|Tyndale House Publishers, 2014|
Monday, September 1, 2014
Lisa Wingate’s The Story Keeper ~ Reviewed
Published by Tyndale House Publishers
Review by Elizabeth Ludwig
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.
Lisa Wingate never fails to provide an entertaining tale. Her latest offering, The Story Keeper, goes one better by providing a story within a story, both equally compelling. With each chapter, I was drawn further into the past and Sarra’s tragic, tortured flight toward freedom. In the present, it was Jen and her sad, twisted childhood that kept me turning pages. Together, The Story Keeper made for an engaging and bittersweet tale of triumph over past hurts and hope for a brighter future.