. Called Barcelona Calling, it's the story of a writer who loses her way as she seeks fulfillment thinking she'll find it with fame. It's a laugh out loud book according to reviewers. I hope you'll enjoy it.

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