Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

Book - 2017
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Learning that her grandmother was a victim of the corrupt Tennessee Children's Home Society, attorney and aspiring politician Avery Stafford delves into her family's past and begins to wonder if some things are best kept secret.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780425284681
Branch Call Number: F WINGATE
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 11, 2018

A book that was a reflection of human tragedy in the U.S. The imaginary Foss family depicts the destruction of families - the 'child-trafficking' racket led by Tann and her team of adoption homes. I highly recommend this book.

Jul 10, 2018

This was a exceptional book. I couldn't put it down. Unbelievable that this was based on true accounts of the Tennessee Children's Home Society.

kkoenigc Jul 10, 2018

Well written and love the fact the book was based on true events.

Jul 07, 2018

could hardly put this book down

ArapahoeLesley Jul 06, 2018

This is an easy to read book in a familiar historical fiction structure of a modern search into a hidden past and it is great. The basis of this fictional story is very real and it felt real... I got quite teary at the end.

LoganLib_Phoebe Jul 01, 2018

An extraordinary and shocking story of families torn apart. Based on true events this story tells of young Rill who lives by the river with her family in 1939, and present day politician's daughter Avery Stafford who must uncover her grandmother's secret before it is lost forever.

Jun 24, 2018

I, too, was a little girl who grew up on the banks of a river, so could appreciate the love young Rill and her family had for theirs, in spite of their, on the surface, impoverished life style. Author Wingate depicts this relationship beautifully and sets the stage for the heartbreaking story that follows.
It is easy to forget that as recently as the mid-20th century, children were often treated as more of a commodity than as a person with rights. Children were routinely snatched from their parents' homes for no clear reason other than the family was poor. Often done without knowledge or consent of the parents, who may have signed relinquishment papers thinking they were signing something else entirely. In some cases, these flagrant "removals" were done with good intentions, but sadly there were Georgia Tanns who viewed young children as profit opportunities and advocated in no way for the welfare of those children.
The strength of the eldest daughter of the snatched family is both inspiring and heartbreaking. The eventual partial reunion with her former family will make you hurt for her.
The contrast between the Foss children with the modern day Stafford family, a family of immense influence and wealth is particularly stark.
As the story progresses, the past and the present, the Fosses and the Staffords, are found to be blended in a way that no one could have foreseen. Not a perfect ending, but a realistic and satisfying.

Jun 19, 2018

A very moving book, especially for anyone who has adoption in their family.

Jun 16, 2018

I think I have read all of Lisa Wingates book and this is the most historical of her novels and the deepest one. Sad story but very interesting. Her writing keeps getting better and better and I'm glad to see her move into deeper topics.

Jun 16, 2018

Five stars for this book. Well written and thoroughly researched. Hard to believe that something like this could actually happen and that it was actually condoned by the police and others. I read this book in three days and loved it. I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jun 13, 2017

I clench my teeth so hard the pain travels all the way to the top of my head. I'm glad for it - it's just a little ache and I know where it comes from. I can stop it anytime I want. The one in my heart is way bigger. I can't fix it no matter how hard I try. It scares me so much that I can't even breathe.

"…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.


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