Story Keeper
Lisa Wingate

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Narrated By: Abby Craden, Bahni Turpin

Duration: 11 hours and 53 minutes

What to expect

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.


Fiction: general and literary

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“Ideal for anyone who enjoys books by master storytellers such as Adriana Trigiani or Karen White. The Story Keeper is an inspirational tale about a complex heroine who has managed to survive by navigating around her scars. Set in the captivating world of rural Appalachia, the mountains play a powerful role in this lyrical tale that transports readers across time through a magical and beautiful journey.”

Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of Into the Free

“Wingate’s latest tale is beautifully crafted and has so many layers to appeal to readers—history, a contemporary love story, a bit of mystery, and details about the book publishing industry. Jen’s character is endearing and the plot moves at a quick pace to keep readers enthralled and turning pages to discover what happens next.”

RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

“Written in a story-within-a-story format, this novel will intrigue readers with its dual narratives.”

Library Journal

“Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller. Her story-within-a-story, penned with a fine, expressive style, will captivate writers and nonwriters alike.”


“A novel of remarkable depth and power. Not since To Kill a Mockingbird has a story impacted me like this. You will want to read it and reread it, then pass it along to everyone you know.”

Colleen Coble, author of Seagrass Pier

“Fans of both historical and contemporary fiction will delight in Lisa Wingate’s latest tale. The Story Keeper is a modern-day quest that beckons readers into the Appalachian lore of yesteryear. The story threads wind and curl in unexpected directions, ultimately weaving an exquisite tapestry…Enchanting, inspiring, and beautifully told.”

Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Dancing with Fireflies

“I am in awe of Lisa Wingate’s talent.”

Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author

“Lisa Wingate writes with grace, beauty, and so much heart.”