Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours

By Lisa Wingate

  • Release Date: 2017-06-06
  • Genre: Historical
Before We Were Yours book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 4,412 Ratings)

Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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

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User reviews about this book

  • Couldn’t stop listening!

    By hagendesigns
    A great story! A perfect example of what storytelling should be all about.
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    By Carol reads
    Terrific read. Hard to finish as the book is based on a true story and it’s hard to leave the characters.
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    By judylandis
    Very mixed up and way to many characters in this. I will try to get my money back from my Apple Acct For my iPad reading this week. Had no understanding and I felt it was a mess. I night 4 books in two weeks and loved them all. i hope apple will refund this one book.
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    This isn’t my normal go to thriller but it was recommended to me. The book goes back and forth between time lines telling stories. I thought this would bother me but I loved it! Couldn’t wait to get back to each story and find out what happens next. The stories have mystery, adventure, love and also pulled at my heart strings. There was never a dull moment in this book as I was always wanting to know what happened next.
  • Could not put it down!

    By Chippper305
    The underlying theme of sisters is heart warming. The audio was nicely done.
  • Beginnings don’t determine the outcome

    By Tfran14
    Heart wrenching story of children in orphan care and the secrecy and shame of their beginning. The determination to live a life keeping the beginning hidden.
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    Heartbreaking beautifully written story.
  • Compelling

    By BLPGray
    As the story unfolds, going from the late 1930’s to the present, I found myself pulled into each of the characters. The author gives a face to a horrible time of injustice for the children in orphanages.
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    Cannot figure out who Judy was and how connected
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