The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate

Friday, October 31, 2014

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. 
About this author

Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Good Hope Road, The Language of Sycamores, and Drenched in Light. Her work was recently honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family live in Central Texas
My Thoughts:
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.
Highly recommended!!!


The Messiah's Sign Volume 2 Days of Messiah Series by Amber Schamel

Dreams…they shouldn’t bother him, but when Tyrus’ worst nightmare is vindicated, he has no choice but to face reality. His wife has been unfaithful, and God has punished her with the most feared disease in the land: leprosy. Banishing her to the leper colony, Tyrus struggles to raise their son alone and protect him from a merciless outlaw. But when Malon begins following the teacher from Nazareth, what remains of their business and reputation is at stake. Can Tyrus save his son from the beguiling lies of a false Messiah before he loses the only thing he has left?

 Multi-published author Amber Schamel has a passion for history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call "historical fiction at its best". A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft and was honored to judge the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest. Between ministry, family and working in their family businesses, Amber loves to connect with readers. Find her on the Stitches Thru Time blog, or on any of the major social media sites.

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My Thoughts:

Amber has written a book that takes you right into Galilee among the Jews who are living by the "law" being lead by the Pharisees and Sadducees. When Jesus shows up on scene they are not happy campers, they threaten to stop doing business with those who choose to follow Him.
Tyrus is positive his wife has cheated on him, that's why she got Leprosy, so she's banished to the Leper Colony. After she is banished, Tyrus has no idea if she is dead or alive. He lets his son Malon believe that she is dead.
Trying to protect Malon might lead to his own death.

Amber creates real characters that you can identify with, you feel like you are right there on the shores of Galilee with Simon and Andrew.

I highly recommend it!!


When Night Comes by Dan Walsh

Jack Turner comes back to Culpepper to give a series of lectures for his old history professor. Within days, he starts having bizarre experiences at night. Like he’s traveling back in time, experiencing the epic events in his lectures firsthand. He has no control over these experiences and can’t make them stop.

Joe Boyd thought he’d left big city crime back in Pittsburgh when he took a detective job in Culpepper, Georgia, a sleepy southern college town. His peaceful life ends when two students turn up dead in two weeks. The coroner is saying natural causes, but something doesn’t add up.

Rachel Cook, a teaching assistant at Culpepper, can’t believe Jack is back in her life again. She’s had a crush on him since she was fourteen, but Jack never knew. He instantly seems attracted to her, but she can tell…something is deeply troubling him. 

Watching all this from a distance is Nigel Avery. He’s certain this experiment is about to unravel. It’ll be his job to tie up all the loose ends when it does. 

About this author

Dan Walsh's debut novel, The Unfinished Gift, won 2 Carol Awards and has been published in several editions and different languages. It continues to be an Amazon bestseller during the Christmas season 5 years later and has sold over 50,000 copies.

With the sequel, The Homecoming, book reviewers began to liken Dan's writing to Nicholas Sparks. Dan's 3rd novel, The Deepest Waters, earned his 3rd Carol Award for Best Short Historical. His 4th novel, Remembering Christmas became his first national bestseller and was a finalist for Inspirational Book of the Year.

Since then, Dan has written 10 more novels, including a 4-book fiction series with Gary Smalley. The Discovery and The Reunion, both stand-alones, were also named finalists for RT's Inspirational Book of the Year and both have over 250 5-Star reviews on Amazon. The Reunion has also been optioned for a movie by Team Two Entertainment.

Dan will release his first indie-published suspense novel, When Night Comes, this November.

He lives in the Daytona Beach area with his wife, Cindi, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. They've been married for 38 years and have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren.

My Thoughts:

In one way this wasn't like any of Dan Walsh's  books we have come to love and in another way it is just like a Dan Walsh book. It is full of relational issues, and the suspense is one that will keep you reading and guessing until the last second. I loved this book, and look forward to reading more like it from Dan.

Highly recommended!!!

THE PROMISE Kindle HDX Giveaway from Beth Wiseman!

About the book: 

Mallory's search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal---and danger.
Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal---to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.
Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart's desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.
Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?

Purchase a copy: 

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple Bestseller lists. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series--Seek Me With All Your Heart--was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth lives in Texas with her family.

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In a daring new novel, Beth Wiseman jumps way outside the box. The Promise will take readers far away from Amish country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by actual events, this is the book Beth has been working toward for a long time.


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  • A Kindle Fire HDX

  • The Promise by Beth Wiseman

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 9th. Winner will be announced November 10th here.


My Thoughts:

Mallory has made a promise to her cousin that she would give her her kidney to save her from kidney disease. She's not an adult so her parents refuse to allow her to do it. As an adult she has placed saving someone's life on her bucket list. Her boss introduces her to his brother who has a sick daughter. They live in a very dangerous part of India,and Mallory is determined to go because she believes she can help save this young girl, fulfilling the promise she made to her cousin.

Beth does a great job showing the Muslim culture, and that in different religions there are both good and bad.

The main theme throughout this book is keeping a promise and it is woven through each relationship in the book.

I highly recommend it!!

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