“The Story Keeper” by Lisa Wingate takes us from the fast paced streets of New York to the slower paced life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jen Gibbs was raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains but she always dreamed of something bigger. She went to college and then moved to New York and was for the most part cut off from her family. Some understood while others ridiculed her. She is starting a new job at Vida House Publishing and before she can even settle in a twenty years old manuscript shows up on her desk. She does not know who put it there and she does not know who the author is. What she does not is that it draws her in and leaves her longing for more. The story is of a young Melungeon girl named Sarra and her protector Rand. And the story is set not far from where Jen grew up. When she thinks she figures out who the author is her boss sends her down to the mountains in order to secure the book deal. The author, Evan, is a well known but reclusive man who wants nothing to do with Jen. Jen also must face her family while she’s there and she is left with a sense of hopelessness. Will Jen be able to mend fences and score the deal of a lifetime?
This is an amazing book that will draw you in to not only one story but two. We have the story of Jen and Evan in modern times then we have the story of Sarra and Rand from the late 1800s. We see how Jen and Evan must overcome fears in order to move on from the past and be happy with their lives. Sarra and Rand must overcome their fears of the unknown and learn how to trust and love even when the world seems to be against them. This book will keep you turning the pages until the end and leave you wishing for more. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.