Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

A Novel

eBook - 2017 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780425284698
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (342 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 19, 2018

A very moving book, especially for anyone who has adoption in their family.

Jun 16, 2018

I think I have read all of Lisa Wingates book and this is the most historical of her novels and the deepest one. Sad story but very interesting. Her writing keeps getting better and better and I'm glad to see her move into deeper topics.

Jun 16, 2018

Five stars for this book. Well written and thoroughly researched. Hard to believe that something like this could actually happen and that it was actually condoned by the police and others. I read this book in three days and loved it. I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction.

Jun 15, 2018

I Really liked this book --- read it in two nights -- couldn't put it down. Great historical fiction -- going back & forth between the Present & 1939 in Tennessee --- and the current mystery of Avery, one of the main characters, trying to find out about her grandmother & family history.
The children who are in the orphanage are treated very poorly & sometimes I had to skim through portions because it was so tragic. A great Mystery and loved the ending.
At the end of the book, the author has included a summary of the true events of the Tennessee Children's Home during the 1939 to 1950 time period.

May 07, 2018

About this book, the first word that comes to mind is “WOW”! What a good story!
I understand that even though the story is fiction, it is based on true facts. The facts are so incredibly sad and sorrowful that Georgia Tann was allowed to operate in the fashion that she did, with so few people taking her to task.
It is slow moving at first and sometimes difficult to incite interest, but stay with it. It gets better.
If you don’t get emotionally involved in this story, I would be surprised.

Apr 08, 2018

October @ Grace's

Apr 06, 2018

This story of a young Mississippi girl's attempt to keep her family intact parallels the
real life history of The Tennessee Orphan Society during the late 1930's through mid-1950.
The founder/ head of this organization profited from the abduction of children from destitute
families and "sale" to families able to pay for services. I, personally, found this fictionalized story overly maudlin; but am intrigued by the power and political clout and influence the real head of the T. S. O. exercised.

Apr 02, 2018

I loved learning about a part of history that I am not familiar with. I also loved the relationship between the sisters and how they coped and survived through hardships together.

Hazelnut Mar 20, 2018

Although the story is fictional it centers on the astonishing real life history of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage in Memphis. Rill Foss and her siblings are kidnapped and put in Georgia Tann’s orphanage to later be sold to wealthy families.
Switching from Rill’s story back in 1939 to Avery in present day the secrets of the past become unveiled.
This emotional and riveting tale is a must for book clubs.

Mar 01, 2018

I like when a book can teach you something about history while also telling you a good story. This will be a great read for people who love family stories that dip into the past and uncover secrets.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jun 13, 2017

I clench my teeth so hard the pain travels all the way to the top of my head. I'm glad for it - it's just a little ache and I know where it comes from. I can stop it anytime I want. The one in my heart is way bigger. I can't fix it no matter how hard I try. It scares me so much that I can't even breathe.

"…the love of sisters needs no words. It does not depend on memories, or mementos or proof. It runs as deep as a heartbeat; it is as ever present as a pulse.


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