Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours

Artist Lisa Wingate

  • Release Date: 2017-06-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,956 Ratings

Description

THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—A New York TimesUSA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*


Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

*Library Journal

Publishers Weekly’s #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017  Winner of the Southern Book Prize  If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection 

“A [story] of a family lost and found . . . a poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets.”People

“Sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you’ll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann’s legacy.”Parade

“One of the year’s best books . . . It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel.”The Huffington Post

Reviews

  • Before We Were Yours

    4
    By Oregon Book Worm
    This book was so interesting, I couldn’t put it down. So sad knowing that children were stolen from their parents and treated so poorly. Very good read, I highly recommend this book!
  • Good

    4
    By jh513
    This was a very good book. I would recommend it.
  • Before we were yours

    4
    By Burry R
    Interesting and haunting story of Tennessee adoption agency.
  • Terrific Book!

    5
    By kat!28
    I could not put it down. I read it in 3 days. Absolutely loved it. Moved me in so many ways. Love love loved it.
  • Amazing!

    5
    By AmberAnnW
    I loved this book so much.
  • Lovely story of reconnecting

    5
    By Pamcakes505
    This story is interesting from page one to the end! I am not an avid book reader but this story gripped me in and had me searching for answers. The first person experiences from two characters gave the audience a sense of empathy and understanding. Thank you for writing this story and bringing attention to a hidden devastating event in history.
  • LOST IN THIS BOOK

    5
    By ERNOBATYAM
    I absolutely loved this book. Very well written and extremely informative. Recommend it highly!!!!
  • Before We Were Yours

    5
    By jgf45
    This book is really a 10 star book. Yes, the characters are fiction but have been put into a story that is , sickeningly, all too real. Unaware of any of this history prior to reading this book, I am awed by the writing, devastated by the reality, heartened by the hope and humbled by the idea of the music that we all live by. The references to the ‘ music’ of our pasts, present and future, are breathtaking. To ms. Wingate, thank you for writing this story.
  • Before We Were Yours

    5
    By AFarbs
    Fabulously written loved it
  • Before we were yours

    5
    By Gretchen16
    My hear raced as I read each page, anxious to know what was next for the children. Heart wrenching story written so well.

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