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.
My thoughts and giveaway:
This was a book that I couldn’t wait to get back to. Lisa drew me into the story world of this book and I felt like I was a part of it.
This book isn’t high action, or anything like that but something drew me back time and again. I thought about the characters when I was away from the book and wondered about the their past.
Jen has run away from home for the most part. She really wants to forget her past but because of the story she finds on her desk she’s drawn back to the very place she said she would never go. I wanted to know more about her past, her family. But she’s like so many of us, thinking we can out run the past. The truth is you can never out run it, you can run from it, it won’t stop chasing you until you deal with it head on.
There is a slight mystery going on with this manuscript that keeps appearing and even following Jen. That alone will keep you wanting to read to see who is giving it to Jen.
Lisa has truly created a beautiful piece of art in this book, a lovely story that will speak to your heart on many levels.
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