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.
I loved The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate. An incredible author already, Ms. Wingate, again touches the heart and soul of the reader with this intriguing tale of mystery and family dynamics.
In The Story Keeper, Jen Gibbs, a young editor at Vida House Publishing, receives a 20 year old story under mysterious circumstances. As much as she doesnt want to participate in reading the manuscript, the story draws her into the world of a young man named Rand and a Melungeon girl named Sarra. What at first seems like the forbidden fruit eventually becomes a mission to find the writer and obtain the rest of the story.
Jen takes professional risks by pursuing the manuscripts author. On a hunch, she travels to the authors home which also happens to be near Jens hometown. Jen had thought she left the town and her family behind along with all of the brokenness it represented, but this quest will take her back to that very place.
Evan Hall was a young successful writer when his books swept the nation. Now, his home is a fortress to keep the crazies out. But his young niece befriends Jen quickly and hes helpless to stop it. He finds himself being drawn out from the self-imposing prison and discovering a part of his past that he thought was long gone.
The Story Keeper is a journey into the past where a people forgotten by time and horribly persecuted, created history with their lives. It is also a journey into rediscovering past hopes and healing family sorrows. Without a doubt, The Story Keeper will have the reader enveloped into its amazing account.
I received this book from the Book Club Network and Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion which Ive provided here.