Lisa Wingate at an author event in Jefferson, Texas. She was very nice, friendly & approachable - and interested in learning more about Funky Finds. That always makes people instantly awesome in my book! I purchased her book Dandelion Summer & instantly became a fan. I continued reading her books & have loved each one that I've read.
Based in Waco, Texas, Lisa writes great book after great book. This year alone, The Prayer Box, one of my absolute favorites, has been shortlisted for several book awards AND she recently signed a film option on one of her books!
This summer I was fortunate enough to be part of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. Readers throughout the country were assigned to a circle and, at a designated time, received one of twenty advanced copies of The Story Keeper, Lisa's newest book. We were to read the book within a two week period & write our comments in the book as we went along. I have never written in a book as I read, but it was a great experience! I loved reading the other readers' comments & including my thoughts.
Here's a quick synopsis of The Story Keeper: 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.
This book is a wonderful tale of guilt, healing, dealing with the past & moving forward that gripped me from the start. I did not want the book to end because I enjoyed it so much! I highly recommend this fantastic tale to anyone & everyone. And I am pleased to announce that one lucky reader will receive a free signed copy of The Story Keeper!!!
*** GIVEAWAY ***
PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of The Story Keeper.
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