Before We Were Yours



Before We Were Yours For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a thought provoking and complex tale about two families, two generations apartbased on a notorious true life scandal 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 fianc , 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. New Read eBook Before We Were Yours author Lisa Wingate – heartforum.co.uk

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Before We Were Yours  By Lisa Wingate IBN : 0425284700 Format : Paperback – heartforum.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Before We Were Yours
  • Lisa Wingate
  • 24 January 2018
  • 0425284700

15 thoughts on “Before We Were Yours

  1. Emily May says:

    But 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. I still maintain that The Heart s Invisible Furies and Pachinko weredeserving of the Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction, but I can definitely see why Before We Were Yours has had such an emotional impact on readers.Comparisons to Orphan Train make a lot of sense The pacing and structure of both stories are similar, and But 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. I still maintain that The Heart s Invisible Furies and Pachinko weredeserving of the Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction, but I can definitely see why Before We Were Yours has had such an emotional impact on readers.Comparisons to Orphan Train make a lot of sense The pacing and structure of both stories are similar, and they both use the alternating older younger narrator format to link the present day with the past a favoured technique by many historical fiction writers, which is a...

  2. Jennifer Masterson says:

    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 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 present day They slowly...

  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    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 valueof your work and your love.This book is about the Foss children They are fictional in the book but taken from real life 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 valueof your work and your love.This book is about the Foss children They are fictional in the book but taken from real life stories The stories of this horrible woman, Georgia Tann, who had children stolen from poor families and sold to rich families Those that actua...

  4. PorshaJo says:

    Rating 3.5OK, so I m going to be the party pooper on this one.I liked this one, but didn t love it There were things I really liked about it and other things that drug it down a bit for me hence, a 3.5 rating So I ll try to list a few here.First, the story I think just about everyone knows this story I m sure I m the last to read and review A historical fiction read that has headlines plucked from the real world Two dual stories told in alternating times between Memphis, Tennessee Rating 3.5OK, so I m going to be the party pooper on this one.I liked this one, but didn t love it There were things I really liked about it and other things that drug it down a bit for me hence, a 3.5 rating So I ll try to list a few here.First, the story I think just about everyone knows this story I m sure I m the last to read and review A historical fiction read that has headlines plucked from the real world Two dual stories told in alternating times between Memphis, Tennessee 1939 and present day Aiken, South Carolina The true story portion was the horrible things that happened for over 30 years in the Tennessee Children s Home Society orphanage The woman running it had some connections judges, politicians, police, those with moneywho ...

  5. Lindsay - Traveling Sister says:

    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 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 cover It was an emotional, shocking and devastating story that I simply cannot stop thinking about This fictional novel was based on true events surrounding Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children s Home Society orphanage which was an organization involved with the kidnapping of children and their illegal adoptions Tann made millions from her black market baby adoption scheme from the 1920 s to 1950 I had not heard of this sickening piece of...

  6. Carol says:

    Oh My Goodness What a great read. If you re ready for a story you can really sink your teeth into with characters that virtually come to life, here you go. Adoption matron may have been most prolific serial killer BEFORE WE WERE YOURS takes the reader on a heartbreaking, but mesmerizing journey depicting shocking truths about the real life Tennessee Children s Home Society that was active from the 1920 s thru 1950..an organization that basically schemed, lied, kidnapped and brokered Oh My Goodness What a great read. If you re ready for a story you can really sink your teeth into with characters that virtually come to life, here you go. Adoption matron may have been most prolific serial killer BEFORE WE WERE YOURS takes the reader on a heartbreaking, but mesmerizing journey depicting shocking truths about the real life Tennessee Children s Home Society that was active from the 1920 s thru 1950..an organization that basically schemed, lied, kidnapped and brokered children for profit..while neglecting, molesting, and horrifically abusing those in theirso calledcare even to the point of death.But all is not doom and gloomWe have two stories that unfold here while one family is literally being ripped apart, a member of another family discovers truths about herself and an unbelievable family secret.while finding true love.Interesting and impo...

