Lisa Wingate
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Lisa Wingate

Selected among BOOKLIST'S Top 10 for two years running, Lisa Wingate writes novels that Publisher's Weekly calls "Masterful" and ForeWord Magazine refers to as "Filled with lyrical prose, hope, and healing." Lisa is a journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the author of a host of literary works. Her novels have garnered or been short-listed for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the LORIES Best Fiction Award, The Carol Award, the Christy Award, Family Fiction's Top 10, RT Booklover's Reviewer's Choice Award, and others. The group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with six others for the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who promote greater kindness and civility in American life. She's been a writer since Mrs. Krackhardt's first-grade class and still believes that stories have the power to change the world.

IN THE WRITER'S OWN WORDS: A special first grade teacher, Mrs. Krackhardt, made a writer out of me. That may sound unlikely, but it's true. It's possible to find a calling when you're still in pigtails and Mary Jane shoes, and to know it's your calling. I was halfway through the first grade when I landed in Mrs. Krackhardt's classroom. I was fairly convinced there wasn't anything all that special about me... and then, Mrs. Krackhardt stood over my desk and read a story I was writing. She said things like, "This is a great story! I wonder what happens next?"

It isn't every day a shy new kid gets that kind of attention. I rushed to finish the story, and when I wrote the last word, the teacher took the pages, straightened them on the desk, looked at me over the top, and said, "You are a wonderful writer!"

A dream was born. Over the years, other dreams bloomed and died tragic, untimely deaths. I planned to become an Olympic gymnast or win the National Finals Rodeo, but there was this matter of back flips on the balance beam and these parents who stubbornly refused to buy me a pony. Yet the writer dream remained. I always believed I could do it because... well... my first grade teacher told me so, and first grade teachers don't lie.

So, that is my story, and if you are a teacher, or know a teacher, or ever loved a special teacher, I salute you from afar and wish you days be filled with stories worth telling and stories worth reading.

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    • Before We Were Yours

    • A Novel
    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
    • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

    • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

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    • The Prayer Box

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    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
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    • By Joleen on 07-30-15

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    • The Tidewater Sisters: Postlude to The Prayer Box

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    • By: Lisa Wingate
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    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Faced with legal papers for a fraud she didn't commit, Tandi suspects that her sister has done something unthinkable. With Tandi's wedding just around the corner, a trip to the North Carolina Tidewater for a reckoning with Gina was not part of the plan....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
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    • By DBH on 08-13-18

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    • The Sea Glass Sisters

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    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Sybil Johnson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Elizabeth Gallagher has been balancing on the ragged edge for a while now. Then, a rough case on the boards of her 911-operator job collides with a family conflict at home, and Elizabeth finds herself finally coming apart....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By flowermama on 04-27-18

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    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By strauer on 07-02-18

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    • The Sea Keeper's Daughters

    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
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    • Overall
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    Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
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    • By wendy on 11-10-17

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    • Larkspur Cove

    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Johanna Parker, Scott Sowers
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    When Andrea moves to Moses Lake, Texas, with her son, she hopes her job will provide purpose and solace from an ordeal that shattered her life and shook her faith....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By PJ Reader on 01-17-14

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    • Firefly Island

    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Meredith Orlow
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great series

    • By Mary Christian on 06-29-17

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