Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours

By Lisa Wingate

  • Release Date: 2017-06-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 1,610 Ratings


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

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  • Before We Were Yours

    By Discriminating Reader
    Wow! What a story! Thank you Lisa Wingate for writing this powerful tale so very well.
  • Before we were yours

    By mouse jane
    Slow to get started, confusing at the beginning. But I really liked it and enjoyed the characters towards the middle and end. I would recommend this book to most of my friends.
  • Such a great book

    By *****JMU
    I really enjoyed this. Though the story is fiction, it is based on true events. The book follows the main character and she is such an interesting person. Thoughout the book youre really rooting for her. Such a page turner! I finished this in a couple of days and didnt want it to end.
  • Exceptional..another great read

    By Jynmplayer
    This is a must read! Although it is fiction, it is based on facts.. and the story is riveting and told in such a way as to keep you glued to the pages!
  • wonderful

    By mohrag
    Although a little confusing at the beginning, because of the time switches. This is a terrific book. I would highly recommend reading.
  • Wonderful Read!

    By GaelPP
    A truly captivating story about an unfortunate time for poor or neglected children in and around Memphis. It tells the tale of a family torn apart at the hands of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and the uplifting story of reunion amongst siblings. A wonderful read!
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

    By Kari128
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Very well written along with a very interesting subject. Couldn’t put it down, and I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Wingate.
  • Before we were yours

    By Kriskajfkf
    Excellent read!
  • Before we were yours

    By goranflogirl
    Well written! The characters came to life from the very start. I experienced many emotions during this read which made it hard to put the book down. I was sad knowing the adventure was coming the end as I grew to love many characters I while immensely disliking others. In the acknowledgement after the story, I discovered this story was seasoned with facts about the Tennessee Children’s Home Society that will never leave me.
  • Before We Were Yours

    By Windydji
    This is a book not to miss. What could happen and did a lot of times is heart breaking. But for some they never forgot and kept looking
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