Before We Were YoursLisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours

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Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate Book Summary

THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—Over two million copies sold! A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

“Poignant, engrossing.”—People • “Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.”—Paula McLain

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.

Publishers Weekly’s #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017 • Winner of the Southern Book Prize • If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection

This edition includes a new essay by the author about shantyboat life.

Before We Were Yours (Lisa Wingate) Book Reviews

Before we were yoursI tried to buy the book, they had it listed for $3.99 but changed the price to $12.99 when I tried to buy it. Sorry, didn’t fall for the upcharge..Score: 1/5

Before we were yours ...Lisa WingateTerrific read. Hard to finish as the book is based on a true story and it’s hard to leave the characters..Score: 5/5

Incredible storyI couldn’t put this book down. Definitely shocked by the incredibly heartbreaking true events on which the book is based..Score: 5/5

Couldn’t stop listening!A great story! A perfect example of what storytelling should be all about..Score: 5/5

WowExcellent book. Sad that it’s so close to the truth..Score: 5/5

The bestLoved this book. You can’t stop reading it..Score: 5/5

Before We Were YoursEven though this story was incredibly sad, it was written in riveting fashion. I couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

CaptivatingYou know a book is captivating when it leaves you wanting more. The narration in the story keeps the reader hoping for resolution at each turn..Score: 5/5

Before We Were YoursCan't believe this horrible act happened to children and their families, story broke my heart 😥.Score: 5/5

A beautifully written bookI had to make myself slow down when reading this very moving and powerful book otherwise I would miss the Author’s incredible use of language. Her phrases, stream of consciousness thinking by her main characters, and description of the surrounding environments are brilliant. While the story is a tragedy in US history, the Author approaches the subject with characters that you can truly feel and just want to embrace. Wonderful and captivating read..Score: 5/5

A must read!Wow. Best book I have read in years. Incredibly moving. An unbelievable story..Score: 5/5

Before we were yoursThis was one of the best books I have read in a long time. Every page was captivating. I couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

River GypsiesThis book is captivating with a mystery at every turn. The fact that it is Historical fiction tells the tale of the River Gypsies who lived on the river during the depression. They had no property to live on so they moved to the River and literally lived on the water in a shanty. I learned about a culture I never knew existed. Multiple orphanages in the black market and how it affected so many lives. This was definitely a good read..Score: 4/5

Incredible read!!I could not put this book down. Simply amazing..Score: 5/5

Before We Were YoursI really enjoyed this book based on a true story of poverty, abuse, family secrets and love. I read it for bookclub and glad that I did..Score: 5/5

Before We were yoursGreat book!.Score: 5/5

Could not put it down!The underlying theme of sisters is heart warming. The audio was nicely done..Score: 5/5

WowWhat an amazing book..Score: 5/5

Before We Were YoursA perfect way to connect with and learn from the past..Score: 5/5

Beginnings don’t determine the outcomeHeart 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..Score: 5/5

Too Slow an not intriguing enough.This book although I tried over and over again to really feel the characters OI just could not get through most of it. I eventually stopped reading it because it put me to sleep. Sorry I spent the money for it..Score: 1/5

Before We Were YoursOh my. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I was swept away by Rill and Averys’ stories..Score: 5/5

Before we were yoursVery 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..Score: 1/5

Good quick readI really liked this book can’t say it’s super memorable but it was an easy read and it was written well..Score: 4/5

Love itThis book was amazing and it shocked me also it’s a must read for sure.Score: 5/5

Very engaging!Hard to put it down. Beautifully written!.Score: 5/5

CaptivatingEmotionally gripping. Learning that the fictional characters in this book were based on real events in the not-too-distant past made this book more powerful to me even after reading it. It’s written in chapters that alternate two of its character’s POV, each in different generations. It was sometimes hard not to skip over a chapter in order to find out right away what happened after the end of the last one. Each chapter left me wanting to know what happened next, most particularly with those told by Rill..Score: 5/5

Phenomenal!This book sucked me in from the very beginning! Every page leaves you wanting more! This has now become one of my favorite books!.Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it down!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..Score: 5/5

