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.
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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.
Sometimes a story woos you, dropping a few teasing hints at just the right moments to ensure it captures your heart before wrapping you in a whirlwind or emotion and hope. Novels like these tend to hold on to you long after youve placed them back on the shelf.
The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate is one such novel. But its also so much more. It squirrels away secrets you desperately want to learn, and as the story unfolds, you find that each piece of the treasure you were searching for might come in different vessels than you originally imagined, which might be the best discovery of all.
When a partial manuscript lands mysteriously on Jen Gibbss desk, she faces a tough decision: read it and risk her new bosss wrath or sneak it back onto the legendary Slush Mountain. Either choice could get her fired, but the pull of the story might just be a journey worth the possible loss of employment if she can handle the murky shadows of her past. That could prove even more daunting than fessing up to her boss.
The line that stood out the most to me came early on.
Its strange how one person and a handful of stories can alter a life.
Its true of The Story Keeper, but it resonated deeper with me because of another Storyteller.
Jesus Christ told a handful of stories called parables. Each one shared a piece of His heart and a large dose of the Truth. They arent always easily understood, but they impact the lives of those who try to discern the hidden meanings. With these incredible stories, Jesus paved the way for His sacrifice to settle into our hearts. With these stories, He illuminated the way to cross the bridge and be reunited with the Author of our lives. Isnt it amazing how one Man and a handful of stories could provide such a beautiful gift as eternal life with God the Father?