Before We Were Yours

Before We Were YoursKINDLE Before We Were Yours Author Lisa Wingate THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT A New York Times, USA 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 Fianc , 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 LegacyParade

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of than twenty novels Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers Choice Award Her work was honored by the Americans for More Civility for pro

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Before We Were Yours
  • Lisa Wingate
  • 15 February 2018
  • 9780425284704

10 thoughts on “Before We Were Yours

  1. Emily May says:

    But 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. I still maintain that The Heart s Invisible Furies and Pachinko were deserving of the Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction, but I can definitely see why Before We Were Yours has had such an emotional impact on readers.Comparisons to Orphan Train make a lot of sense The pacing and structure of both stories are similar, and they both use the alternating older younger narrator format to link the present day with the past a favoured technique by many historical fiction writers, which is also used in The Thirteenth Tale, The Alice Network, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane But, most of all, Before We Were Yours stands out for doing one of my absolute favourite things in historical fiction exposing a largely unknown and horrific pocket of history.Alternating between the perspectives of privileged and successful Avery Stafford in the present, and twelve year old Rill Floss in depression era Memphis, a story emerges linking Avery s grandmother to Rill and her four siblings, who were stolen from their riverboat home and their two loving parents Through the dual narrative and Avery s digging into the past, a t...

  2. Jennifer Masterson says:

    I absolutely loved this heartbreakingly beautiful piece of writing I d give this book 10 stars if I could Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate grabbed me from the very beginning, tossed my emotions around like a salad, and never let go I didn t want it to end I listened to the audio version Both narrators deserve huge props for their performances I actually think this novel was enhanced by the superb narration There are two storylines going on in this novel, one in 1939 and one is present day They slowly unravel and come together I thought the writing was wonderful and so were the characters in both storylines As gut wrenching as t...

  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    My book won the GR 2017 award Yay Wow This book was really sad and had a happy ending at least I had no idea this was a place and it breaks my heart This is written in the front of the book For the hundreds who vanished and for the thousands who didn t May your stories not be forgotten For those who help today s orphans find forever homes May you always know the valueof your work and your love.This book is about the Foss children They are fictional in the book but taken from real life stories The stories of this horrible woman, Georgia Tann, who had children stolen from poor families and sold to rich families Those that actually survived living at the Tennessee Children s Home Society These kids were malnourished, raped Jesus, I can t go on with all of the travisties You can google and find out tons of information Here is a photo of the evil woman Here i...

  4. PorshaJo says:

    Rating 3.5OK, so I m going to be the party pooper on this one.I liked this one, but didn t love it There were things I really liked about it and other things that drug it down a bit for me hence, a 3.5 rating So I ll try to list a few here.First, the story I think just about everyone knows this story I m sure I m the last to read and review A historical fiction read that has headlines plucked from the real world Two dual stories told in alternating times between Memphis, Tennessee 1939 and present day Aiken, South Carolina The true story portion was the horrible things that happened for over 30 years in the Tennessee Children s Home Society orphanage The woman running it had some connections judges, politicians, police, those with moneywho LET her get away with basically stealing children from their parents Their parents were poor, or less educated, or just made her mad She then sold these children to unsuspecting potential parentsand probably some suspecting too It s utterly horrible to learn of this part of our history The two stories are told from the point of view of a family of children ripped from their parents and put through the system and a woman, a bit lost, trying to figure out what her family is hiding after an elderly woman mistakes...

  5. Carol says:

    Oh My Goodness What a great read. If you re ready for a story you can really sink your teeth into with characters that virtually come to life, here you go.

    Adoption matron may have been most prolific serial killer

    BEFORE WE WERE YOURS takes the reader on a heartbreaking, but mesmerizing journey depicting shocking truths about the real life Tennessee Children s Home Society that was active from the 1920 s thru organization that basically schemed, lied, kidnapped and brokered children for profit..while neglecting, molesting, and horrifically abusing those in their so called care even to the point of death.

    But all is not doom and gloomWe have two stories that unfold here while one family is literally being ripped apart, a member of another family discovers truths about herself and an unbelievable family secret.while finding true love.

    Interesting an...

