The Story Keeper is one of my two favorite books of 2014! I was invested from page one, and fell in love with the characters, time periods, and storyline. Wow. What a fabulous read. Absolutely spectacular!
Jennia Beth Gibbs, an editor at Vida House Publishing, finds a mysterious manila envelope on her desk. It likely came from the legendary slush pile mountain everyone other than George Vida is forbidden to touch. She should put it backit could be a trapbut what harm would it do to just take a peek inside? What she finds are three chapters of a twenty-year-old submission.
She must have more. On a hunch, in search of the author, she leaves for Appalachiaa place she planned to keep in her past
This book is two stories in onecontemporary and historical. Theyre both intriguing and memorable.
In the contemporary part of this book, Jennia (Jen) is a likeable character with believable emotions and concerns. Her growth is evident throughout the story, and the trials she overcomes are significant.
In the historical part of this book, Sarra and Rand deal with many unique trials of their own. I was completely enthralled with Sarra. Her Appalachian vernacular is strong, yet it never took me out of the story it actually sucked me in further. The imagery was intense and spectacular. I saw the winter clouds coming in, I heard the voices, I felt the urgency, fear, and frustration. I loved their story, and feared for their safety. I enjoyed getting to know them, and wish I could follow their story even further. (Sequel??)
The Story Keeper is a keeper. Highly recommended. I couldnt put it down. I didnt want it to end.
Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
First Lines: This is the glory hour. This is the place the magic happens. The thought fell quietly into place, like a photographers backdrop unfurling behind the subject of a portrait.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from Tyndale House.
The Story Keeper is another awesome book by Lisa Wingate. I have enjoyed every book I have read so far and this one did not disappoint. It is basically two stories in one. One from the past and one in the present. Lisa is able to portray families in their true form. Jenn is a mountain girl who goes to New York to become an editor. She goes after THE STORY and ends up back home. She is there to research a paper about the Appalachian Mountains and it's people. The author portrays family's and their uniqueness. The problems present in all families along with true family dynamics were illustrated.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
I so enjoyed both stories in this book. A New York book editor is handed a story that she needs to find the author of. She has many troubles but ends up back in the Appalachian mountains. She grew up here but was happy to leave. This time trying to find the author of the story helps her to get over her troubles that she had whoile growing up. I received this book from book fun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
Lisa Wingate in her new book, The Story KeeperBook Two in the Carolina Heirlooms series published by Tyndale brings us into the life of Jen Gibbs.
From the back cover: 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 Keepers hidden origins and its unknown author, but when the trail turns toward the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a place Jen thought shed left behind forever, the price of a blockbuster next book deal may be higher than shes willing to pay.
First we begin with Jen a New York Editor. Then we hit upon a manuscript that tells the story of Sarra. Now we have two stories going simultaneously. Both of them require Jen to travel back to her home town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This book is all about family: Jen trying to get away from hers and Sarra trying to have one. Jen and Sarra are amazing characters that will burrow their way into your heart and stay with you. Ms. Wingate has written a story that will make you think. I am so glad I found this highly talented author and am looking forward to her next book.
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This story takes Jane, the heroine, on a trek to find a reclusive author whom she thinks will save her job by getting the publishing rights and rest of the story which has fallen in her hands. This journey forces her to face her past in Appalachia, the person she's become, and finding the person she wants to be. Somewhere along the way, she finds peace, becomes a mother figure to a sister and a young girl, and finds the possibility of love for her future.
Unearthing secrets of Jane's past,and the past of others, and the trail of a story are interwoven in a beautifully told story by Lisa Wingate. This story touched my heart is so many ways.