Book Review: The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate
I was thrilled to be part of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Books this year. . I am a members of Circle 17. . .a group of 5 sisters who committed to reading Lisa Wingate's book, The Story Keeper, and sharing our thoughts with one another. . .a traveling book group. I loved this idea and was truly tickled to get to read an advance copy and partake in all of the fun. I also received a pretty notebook from the sister before me to keep my stories in.
First of all, I need to share that this year God has had a running theme in my life that "my story matters." It has shown up in my art journal class, in an on-line Bible study, I received a "Your Story Matters" necklace for Mother's Day from my hubby who is my greatest encourager and then I received my chance to read, The Story Keeper. I know it is no co-incidence.
Jen Gibbs is an newly hired editor at Vida House publishing in New York. She has worked in the industry 10 years and Jen knows the ropes and has been on the move to bigger and better things. . .when mysteriously a manuscript appears on her desk. Jen opens the manuscript and is drawn in to the story about Sarra, a mixed-race Melungeon girl trapped by dangerous men from a by-gone era in Appalachia. The manuscript also draws Jen back to the Blue Ridge Mountains where she grew up. . .a place she thought she would never go back to. As the Story Keeper goes on, Jen's story becomes more interesting and so does the story of Sarra. I enjoyed both stories. . .and the lessons they teach. One set in days gone by and one set in modern days. One set in days gone by and one set in modern days. Both were page-turning stories. This book was also one that lingered in my mind for awhile as my heart sorted out the lessons it had for me. I don't want to over share and spoil the plot, but I would encourage anyone wanting a good read to get a copy of this book when it comes out on September 1. For me, it was a reminder that all of our stories matter and maybe we make more of a difference than we think we do.
I received a copy of this book to read and pass on to the next sister as part of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Books. I was not required to write a positive review.