Before We Were Yours Book Reviews

Lisa Wingate

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.

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Book Name Before We Were Yours
Genre Historical
Language English
E-Book Size 7.42 MB

Before We Were Yours (Lisa Wingate) Book Reviews 2024

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The story of the past vs. present. I loved the story from the past. Remarkable tale of the lengths that love will go to. However the present day characters were so flat and unlikeable. Even the ones I was supposed to like had me skimming the present day chapters to get back to the past.

Sad. This book is well written and tells a heartbreaking story of loss and fear it does have parts of child abuse and I felt just sad and sickened while reading

Wow. Excellent book. Sad that it’s so close to the truth.

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

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

Incredibl story that stickers with you over time!!. Loved this Story!

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.

Before we were yours. A fantastic heart warming story of family. Skillfully written to capture your interest and then bring a story to life. A book that you can’t put down and never want to end!

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

Very moving story. The characters come alive in this moving novel that takes place 80 years ago and in the present day.

Loved it!. Fabulous book!

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

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.

Good quick read. I really liked this book can’t say it’s super memorable but it was an easy read and it was written well.

Captivating. You 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.

Before We Were Yours. A perfect way to connect with and learn from the past.

Loved it. I loved this book!

Highly recommended. I can see why this book is loved.

A beautifully written book. I 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.

MUST READ. Amazing book!!

Very engaging!. Hard to put it down. Beautifully written!

Incredible story. I couldn’t put this book down. Definitely shocked by the incredibly heartbreaking true events on which the book is based.

The best. Loved this book. You can’t stop reading it.

Wow. What an amazing book.

Slow start and then I couldn’t put it down.. A bit of a slow start and then I couldn’t put it down. Good read

Amazing book. The 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”.

Page Turner. Heartbreaking story, beautifully written.

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! “

Before We Were Yours. Can't believe this horrible act happened to children and their families, story broke my heart 😥

Before We Were Yours. Even though this story was incredibly sad, it was written in riveting fashion. I couldn’t put it down!

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!

Incredible read!!. I could not put this book down. Simply amazing.

Captivating. From 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 .

Before We Were You. Love the book!!! You will also!

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.

Absolutely enjoyed this book. This book was very well written and had me captivated beginning to end. I highly recommend you take a chance on this wonderful story

Disappointed. I 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.

OMG. What a piece of work, must read for everyone

Captivating. Emotionally 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.

One of the best books I’ve read to date. Truly 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.

Before we were yours. Great book, one of my top 10 list.

What a lovely read! .. I fell in love with the characters from the start, and couldn't wait to see where the story would go. I was not disappointed!

Before we were yours. I 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.

Amazing Book. I 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!

Truth is stranger than fiction. If it was not true , it would have been too hard to believe. What some people have gone through!

Excellent Book l. This book was very hard to put down! It grabbed me from the get go!

Intriguing Plot. This twisted plot keeps you wondering until the very end. This is a good read.

Before We were yours. Great book!

Love it. This book was amazing and it shocked me also it’s a must read for sure

A book I’ll never forget. This 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!!

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Heartbreakinf. Based on a true story, which makes it hurt even more. This book will destroy you in ways you never thought a book could, especially if you’re a parent. A must-read, but be prepared. You’ll fall in love with each character and you won’t be the same after reading this.

Love!. This is a sweet easy read!

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The Before We Were Yours book written by Lisa Wingate was published on 06 June 2017, Tuesday in the Historical category. A total of 8,158 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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