Heartbreaking story..I had been wanting to read this book for awhile, the begging was a little slow for me to really get into the book, but finally I was drawn into the characters story and could not wait to see how this book unfolds. It is a very heartbreaking story of children who were born into a poor river family, even though they were poor they were loved and had one another, but the children were basically stolen away, they were abused and tortured by the adults that took them, however this story proves that the love of siblings runs deeper than anything..Score: 5/5

Heartbreakingly real‘Before We Were Yours’ reached into my soul and horrified me, then raised me up to hope that our world can be better. The Georgia Tanns of this world must be stopped. Awareness of how far people selfishly go for their own benefit is vital to eradicating such evils. Sadly human trafficking is still in our news every day. Adoption is beautiful when done to truly help children. Thank you for a gripping story, though fiction, that reminds us to be aware and alert to such wrong doing..Score: 5/5

Very moving storyThe characters come alive in this moving novel that takes place 80 years ago and in the present day..Score: 5/5

Amazing BookI wasn’t able to put this book down. The tale is incredible yet heartbreaking but so very well written! I’ve found a new author to follow!.Score: 5/5

Highly recommendedI can see why this book is loved..Score: 5/5

Before we were yoursGreat book, one of my top 10 list..Score: 5/5

Intriguing PlotThis twisted plot keeps you wondering until the very end. This is a good read..Score: 5/5

Before We Were YouLove the book!!! You will also!.Score: 5/5

Loved itI loved this book!.Score: 5/5

A complete WASTEHad to stop torturing myself and gave up reading early in the book. Cannot believe I paid for this! If you’re considering buying this - DON’T..Score: 1/5

Loved it!Fabulous book!.Score: 5/5

Near to my heart!My mom was an orphan . Her mother died shortly after her birth from the 1918 flu epidemic. Her father was not well either. He realized he couldn’t care for a newborn baby girl and 4 other older children. Mom was adopted by a local family, while other children were raised in an orphanage. Mom was fortunate because her parents provided her with a wonderful life. This story explained so much of her feelings and the other children. The story is compelling and I love it to the very last page. Highly recommend that you read it. “Dance to your own music in life! “.Score: 5/5

OMGWhat a piece of work, must read for everyone.Score: 5/5

Before We Were YoursThis book captivated me. The horrors of the children were just unimaginable, but the entwined story of mystery and romance kept me glued to it. I read it at the beach! A perfect vacation book because I could read for hours and hours!.Score: 4/5

DisappointedI like historical fiction but this book falls flat. I found it boring. I was surprised it was so highly rated and and New York Times best seller. it reminds me of a driving miss Daisy and fried green tomatoes but lacking any depth in the characters. It was predictable. It ended exactly the way I thought it would..Score: 1/5

Amazing bookThe only down side of this book is you can’t put it down. You can’t stop reading it. So don’t start if you have things to do. It is been a while since I clicked with the book. English is my second language, so sometimes it is hard for me to get in to the reading, but this book... I can “see and feel it”..Score: 5/5

When We Were YoursPoignant, personal tragedy that happened during this time period. The characters love for one another shone brightly through the rough times in which they lived..Score: 5/5

One of the best books I’ve read to dateTruly heart-wrenching but extremely well-researched and written. Couldn’t put it down. I loved the fictionalized story used to tell the true events of this atrocity in history to make for a smooth cohesive read. So incredibly changed by this story and book. A must read..Score: 5/5

A book I’ll never forgetThis story is disturbing and heartbreaking and something I’ll think about for a long time. I rarely give books 5 stars but this one is very deserving. I highly recommend this book!!.Score: 5/5

CaptivatingFrom the first page I was caught up in the lives of these children. The weaving of the story is excellent and the surprises and historical parallels are captivating. I was born in 1949 on the west coast but my parent’s told stories of people like Georgia. They warned me there were people who would take children for monetary gain. Very interesting as the connections continued over several generations in this well told story based on facts. Loved the painful but positive ending and the love for grandparents ..Score: 5/5

Excellent story only sad to know it is based on true events.The story is captivating. A must read.Score: 5/5

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