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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Best Sellers

    • Before We Were Yours

    • A Novel
    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
    • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38,899
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35,455
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35,322

    Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

    • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Tending Roses

    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266

    When Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother’s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son, she learns that the lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful and uplifting story of living our goodbyes

    • By cathy on 07-04-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Prayer Box

    • A Novel
    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Xe Sands
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

    When an old-timer on Hatteras Island passes away, Tandi Jo Reese finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out the rambling Victorian house....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to understand

    • By S. Rains on 01-08-15

    Regular price: $20.76

    • The Story Keeper

    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 790
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 729
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 723

    Successful New York editor Jen Gibbs is at the top of hergame with her new position at Vida House Publishing - until a mysteriousmanuscript from an old slush pile appears on her desk....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Audible version is mostly very good

    • By Joleen on 07-30-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Larkspur Cove

    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Johanna Parker, Scott Sowers
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 469
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 419
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 419

    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
    • Great start the series

    • By PJ Reader on 01-17-14

    Regular price: $25.19

    • The Sea Glass Sisters

    • Carolina Chronicles
    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Sybil Johnson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 181

    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
    • Engrossing, Heartwarming, Real

    • By flowermama on 04-27-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Wildwood Creek

    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett, Heather O'Neill
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 282

    Allie Kirkland has never been one to take wild risks. But when she's offered a costuming assistant's job on a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, she jumps at the chance....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By joan machart on 11-02-16

    Regular price: $25.19

    • The Sea Keeper's Daughters

    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 402
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 374
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370

    Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • boring

    • By wendy on 11-10-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Blue Moon Bay

    • Moses Lake, Book 2
    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258

    Blue Moon Bay takes Seattle architect Heather Hampton to quiet Moses Lake, Texas, where a promotion at her firm hinges on the sale of family farmland for a proposed industrial plant....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-23-12

    Regular price: $25.19

    • The Sandcastle Sister

    • A Carolina Chronicles
    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Abby Craden
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    New York editor Jen Gibbs knew when she bought Evan Hall's next blockbuster book, it would change her career. She didn't know it would change her life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • follow up to a great story

    • By strauer on 07-02-18

    Regular price: $6.95

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