Hold Tight the Thread by Jane Kirkpatrick

Publishers: Waterbrook Press

Reviewer: Fran

This third instalment in the Tender Ties Historical Series continues to relate the story of the life of Marie Ioway Dorion Venier Toupin and her family in the Canadian frontier. Marie continues to struggle with her own demons and as she ages she slowly comes to terms with past decisions she has made. She manages to rebuild her relationship with her son Baptiste and comes to rejoice in their newfound respect for each other.

Her husband Jean Toupin adores and supports her as much as she will allow, and through this support of her husband and her adult children Marie learns to forgive herself. Much of this instalment in the series is taken up with Maries’ search for peace within herself and eventually she does come to forgive herself for choices she had made.

Marie survives through many, many heartrending losses and though she reels from various tragedies she still manages to dredge up the strength and fortitude to support others around her. Right up till the date of her death Marie, together with Jean, was still raising orphan children.

Based on an actual pioneer woman who lived in the 1800’s this amazing tale of strength, stamina and resourcefulness is a true inspiration. The generosity of time and love that Madame Marie Dorion shared with those in her life shines throughout this wonderful series.

That this story is based upon one of the few pioneering women of her time is incredible. Times were remarkably hard and simple tasks like feeding your children was near on impossible at times. People died far too easily for a myriad of reasons and throughout out all this Marie managed to maintain her support for others.

This was one of those tales that leave you feeling satisfied at the end. There were a couple of things that I would have liked to have had a clearer resolution for, but this did not detract from the overall feeling of closure. I found this series to be emotionally evocative and richly descriptive. I thoroughly enjoyed this whole series, but I think that I enjoyed this one the most.

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