October 4, 2014

The Story Keeper


The Story Keeper is one of my favorite books of 2014! I was invested from page one, and fell in love with the characters, time periods, and storyline. Wow. What a fabulous read. Absolutely spectacular!

Jennia Beth Gibbs, an editor at Vida House Publishing, finds a mysterious manila envelope on her desk. It likely came from the legendary slush pile mountain anyone other than George Vida is forbidden to touch. She should put it back—it could be a trap—but what harm would it do to just take a peek inside? What she finds are three chapters of a twenty-year-old submission.

She must have more. On a hunch, in search of the author, she leaves for Appalachia—a place she planned to keep in her past…

This book is two stories in one—contemporary and historical. They’re both intriguing and memorable.

In the contemporary part of this book, Jennia (Jen) is a likeable character with believable emotions and concerns. Her growth is evident throughout the story, and the trials she overcomes are significant.

In the historical part of this book, Sarra and Rand deal with many unique trials of their own. I was completely enthralled with Sarra. Her Appalachian vernacular is strong, yet it never took me out of the story – it actually sucked me in further. The imagery was intense and spectacular. I saw the winter clouds coming in, I heard the voices, I felt the urgency, fear, and frustration. I loved their story, and feared for their safety. I enjoyed getting to know them, and wish I could follow their story even further. (Sequel??)

Lisa Wingate is an exceptional writer. The Story Keeper is a keeper. 

Five Stars. Highly recommended. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want it to end.

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages: 449
Pace: Steady/fast
First Lines: This is the glory hour. This is the place the magic happens. The thought fell quietly into place, like a photographer’s backdrop unfurling behind the subject of a portrait.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from Tyndale House. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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