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Lisa WingateTyndale House / 2014 / ePubOur Price$9.995 out of 5 stars for The Story Keeper - eBook. View reviews of this product. 55 Reviews
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MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An amazing historical story told inside a modern oneJanuary 31, 2015MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"The Story Keeper" is a wonderful novel written by Lisa Wingate. It is really almost two stories for the price of one. It deals with a modern young woman who has escaped a childhood of poverty and oppression. She has attempted to separate her adult self from her past, but her past keeps finding her. Her siblings keep writing to her and begging her for money, therefore, she can never quite get ahead financially, or totally get away from her heritage. Living in New York makes hiding her past from her co-workers and friends easy.
When she mysteriously gets a new story that she decides to search out more information on, she ends taking a trip to the backwoods of South Carolina, to her home town. She has many struggles as she reads, and gets lost in the new story, as well as struggles to deal with the memories from her past. She learns that she must face her past in order to grow stronger. This journey she takes can make or break her job, as well as her family bonds. As she faces her father and sisters she has to decide if she can forgive and move forward, trusting God has a plan, or she can run...
I think "The Story Keeper" is a wonderful story. It is clean and easy reading. It was a hard book to put down! I was often sad when our main character had to quit reading the story she was working on and get back to her "real" life. I got excited each time we went back to it! I give this book five stars!
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
PatsdreamHuntsville, ALAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Cross Between Historical & Now. A Story Within a StoryJanuary 27, 2015PatsdreamHuntsville, ALAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Story Keeper touched my heart in so many ways. It brought back memories of the stories my grandmother told when she was growing up. Some of the words are ones I heard from the generation that came after the Civil War. Lisa Wingate shows depth of characters and storylines. Whether you are a fan of historical of just a truly good story of the present you will love this book. You have two stories in one.
As Jen Gibbs changes jobs she is informed that the "slush pile" is NOT to be TOUCHED by ANYONE! Her first week there she finds a file on her desk when she goes to work. She recognizes it immediately from the "slush pile" because of the dust and the manuscript is typed, not a computer generated book. Only problem is that the manuscript is not complete. She can't get the book out of her mind. She finally goes to her supervisor. Then she has to tell the "big boss" that she found the folder on her desk with the book. He sends her to the Blue Ridge Mountains to find the author so they can publish the book. Only they want the rest of the book. Sorry, can't give you more without revealing too much of the story of Sarra (from The Story Keeper) and from Jen.
This book is one of those that will touch your heart and you won't want to put it down so that you can find out the rest of the story. I recently read my first novel by Lisa Wingate and I'm hooked on her books now.
I received this book through www.bookfun.org and the publisher to read this book and to leave an honest review. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to read a book that will touch your heart and your emotions. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I read the book in two days.
tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5a story that will draw you in and keep you reading....January 25, 2015tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Seldom does a story get into my pores, down to my very soul, one that will stay with me for a very long time, but The Story Keeper does just that for me. Jen just out of high school has a mentor that helps support her through college and on to graduate school to make a better life for herself. She comes from a very poor backwoods family that treats women and children as second class citizens. She vows to get out and never look back. She gets a great job in New York. Moves on with her life and occasionally gets letters from home asking for money, which she sends when she can. She gets a new job as a book editor for a publishing company. A twenty year old manuscript lands mysteriously on her desk. She becomes fascinated with the story and soon finds herself back home in North Carolina trying to find out who the author is and where the rest of the story may be. Actually it's like getting two books in one. You have Jen's story and her search for the mystery surrounding the manuscript and you have chapters of the manuscript itself that is interspersed throughout the book.
I'm always interested in how a book gets its title and this is revealed after 80% of the book has been read. It contains mystery, relationships, family dynamics and descriptions so vivid that you almost feel like you are there. I have traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway and have seen how the well off and the poor can almost be within a short distance of each other. I loved the ending and it even leaves a little bit of the story hanging in a good way where you can use your imagination and fill in your own blanks. I highly recommend this book. I will be looking for more books by Lisa Wingate in the future.
I received this book from the publisher through Bookfun.org for my honest review, which I have given.
JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Get this book!January 22, 2015JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Get this book, and then make sure you have all day to read it. I could not put The Story Keeper down. I even considered not doing my hair for church so I could read more. Lisa Wingate draws you into two stories at the same time, which is incredible! I was a little intimidated when I read some of the other reviews. I either love a book or hate it, and this one I loved with out a doubt! Wingate takes you to another place and time. She opened my eyes to some things that I couldnt imagine happening, but know that they do.
Jen Gibbs finally lands her dream job at Vida House Publishing. She feels like she is on cloud 9 every time she goes to work. When an aged manuscript appears on her desk she doesnt know what to do, but her curiosity gets the best of her. Now that shes read it, she yearns for more. Where are the other chapters? Who is they mystery writer? Jen has a hunch, but what if shes wrong? Is it worth the possibly losing her job over?
Join Jen on this amazing life altering journey. She must face some of her past, and learn to trust in the One True God. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Fiction. I have never read a book quite like this, and would love to see more. Wingate did an amazing job, and I will be looking for more of her books in the future. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and TBCN in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
T Cramer5 Stars Out Of 5Such a wonderful story!January 11, 2015T CramerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Such an intriguing story and so wonderfully told by Lisa Wingate. I was mesmerized by the setting, the story, and the characters. The characters in the contemporary setting are Jen Gibbs and Evan Hall. Jen has just landed her dream job working for Vida Publishing in New York City. Evan is a successful author. Both Jen and Evan are from Appalachian mountain communities in North Carolina. Jen is captivated by a manuscript that mysteriously shows up on her desk during her first week of work at Vida Publishing. Within the manuscript is the fascinating story of Rand and Sarra near the turn of the 20th century in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rand is spending time away from Charleston studying in the Appalachians and Sarra is an intriguing young girl of mixed ethnicity. She is the victim of an abusive father but has a rich history of being loved and taught by her grandparents at a younger age. She keeps this heritage in her heart through unpleasant and trying times.
Both story lines are captivating and the entire book is such a beautiful pleasure to read. Im just amazed at the excellence of the storytelling and had difficulty putting the book down. Im certain this book will remain a lifetime favorite for me.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
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