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"A gift for crafting a story. Lisa Wingate never disappoints." - USA TODAY

"Not since To Kill a Mockingbird has a story impacted me like this." -- COLLEEN COBLE, USA Today bestselling author

Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller. Her story will captivate. -- Booklist 

Wingate's latest tale is beautifully crafted and has so many layers to appeal to readers. -- RT Bookreviews Magazine. TOP PICK

"For anyone who enjoys master storytellers such as Adriana Trigiani and Karen White. " - JULIE CANTRELL, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 

"A gift for crafting a story. Lisa Wingate never disappoints." - USA TODAY

"Not since To Kill a Mockingbird has a story impacted me like this." -- COLLEEN COBLE, USA Today bestselling author

Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller. Her story will captivate. -- Booklist 

Wingate's latest tale is beautifully crafted and has so many layers to appeal to readers. -- RT Bookreviews Magazine. TOP PICK

"For anyone who enjoys master storytellers such as Adriana Trigiani and Karen White. " - JULIE CANTRELL, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 

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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 Keeper's hidden origins and its unknown author, but when the trail turns toward the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a place Jen thought she'd left behind forever, the price of a blockbuster next book deal may be higher than she's willing to pay. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414386893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414386898
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Selected among BOOKLIST'S Top 10 of 2012 and Top 10 of 2013, Lisa Wingate skillfully weaves lyrical writing and unforgettable Southern settings with elements of women's fiction, history, and mystery to create stories that Publisher's Weekly calls "Masterful" and Library Journal refers to as "A good option for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Mary Alice Monroe."

Debbie Macomber says, "I am in awe of Lisa Wingate's talent. The Prayer Box is a masterpiece of storytelling and skill."

THE OFFICIAL BIO: Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and the author of over twenty mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novels are known for taking on gritty subjects while offering redemptive and uplifting themes. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. More information about Lisa's novels can be found at www.Lisawingate.com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LisaWingateAuthorPage?fref=ts


IN THE WRITER'S OWN WORDS: A special first grade teacher, Mrs. Krackhardt, made a writer out of me. That may sound unlikely, but it's true. It's possible to find a calling when you're still in pigtails and Mary Jane shoes, and to know it's your calling. I was halfway through the first grade when I landed in Mrs. Krackhardt's classroom. I was fairly convinced there wasn't anything all that special about me... and then, Mrs. Krackhardt stood over my desk and read a story I was writing. She said things like, "This is a great story! I wonder what happens next?"

It isn't every day a shy new kid gets that kind of attention. I rushed to finish the story, and when I wrote the last word, the teacher took the pages, straightened them on the desk, looked at me over the top, and said, "You are a wonderful writer!"

A dream was born. Over the years, other dreams bloomed and died tragic, untimely deaths. I planned to become an Olympic gymnast or win the National Finals Rodeo, but there was this matter of back flips on the balance beam and these parents who stubbornly refused to buy me a pony. Yet the writer dream remained. I always believed I could do it because... well... my first grade teacher told me so, and first grade teachers don't lie.

So, that is my story, and if you are a teacher, or know a teacher, or ever loved a special teacher, I salute you from afar and wish you days be filled with stories worth telling and stories worth reading.

Customer Reviews

The Story Keeper is a story within a story.
Shannah
This book will keep you turning the pages until the end and leave you wishing for more.
Laura
I was mesmerized by the setting, the story, and the characters.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M.Fields on August 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
I have to be very honest with you all, I have never read a book by Lisa that I did not LOVE.

The Story Teller was fantastic.

This was by far her best work to date, I could not put the book down! I was so sad to read the last page.

I highly recommend this book. The characters will not soon be forgotten. I very touching story.

I gave this book 5 stars two times!

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kitty VINE VOICE on August 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
Jen Gibbs, an editor at a publishing house in New York City, goes on the hunt for the elusive author of a story that mysteriously appears on her desk. The hunt takes her to within a few miles of her hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There she finds the author, Evan and meets up with the past she has been avoiding ever since she left home. The manuscript is the story of Rand and Sarra who traveled in these same mountains in the 1800s. Both stories, similar in theme, keep the reader enthralled enough to not want to put this book down until the last delicious paragraph is finished and then there is still the desire for more.

This is by far the best book I've read of Lisa Wingate's. She keeps getting better and better. This story seems like her masterpiece so if the next one is even better -- WOW! I loved both story lines in this book and the characters are rich in the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I feel like I know a little more about this part of our country now and some of the issues the people there are dealing with (poverty, isolation, etc.) This is arguably the best book I've read all summer if not all year and I read a LOT of books. I truly cannot wait to see what comes next from this author.

I was provided a copy of this book by Tyndale for the purpose of reviewing it and I am thrilled to have the opportunity!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sc2424 on August 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
First off -- THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LOOOOOOOONNNNNGGGG TIME!!!!!

Phew, got that out of my system! Honestly, The Story Keeper, by Lisa Wingate is an exceptionally wonderful book. It enfolds the stories of actually a few people, addressing things in lives that are emancipating in the end.

This is the story of a mountain girl with a tough past leaving her past, starting a "new" life, only to find it intersecting with her "old" life. The story of a lost manuscript which tells an amazing story from the past. The story of children and adults with no hope. The story of some with hope. I really do not want to give too much information about this book, because it is so wonderful to discover it for yourself in the pages of this book. I will tell you that it is about a book editor named Jen/Jennia and a journey she takes and a story she discovers.

This book is one that you are going to want to read and keep reading. It touches you emotionally and draws you right in to the multi-dramas. It brings up mental struggles in the reader as well, right vs just vs pragmatic, . . .and on.

I think this review is pretty cryptic, huh? :) I will say I really recommend this book. It is a fictional story, but definitely not fluffy :) It's also not hard to read -- you will want to fly right through it! Give it a try! Read it! I highly recommend it!

I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By baseballblondie on November 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Jen Gibbs is looking forward to the new opportunities she has as an editor with the Vida Publishing House in NYC. This is a small publishing house that produces quality. On her first day on the job, she is introduced to Slush Mountain, a pile of old unpublished manuscripts, with instructions of not touching it. When a mysterious manuscript from Slush Mountain appears on her desk, Jen's first thought is to figure out how to put it back without anyone knowing. Yet then curiosity gets the best of her and she finds herself drawn into the story of Sarra, a young girl living in Appalachia around the late 1800's. Jen's search for both more of the manuscript and the author lead her to the one place she never thought she'd return to - her home deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Yet could the answers she seeks be found in the home she vowed she'd never return to?

Wow! Literally, that's about all I can say about this book. I wasn't sure what to expect when I request this one to review, as I'd never read any of Lisa Wingate's books before. I was told that this one started off slow and was hard to get into. I guess for some people that may be the case. But for me, I was drawn into it immediately. I really didn't want to put it down (even on Tuesday night while my favorite TV show of NCIS was airing a NEW episode). I was utterly and completely captivated by both Jen and her search for answers and manuscript she found - the story of Sarra and Rand.

This was well written, practically spell-binding and very deep. I loved how Jen found her answers and even managed to reconcile with her family. What really fascinated me though was Sarra. The parts of the book that told her story had me turning page after page because I was just soaking it up.
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