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 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 book deal may be higher than she's willing to pay.
©2014 Lisa Wingate (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Very interesting book, I got hooked after a few chapters and then never wanted to stop listening to it
The only downside I found were the accents a bit heavy at times but I expect they are fairly authentic of the area
"Audible version is mostly very good"
The audible version of the story keeper it's a good one. There are two narrators, one for the current day story, and one for the earlier Appalachian story.
Bahni Turpin does a great job with the Southern accent and capturing the different character's voices.
Abby Craden does s good job, but sometimes it just sounded too dramatic, especially at the end. I wish I had read the ending instead of heard it, as I think I would have enjoyed hearing in my head better.
But both narrators read the story well.
I've submitted a review for the book as well.
This is just my review of the performance.
"Unraveling Truth Deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains"
This one deserves ten stars . . . wow . . . it hit me deep in my being . . . Jen Gibbs, a successful editor in New York has to make some choices . . .Jen, supposedly has left her past behind, buried it, in fact, just like the partial manuscript, that somehow showed up on her desk from the slush pile . . . Back in North Carolina, only a few miles from where Jen grew up, is the home of Evan Hall . . . the author that Jen suspects may have written the story that mysteriously showed up on her desk . . . With only a few chapters, submitted more than 20 years earlier, Jen is drawn into the story, and risks taking it to the president of her company at Vida House Publishing . . . This begins a journey for Jen (Jennia Beth) into a time and place she thought was buried . . . with the two stories running parallel, Rand and Sarra (the young Melungeon woman) in the 1800s running from Brown Drigger and his men, and Jen returning to the Appalachia mountains where she grew up, in search of the rest of the manuscript and the author of The Story Keeper . . . Jennia Beth (to her family) is forced to face the demons from her past, the reasons she left in the first place. The contrasts of love and hate, of finding out who God really is, of sussing out the difference between legalism, religion and the truth of Jesus Christ in a place where suspicion, customs and family loyalty run deep, are what makes this book extraordinary. The love between sisters, family, who have and are choosing very different paths in life is very painful, yet real and good in the way that Lisa Wingate chooses to portray it. There is a depth of understanding and healing that comes from listening/reading her books. They don't come much better than this.
"Couldn't Stop Listening"
I at first did not think I could listen too long to the slow melodic voice of the narrator, but once I realized how appropriate to the story being told, I was drawn in and could not wait for every chapter as it unfolded before me. Love it! I could not stop listening.
"I kept wait for the story to come together"
I really liked the idea of what the story was supposed to be about but it just didn't come together for me. There were too many stories and none of them really flowed well together or individually.
I truly loved The Prayer Box. So yes I would read another book by Lisa Wingate.
Even's brother. It would have been better to have had his niece be orphaned that to have included the brother. His part of the story made no contribution to the over all story.
Again I liked the concept of the story. I just wished there was more of any one of the main storylines that came together in a more complete way.
"This book was captivating."
I loved this book I couldn't put it down. I was caught up between the past and the present and found myself in years for all involved. Great book, thank you Lisa Wingate.
It has been a long time since a story captivated me. I usually stay away from Christian fiction as I find it an agenda with a story attached. This was so different. The characters were very human and created a strong bond with the reader. No perfect ending or sugary answers. The two stories running parallel held my interest and anticipation. Loved this book.
"A cut above."
The story is very multi faceted
combining different cultures, time periods, mystery and romance for a read you won't want to stop.
"Such a beautiful story!"
Purchased as an audio book. 10 hours I think I finished in less than a week. Such a great story with amazing characters.
These are the kind of books that I look for. A good clean story with clean language, yet suspense with historical accuracy, well researched and characters with intrigue. It doesn't get much better than this. This author is becoming one of my favorites. The narrator also did an outstanding job. I would listen to this narrator again absolutely!
"What a great book"
Loving history as must as a well-told story. This book truly was an excellent read.
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