I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
When successful New York editor Jen Gibbs discovers a decaying slush-pile manuscript on her desk, she has no idea that the story of Sarra, a young mixed-race woman trapped in Appalachia at the turn of the twentieth century, will both take her on a journey and change her forever. Happy with her life in the city, and at the top of her career with a new job at Vida House Publishing, Jen has left her Appalachian past and twisted family ties far behind. But the search for the rest of the manuscript, and Jen’s suspicions about the identity of its unnamed author, will draw her into a mystery that leads back to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains . . . and quite possibly through the doors she thought she had closed forever.
I had never read anything by Lisa Wingate before, but after reading “The Story Keeper” I definitely going to look into more of her works. Wingate has such a talent of telling a story that grabs the attention of the reader at the start and keeping it the whole way through. An interesting aspect of “The Story Keeper” is that it tells the story of Jen Gibbs, but also contains the story of Sarra in the form of the mysterious manuscript that shows up on her desk. The alternating chapters between Jen’s story and Sarra’s is probably my favorite part of the novel as a reader you can see the development of not just one, but two characters and stories.
I am giving “The Story Keeper” by LIsa Wingate 5/5 stars. Wingate was able to tell such an interesting story that kept me wanting more and more. I can’t wait to read more of her works.
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