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Before We Were Yours

Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale.Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their familys Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in chargeuntil strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Childrens Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parentsbut they quickly realize that the truth is much darker. At the mercy of the facilitys cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother togetherin 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 lavi...

Title : Before We Were Yours
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ISBN : 9780425284681
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 342 pages
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Before We Were Yours Reviews

  • Candace

    '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 ...more

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    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 value

    of your work

    and your love.


    This book is about the Foss children. They are fictional in the book but taken from real life
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  • Sarah

    I went in to this book not knowing very much about it. I had not read very many reviews and it was recommended to me.

    The author takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and tells a story of most compelling power. That someone like Georgia Tann and her Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society could actually exist, is shocking. Countless lives of children were affected, stealing their pasts and changing their futures, will give you chills.

    But the real feat of this stirring no
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  • Jennifer Masterson

    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 prese
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  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    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 co
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    4 stars! Cover love!!!!

    BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by LISA WINGATE is a heartbreaking, interesting, and a powerful Historical Fiction novel that was enlightening to read.  This story was inspired by actual true life events about the Tennessee Children’s Home Society that was based in Memphis and the director Georgia Tann. This Memphis-based adoption organization was absolutely horrific in the way that they treated and exploited these children.

    We thought that LISA WINGATE did a wonderful job at shedding
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  • Jamie

    One of the perks of being a reasonably successful author is that the FedEx man regularly brings me Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of soon-to-be-published novels. These are sent by editors who are hoping I'll read the book and offer a blurb, which will then go on the back of the book.

    The latest was BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate. I just finished it and am sort of wallowing in the post-novel afterglow, completely blown away.

    This was such a powerful, satisfying read about a group of sibling ch
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  • Cheri

    PRELUDE

    Baltimore, Maryland

    AUGUST 3, 1939

    “My story begins on a sweltering August night, in a place I will never set eyes upon. The room takes life only in my imaginings. It is large most days when I conjure it. The walls are white and clean, the bed linens crisp as a fallen leaf. The private suite has the very finest of everything. Outside, the breeze is weary, and the cicadas throb in the tall trees, their verdant hiding places just below the window frames. The screens sway inward as the attic
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