Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours

By Lisa Wingate

  • Release Date: 2017-06-06
  • Genre: Historical
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Description

NEW YORK TIMES 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

Praise for Before We Were Yours

“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

“Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.”—Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of Circling the Sun

Reviews

  • Amazing

    5
    By Irina415
    I couldn’t put it down
  • Great read!

    5
    By Dawne's IPod
    Before We Were Yours is an excellent story. Hard to put down.
  • Before We Were Yours

    5
    By Lanierjp
    This book is heart wrenching. To know that this actually happened to so many children is truly sad and breaks my heart. Read this book in a day. It's very hard to put down.
  • Before we were yours

    5
    By helencolwell
    Having lived in an orphanage as a child this spell binding book checked many boxes for me. I was immediately pulling for the family to succeed. Very well written and I am now a fan or Lisa Wingate.
  • Before we were yours

    5
    By Great connection
    So glad my book club picked this book! The children in this book were strong & encouraging. The fact that Ms Tann got away with such child abuse is appalling. I am sad for each little soul that had to endure such hardship and for the parents whose children were taken away from their rightful family. A very moving story!
  • Very nice book

    5
    By MacaEscLuTo
    Great book. I enjoyed reading it very much. I loved learning about this piece of US history.
  • Page Turner!

    5
    By Momlovestea
    Before We Were Yours will keep you coming back for more! An emotional roller coaster that gives you pause...didn't want it to end!
  • Great book!

    5
    By tiffmcobb
    The best book I've read in a long time. Couldn't put it down!
  • Before We were Yours

    5
    By Madonnaoh3
    Could not put this book down!! Amazing story of fiction and facts!! Will definitely recommend.
  • Engrossing

    4
    By Nagi Po
    This book is a page turner. The story flips between historically true tragedy of families and lives ripped apart to a gentle modern day version wherein the woman investigating this tragic past discovers she must also dismantle her own carefully orchestrated life to start a new true one for herself.

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