The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate was an amazing, wonderful read. This one is going into my top ten for the year. There is so much to savor with this tale. The characters I connected with, the mystery compelled me to continue reading, and the historical information was all new to me and inspired me to also do some of my own research. This story was like a puzzle, there were a lot of pieces but as they were put together it made for a beautiful picture. We have Jen Gibbs who lives in New York and has just started her dream job as an editor at Vida House Publishing. Within her first couple of weeks she finds a mysterious manuscript on her desk. Not knowing who gave her the story that looks like it has been taken from the forbidden slush pile, she decides to go ahead and start reading it. Not only is Jen sucked into the story and its powerful characters, but we as readers are also reading that same story and being pulled in. So along with Jen, we journey to discover who wrote this and to determine if this could be the next big seller. Along the way, Jen has to start from where she grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains and face her own past that she has been trying to forget. I have not yet read another author who can so masterfully link up the past and the present in a profound and thoughtful way. I received a copy for review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate is a very intriguing story woven within an enchanting story about a book editor for a prestigious New York publishing house. As a new employee, Jen Gibbs finds on her desk a mysterious manuscript from the companys slush pile. She has no idea how it has landed there nor who the author might be. As she begins to read the story, she becomes enthralled with it. The setting is so eerily close to her childhood originsthose she has escaped and left behind. For a time she keeps to herself the manuscript and her hypothetical ideas about the identity of the writer; eventually she shares these with her bosses, perhaps risking her position with them. However, George Vida himself becomes intrigued with the story and the mission of finding out the authors identity and sends Jen back to the Blue Ridge Mountains to investigate the story of a mixed-race Melungeon girl captured by dangerous men in Appalachia in the early twentieth century. Her quest is to find out who the author is and to recover missing chapters of the story. No one else knows how hard it is for Jen to return there and to face her family and the existing conditions there. Jens story, in itself, is a wonderfully entertaining tale, but add to that the captivating secondary story and the mystery shrouding it, and this is a work that compels the reader to learn the fate of both women. I highly recommend this book. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
I highly recommend the Story Keeper! Jen Gibbs is an young editor chasing 'THE story'. This was two stories in one. One of the past and one in the present. Jen Gibbs grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains and I enjoyed how she took me back to her home and what life she had before she escaped to New York City to become an editor for a publishing company. The descriptive scenery, life style and people were wonderful. I was wishing there was more when I turned the last page.
I was gifted a copy by the Book Club Network (bookfun.org) for my opinion.
Jen Gibbs has started a new job at a publishing house in New York City. When an old manuscript mysteriously lands on her desk, she is drawn to it in ways she can not understand. When this leads her back 'home' can she handle the stubborn Evan, whom she believes to be the author, and face the family she so desperately wants to escape. Will the mystery of this novel ever be solved?
Evan Hall has secluded himself as best as he can and wants nothing to do with the media or journalism again. When Jen worms her way into his life is she being honest or is she just another editor willing to do anything for a story. She seems to have a mind of her own and is not afraid to express it. What is she really after?
We are also taken back in time to meet Sarra and Rand. Their struggles and hardships take place in the same area Jen and Evan are from. Is this manuscript fiction or nonfiction? Who exactly is the author and will it ever have an ending?
I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys good clean contemporary and historical christian romance. I was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
Reading one of Lisa Wingate's novels is always memorable. She has a incomparable way of writing a story within a narrative in such a way that the reader does not get lost, but feels completely in the novel. The Story Keeper is another one of her novels, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think each book she writes is her very best! Her tags say Contemporary W omens Fiction, but I think they are so much more. It did not take me long to read it, as I was anxious to find out the mystery that was the driving force of the story. Lisa did definitely write what she knew, as the plot surrounds a manuscript.
From the first page where Jenn steps into a successful publishing house the reader is on a journey. I see the world she sees in such a poignant way that I feel it is me living this story, anxious to do a good enough job for the business, loving the interaction, the learning curve. Chasing that perfect manuscript.
The story flows, and sometimes I forgot that it was a story, and was on my way to the internet to do some research to help her. Some books invite you into them, Lisa's stories do not give you an option. You just do. I wait restlessly for news that her next novel is available.
Thank you to Cheri and Fred at The Book Club Network, the author Lisa Wingate and Tyndale Fiction for the opportunity to read this novel. I was given a free book in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.