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When successful New York editor Jen Gibbs discovers a decaying slush-pile manuscript on her desk, she has no idea that the story of Sarra, a young mixed-race woman trapped in Appalachia at the turn of the twentieth century, will both take her on a journey and change her forever. Happy with her life in the city, and at the top of her career with a new job at Vida House Publishing, Jen has left her Appalachian past and twisted family ties far behind. But the search for the rest of the manuscript, and Jen's suspicions about the identity of its unnamed author, will draw her into a mystery that leads back to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains . . . and quite possibly through the doors she thought she had closed forever.

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Vendor: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781496400413
ISBN-13: 9781496400413
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  1. griperang
    Saint Cloud, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read
    September 20, 2014
    griperang
    Saint Cloud, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Story Keeper.
    I am so glad that I got picked as one of the sisters in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book by Lisa. This book was every bit as good as the first book that I read by her (The Prayer Box). The fact that there was a story within a story in this book is an added bonus in my opinion. Jen is such a strong character in this book, she new she needed to leave home at a young age to get away from her past but with the drop of manuscript on her desk she finds the past is not as far away as it seemed. I enjoyed meeting some other characters along the way like sweet Hannanh - I found myself feeling sorry for her and Evan - who is not who he seems at the beginning. I did not care for Jen's dad or sister Mirah as they just did not seem nice to me but then again it is a whole different world where they live and how they choose to survive. There is a mystery in this book and some twists that kept me turning the pages long into the night. I must admit that I read a little over half of this book in one day and I don't do that often. I give this book 5 stars and would recommend it to everyone.
  2. Crochetaddicted
    Mpls, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Two stories intertwined
    September 20, 2014
    Crochetaddicted
    Mpls, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Story Keeper.
    Lisa wrote a great book that intertwine two stories one of the current time and one of the past. The way she writes her characters grabs me and pulls me in so I feel as if I know them.
  3. Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a story within a story
    September 20, 2014
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Story Keeper.
    Lisa Wingate's latest novel, "The Story Keeper," is a masterpiece that should not be missed out on! Jen is a successful editor and she is thrilled to be beginning this new job; however she is unsure of what to do when an unfinished manuscript from the slush pile lands on her desk. Jen cannot stay away from the manuscript and as she begins to read she is transported back to her childhood home and life. As Jen tries to uncover the mystery and story that is being shared with her, she faces her own past as well.

    This book is so rich is detail throughout the entire book that the Blue Ridge Mountains came alive to me and the various struggles that the characters face. However many of this issues are not different from ones that so many people deal with in the county that I live in; this made the book even more real to me and a gentle reminder of the everyday needs and struggles that so many face.

    Lisa has a true talent for storytelling as this is a book that completely drew me into the story and in the characters' lives and it is a story that will forever stick with me. I was thrilled to have been a part of the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Book" and I was able to read this book in June. I was the second sister in my group and therefore I was able to read the comments that my "big sister" had written throughout the book which added another layer to the book. I am getting ready to reread my own copy of this book which I am sure I will be blessed once again.
  4. jeris real reviews
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lisa Wingate gives us a profound look into the history and lives of the Appalacian people!
    September 2, 2014
    jeris real reviews
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Story Keeper.
    Jen Gibbs is a successful editor at Vida House publishing in New York. She has just taken this job and is looking forward to continued success. A manuscript mysteriously appears on her desk that she tries not to read, but cannot keep herself from looking at it. It is twenty years old and she is certain that it comes from the slush mountain, a huge pile of unsolicited manuscripts that are destined never to be published. As she begins to read, she becomes aware that it is from the Appalachian Mountains that she was raised in and called home until she went to college. As she is drawn into the story, only eight chapters are in the manila envelope with no authors name, she feels compelled to find the author and read the rest of the book and possibly get it published. She makes a convincing plea to her boss, the intrepid George Vida. Off she goes to the mountains, perilously close to her hometown where her family still lives. She is in pursuit of just a few minutes of time with the man whom she believes to be the author of the novel. The ensuing happenings that take place during her stay are the meat of the story. The Story Keeper is filled with the connection between her past and the history of the characters in the manuscript. Jen is pulled into the story of Sarra, a mixed-race Melungeon girl and Rand Champlain, the preacher who takes her safety to heart, which is also the heart of the story. It was difficult for me to get into this book at the start. It is an interweaving of the old manuscript and Jens modern day story. The Blue Ridge dialect was difficult for me to read and understand. I felt myself losing interest since I was not getting the full meaning from the parts with the dialect in them. The hook came for me several chapters in when the story became personal for Jen. As I read on, the dialect became easier and the writing more compelling so that, by the end of the book I was thoroughly involved and ended the story with a lump in my throat. An excellent story, well told was my reward for staying with it. Lisa Wingate has also given us a profound glimpse into the lives of the Appalachian people. I give The Story Keeper four stars!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher Tyndale, in exchange for my honest review. These words are my opinion.
  5. Kate
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A story that will capture you into it.
    September 1, 2014
    Kate
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Story Keeper.
    I just discovered Lisa Wingate's books earlier this year. My goodness, what a talented author she is. In The Story Keeper, Lisa is able to weave a story that pulls at you and brings you into the story to not only follow along, but to join in and wonder what the characters are going to do and how things will play out.

    The Story Keeper was such a unique story. Like the previous book I read, The Story Keeper takes the contemporary and mixes it with the past. The pacing of the story was perfect and it flowed effortlessly from past to present and it tied the two periods together beautifully.

    Jen Gibbs is a girl who knows what she wants and she fights for it. It's what her new boss likes about her. She is willing to take risks that need to be taken to land the prized book deals. Jen has done so much to move ahead in her life, while pushing the past as far back as she can. It is not a time she wants to go back to. However, her ideas are set aside when a old manuscript calls to her. It grabs a hold of her and doesn't let her go. And sadly, the manuscript only contains the first three chapters, and she is desperate to know how the story will end. And to find it out, she is sent within a few miles of her old home and a place that holds a lot of unhappy memories and is forced to face her past head on while dealing with issues of the present.

    The setting of this book is so unique. We follow Jen in the present and then switch outlooks when she dives into the pages of The Story Keeper with Sarra and Rand...but as she dives further in, she winds up in a sci-fi convention of sorts that is going on in the small town, that is based on a series of books (which by the way sound like they would be fantastic to read). The way that each of these aspects are woven together makes the story flow and offer a fun setting.

    There is so much to this story and many characters dealing with real life issues that anyone can relate to in some way. Whether it is personally or through a friend. It is also a story of how your past can shape who you become. Whether you stick closely to what you have been taught, or you desire to flee as far from it as possible. Your past is always going to be there, it's what you make of it is how it will define you.

    Thank you to the Tyndale Blog Network, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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