  6. Lindsay - Traveling Sister says:

    4.5 stars What a heart wrenching, powerful and emotional read I ll start by explaining that ever since I laid eyes on this cover a few months ago, I haven t stopped thinking of this book There is just something about this cover that calls to me and makes me want to reach into the picture to hug and comfort these two little girls I have never had a book cover speak to me as powerfully as this one does.With that being said, I was so happy that the actual story lived up to my hopes from the cover It was an emotional, shocking and devastating story that I simply cannot stop thinking about This fictional novel was based on true events surrounding Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children s Home Society orphanage which was an organization involved with the kidnapping of children and their illegal adoptions Tann made millions from her black market baby adoption scheme from the 1920 s to 1950 I had not heard of this sickening piece of history until I read this and I have been googling and researching it since I finished this book I have a hard time accepting this actually happened it is so shock...

  7. Julie says:

    Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is a 2017 Ballantine Books publication This is an amazing, heart wrenching story centered around the true events involving the Tennessee Children s Home Society When Avery Stafford, the daughter of a prominent Senator stumbles upon the possibility her grandmother is harboring a dark family secret, she nearly becomes obsessed with her mission to uncover the truth The story flashes back to 1939, when Rill Foss and her siblings are snatched from their poor Mississippi Shanty boat, after their parents had to leave them behind in an emergency medical situation They are taken to a children s home, but before they were adopted out, they endured cruel conditions and abuse The narrative switches back and forth between Rill and Avery, but I must confess my heart was with Rill from start to finish This novel pulls on the heartstrings, stirs outrage and horror, but at the end of the day the story was about familial bonds, and a spiritual connection that can not be broken, no matter what Wingate did a magnificent job of pulling the reader back in time, creating a realistic atmosphere, and building a fictional story around one of the most shocking black market adoption operations in American history But, the real magic is creating characters we care for, cheer for, and want to champion It may have taken a lifetime, but the truth has a way of freeing itself, exposin...

  8. Candace says:

    Before We Were Yours is a highly emotional and moving fictional story, inspired by true events Through the telling of this story, Lisa Wingate sheds light on the despicable real life actions of Georgia Tann, a woman that ran a black market child trafficking ring masked as a legitimate adoption agency for decades in Tennessee She catered to the rich and famous, providing largely blond haired and light eyed children to those that could afford to pay her outrageous price She made millions off of the sale of children, who were often kidnapped This book spans generations, alternating between present day and the past The past story is narrated by the oldest Foss sibling, Rill aka May Avery Stafford, a former federal prosecutor and the daughter of a prominent Senator, tells the present day story Gradually, the two storylines intersect and the connection comes to light.The fictional story of the five Foss children parallels the real life experiences of hundreds of victims of Georgia Tann s illegal adoption agency, the Tennessee Children s Home Society The children are stolen from their family s riverboat one night in 1939 Their parents have to go to the hospital due to complications with their mother s pregnancy and childbirth Left alone, the children are taken by corrupt police officers working for the notorious child trafficker.Immediately, the children are thrust into a grim si...

  9. Elyse Walters says:

    Sometimes a story must be told Sometimes when the average rating for a book by 65, 652 people is 4.39we are foolish to not read it Sometime books rated high are Goodreads Choice Winners really are heartbreaking beautiful emotional important historical powerful eye opening educational based on real life scandals wonderful and compelling.Sad with a happy ending Like many have said I am glad I read it The horrors were gut wrenching no other way to say it The few sparkles had me feeling thank God As far as storytelling goes two storylines past present.I enjoyed both stories so completely different but my heart went out deeper for the past story with 12 year old Rill and his brothers and sisters SIDE NOTE.1..I sincerely feel thankful to the Goodreads Community it s books like this and the other book which I m almost done listening to Only Child by Rhiannon which has me feel extra close to you BOOK PEOPLE.ESPECIALLY TODAY Given the horrific events in Florida THE NEWS TODAY MAKES ME SICK I just want to do a GIGANT...

  10. Angela M says:

    I don t read a lot of non fiction so I really appreciate when a novel can enlighten me on things that happened that I wouldn t have otherwise known about As in Orphan Train when I first learned about their existence or in What She Left Behind, which highlights the atrocities of a mental institution and in particular the treatment of women, this story inspired by real events relays the sad story of a family torn apart by the greed and horrible acts against children and their families The author explains in her note that the characters are fictional but the place and the circumstances and the woman who perpetrated these acts are real In a recent interview Wingate described the seed for this story A rerun of the Investigation Discovery Dangerous Women cycled through at about two in the morning I looked up and saw images of an old mansion The front room was filled with bassinettes and babies I tuned in and immediately became fascinated by the bizarre, tragic, and startling history of Georgia Tann and her Memphis branch of the Tennessee Children s Home Society I couldn t help but dig into the story That was the spark that ignited Before We Were Yours 5 29 17 in an interview on The ...

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