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Before We Were Yours Hardcover – 6 Jun 2017
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"A [story] of a family lost and found . . . A poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets."--People"Before We Were Yours is sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . [Lisa] 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 legacy."--Parade "One of the year's best books . . . It is almost a cliché to say a book is 'lovingly written' but that phrase applies clearly to Lisa Wingate's latest novel, Before We Were Yours. This story about children taken from their parents through kidnapping or subterfuge and then placed for adoption, for a price, clearly pours out of Wingate's heart. . . . It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel. It invades your heart from the very first pages and stays there long after the book is finished. Few novelists could strike the balance this story requires but Wingate does it with assurance. There are a lot of books that will catch your eye this summer, some from our best storytellers. Make sure this one is on your radar. It should not be missed."--The Huffington Post "[An] affecting new novel."--The New York Post "Every now and then a novel comes along that sweeps me off my reading feet. Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, is such a book. . . . It's a great book-club read, one of those books that teaches you something, gives you lots to discuss and even more to think about. . . . Take note: This may be the best book of the year."--Shreveport Times "This story is heartfelt and genuine, especially as Wingate explores the idea of home and family from a youngster's point of view."--Historical Novels Review "Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation's history and weaves a tale of enduring power. That Georgia Tann and her Memphis Tennessee Children's Home Society could actually exist, unraveling the lives of countless children, stealing their pasts and changing their futures, will give you chills. But the real feat of this stirring novel is how deeply Wingate plunges us into the heart and mind of twelve-year-old river gypsy Rill Foss. Rill's utterly singular voice will stay with you long after the last page is turned, as will Wingate's courage to follow her anywhere. . . . Vivid and affecting."--Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of Circling the Sun "A powerful tale of family, of sisters, of secrets kept and secrets shared. I absolutely loved this book. I'm still basking in the afterglow, in shock at the true-crime elements, in awe at the journey of these characters who seem to have immortal souls."--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
About the Author
Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more 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 Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. Wingate lives in the Ouachita Mountains of southwest Arkansas.
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It’s raw, it’s emotional and it’s brilliant.
The characters in this were living, yes, they were living inside my head. I felt them, I could hear them and I wanted to reach out to them.
To the ones in charge I wanted to punch them, I wanted to hurt them.
After reading the back pages of this book from the author realising that although these children were fictional, it very much could have been someone’s reality story because this is based upon a reality, a real life awful existence that many children went through, if they survived at all.
Birthing mothers told that their babies had died at birth or children taken from underprivileged families going through hardship.
These children snatched from their parents and put up for adoption. Making money from the sell of children on the pretence they would have a better life.
The home itself was full of hurt, abuse and totally abhorrent.
The facts of reality I read on the history of this actual event went on for years and years.
It beggars belief.
But it’s true.
These characters were made up, but they could well have been facts.
A highly emotional heart rending book that takes you on a journey of sorrow, pain, resilience of human nature, finding out there are evil people in this world but more kind than evil I’d like to think.
There are two stories running side by side within these chapters, I pretty much got an idea why, but not the intricate details until later.
A truly remarkable book, great writing, great research.
Thank you Querus for providing me with a copy