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.
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Wow, just WOW!!! This book was a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting any of what happened in this book.
Jen comes across a manuscript in the slush pile of the new publishing company she is working for, she sneaks around reading it, and is drawn into the story of Sarra who is a Melungeon, a dark skinned, blue eyed girl who is being held captive by two men.
Not only was this a great read, I learned about the Melungeons, up until this book I had never heard of them.
I agree with Colleen Coble . . .this book touched me just like To Kill a Mockingbird. I was taken back to the summer of third grade when I read To Kill a Mockingbird. The Story Keeper will stay with me just like To Kill a Mockingbird did.