Don't read this book unless you love a story that resonates long after you're finished. Unless you love a book to keep calling to you when you aren't reading. Unless you love characters who are broken but fighting for their place. Unless you love a setting so rich you could see every word. Unless you love a story that resonates.
Lisa Wingate is a masterful author and this book is probably my favorite yet. Jen is an editor trying to make it in NYC when a manuscript shows up on her desk. She is entranced by the words and story and must acquire it. The only problem is she has no idea who the author is and going after the book could cost her career. Even more it forces her to return home and confront how broken her family is. This is a rich story within a story, one that flows seemlessly back and forth. It is perfect for readers who love a contemporary with a mystery and almost hidden romance. This is a rich story of family and coming home.
Wow, what a fantastic book. Both stories are captivating and kept my interest. Very well written and I really liked the Appalachian setting. Writer kept the reader in suspense as to the endings of both stories. Really enjoyed the book(s.)
Didn't Fully Engage Me in the Beginning, But Picked Up Significantly
November 2, 2014
I had to really think about my thoughts concerning this novel before actually writing my review. I have read quite a few of Lisas books and loved her Moses Lake series, but this one was a hard one for me to get into at first.
I loved Sarra and Rands story from the very beginning, but Jens was significantly harder for me to get into. It didnt seem until over halfway through the book that was I actually liking her story and wanting to read it.
The little bit of romance in this story was perfect however! I also liked the concept of Slush Mountain and thought it fascinating.
The other thing I found very fascinating about The Story Keeper was the history of the Melungeons. Having lived in NC almost all my life I was very intrigued by who they supposedly were.
Overall, this was not my favorite story by Lisa, but I did begin to become very engaged in the story by the end. There was a good message concerning family and some great historical information.
I give this novel 3.5/4 stars out of 5 stars.
*(I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*
A captivating story within a story. Highly recommended!
October 27, 2014
This is, by far, the best Lisa Wingate book I've ever read. I was totally captivated from beginning to end. The Story Keeper is a story within a story. The dialogue, the plot, and the characters drew me in and wouldn't let me go.
Jennia Beth's struggle to accept her past and move on is something I could easily relate to. I think, on some level, everyone can relate to it. Throughout the book, we see Jen's character face what seemed insurmountable, only to have her grow in her faith when things finally fell into place. I wish there was more of Evan in the book. Through Jen's eyes, we could see the struggle Evan faced, as well, but I wanted to know more of the mysterious man!
The most compelling part of the story, aside from Rand and Sarra's life, was the message. "What can't be understood and neatly sewn up must simply be let go, no in the way of giving up, but in the way of understanding who is really in control of it." Such a deep and profound truth is often hard for people to accept. We like things neatly bundled and packaged and often become agitated and fragile when something doesn't fit the mold we try to put it in. Learning to "let go, and let God," as I've often heard growing up, is one of the best, most freeing, lessons I've learned!
Overall, I absolutely loved this story within a story. It was magical, mysterious, and powerful. I highly recommend it!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review.*