The Story Keeper - Lisa Wingate

3 Stars  :-(

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 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.

First let me say that I am a HUGE fan of Lisa Wingate. She is one of my top favorite authors right now. This however was not my favorite book by her. This got great, rave reviews on Amazon - so I obviously was missing something.
The problems for me - This was very slow for me until about half way through but by then it was too late I was already not interested. This was a book within a book and I am not a fan of that style. I have read others and I didn't care for them either. Also there was the past, so really 3 stories? Too much for me. I think Lisa was trying to get "deep" and more complicated. The problem for me is that I like them simple! I love her old simple Christian love stories. I don't need something complicated and deep.

I liked the main character. The character development was good but I didn't really "feel" anything for her. The story within a story - I didn't like the characters at all.

I didn't hate this book - I did keep reading but it was far from my favorite. I love Lisa as an author and definitely will keep reading her books.
They say don't judge a book by its cover. Well - don't judge this book by my review! There are lots of people who loved it!

Thank you Tyndale for sending me this book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE


  1. Sorry this didn't work for you. It's a shame with such a lovely cover.


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