The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate – Review and Give Away

About this Book

Successful New York editor, Jen Gibbs, is at the top of her game with her new position at Vida House Publishing — until a mysterious manuscript from an old slush pile appears on her desk. Turning the pages, Jen finds herself drawn into the life of Sarra, a mixed-race Melungeon girl trapped by dangerous men in the turn of the century Appalachia. A risky hunch may lead to The Story Keeper’s hidden origins and its unknown author, but when the trail turns toward the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a place Jen thought she’d left behind forever, the price of a blockbuster next book deal may be higher than she’s willing to pay.


 

About the Author

Selected among BOOKLIST’S Top 10 of 2012 and Top 10 of 2013, Lisa Wingate skillfully weaves lyrical writing and unforgettable Southern settings with elements of women’s fiction, history, and mystery to create stories that Publisher’s Weekly calls “Masterful” and ForeWord Magazine refers to as “Filled with lyrical prose, hope, and healing.” Lisa is a journalist, an inspirational speaker, a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, and the author of over over twenty novels and countless magazine pieces.

Her books have held positions on many bestseller lists, both in the U.S. and internationally. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, a Christianity Today Book Award nominee, an Inspy Award nominee, a two-time Carol Award winner, a LORIES Best Fiction Award winner, and a Utah Library Award winner. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.
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My Review

I love the direction that this author has taken her writing! I didn’t think she could get much better than Wildwood Creek but this story is even better. The blending of contemporary with history was engaging and drew me from the opening pages.

I enjoyed, and in some ways related to, the main character Jenn Gibbs. She had made her way out of a society where women were expected to marry young and have as many babies as possible. As she is drawn into a mysterious manuscript she finds herself facing her pass as well.

The story itself was excellent! I especially enjoyed learning about the Melungeon people and their struggles. The way the historical story was delivered added an extra level of intrigue. Jenn’s story touched me in many ways. There were too many things in this story that were so good that I can’t share them all.

There seems to be more and more stories that parallel contemporary with a historical aspect, and Lisa Wingate is one of the best. She educates as she entertains.

Disclaimer: The publisher, provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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