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Author: Lisa Wingate Narrator: Abby Craden, Bahni Turpin Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781483031781
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author

  • Winner of the 2015 Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction

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About the Author

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and the author of more than twenty mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol Award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novel Blue Moon Bay was a Booklist Top Ten of 2012 pick. Recently the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Wingate, Bill Ford, and seven others as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.

About the Narrators

Abby Craden has been a professional actress and voice artist for over sixteen years and can be heard in numerous television and radio commercials, video games, and audiobooks. She has twice won the AudioFile Earphones Award.

Bahni Turpin has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several prestigious Audie Awards for her audiobook narrations, and Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.