  7. Julie says:

    Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is a 2017 Ballantine Books publication This is an amazing, heart wrenching story centered around the true events involving the Tennessee Children s Home Society When Avery Stafford, the daughter of a prominent Senator stumbles upon the possibility her grandmother is harboring a dark family secret, she nearly becomes obsessed with her mission to uncover the truth The story flashes back to 1939, when Rill Foss and her siblings are snatched from their poor Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is a 2017 Ballantine Books publication This is an amazing, heart wrenching story centered around the true events involving the Tennessee Children s Home Society When Avery Stafford, the daughter of a prominent Senator stumbles upon the possibility her grandmother is harboring a dark family secret, she nearly becomes obsessed with her mission to uncover the truth The story flashes back to 1939, when Rill Foss and her siblings are snatched from their poor Mississippi Shanty boat, after their parents had to leave them behind in an emergency medical situation They are taken to a children s home, but before they were adopted out, they endured cruel conditions and abuse The narrative switches back and forth between Rill an...

  8. Candace says:

    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 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 of the sale of ...

  9. Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters says:

    Sometimes a story must be told Sometimes when the average rating for a book by 65, 652 people is 4.39we are foolish to not read it Sometime books rated high are Goodreads Choice Winners really are heartbreaking beautiful emotional important historical powerful eye opening educational based on real life scandals wonderful and compelling.Sad with a happy ending Like many have said I am glad I read it The horrors were gut wrenching no other way to say it The few Sometimes a story must be told Sometimes when the average rating for a book by 65, 652 people is 4.39we are foolish to not read it Sometime books rated high are Goodreads Choice Winners really are heartbreaking beautiful emotional important historical powerful eye opening educational based on real life scandals wonderful and compelling.Sad with a happy ending Like many have said I am glad I read it The horrors were gut wrenching no other way to say it The few sparkles had me feeling thank God As far as storytelling goes two storylines past present.I enjoyed both stories so completely different but my heart went out deeper for the past story with 12 year old Rill and his brothers and sisters SIDE NOTE.1..I sincerely feel thankful to the Goodreads Community it s books like this and the other book which I m almost done listening to Only Child by Rhiannon which has me feel extra close to you BOOK PEOPLE.ESPECIALLY TODAY Gi...

  10. Angela M says:

    I don t read a lot of non fiction so I really appreciate when a novel can enlighten me on things that happened that I wouldn t have otherwise known about As in Orphan Train when I first learned about their existence or in What She Left Behind, which highlights the atrocities of a mental institution and in particular the treatment of women, this story inspired by real events relays the sad story of a family torn apart by the greed and horrible acts against children and their families The I don t read a lot of non fiction so I really appreciate when a novel can enlighten me on things that happened that I wouldn t have otherwise known about As in Orphan Train when I first learned about their existence or in What She Left Behind, which highlights the atrocities of a mental institution and in particular the treatment of women, this story inspired by real events relays the sad story of a family torn apart by the greed and horrible acts against children and their families The author explains in her note that the characters are fictional but the place and the circumstances and the woman who perpetrated these acts are real In a recent interview Wingate described the seed for this story A ...

  11. Sue says:

    While this novel is based on historical events and real persons who existed in Tennessee in the first half of the 20th century, preying on poor families and their children, I found that I had great difficulty relating to it, primarily because of the contemporary story and the primary protagonist My thoughts vary on this book Some aspects are well done and the expose of the decades long adoption ring in Memphis is both interesting and abhorrent But the total presentation still bothers me, While this novel is based on historical events and real persons who existed in Tennessee in the first half of the 20th century, preying on poor families and their children, I found that I had great difficulty relating to it, primarily because of the contemporary story and the primary protagonist My thoughts vary on this book Some aspects are well done and the expose of the decades long adoption ring in Memphis is both interesting and abhorrent But the total presentation still bothers me, particularly the heroine of the contemporary story, who might have stepped out of a romance novel I wonder how this could have been done differently.Avery seems the Southern society girl made good, who has succeeded brilliantly but is still being hounded by the somewhat stereotypical women around her to marry ASAP in order to fulfill her role...

  12. Diane S ☔ says:

    No matter how many stories are told or books written, it seems there is a neverending supply of man s inhumanity to others still to be told The culture, silence and greed necessary to let this type of evil perpetuate and grow The Tennessee Children s society is the focus of this novel, harm against the helpless and most vulnerable among us and the poor who did not have the resources necessary to fight back Hidden within plain sight, this place flourished in it s cruelty and money making by No matter how many stories are told or books written, it seems there is a neverending supply of man s inhumanity to others still to be told The culture, silence and greed necessary to let this type of evil perpetuate and grow The Tennessee Children s society is the focus of this novel, harm against the helpless and most vulnerable among us and the poor who did not have the resources necessary to fight back Hidden within plain sight, this place flourished in it s cruelty and money making by the silence of those who knew and should have spoken, but didn t Two alternate stories, one in the past narrated by a young girl, whose brother and three sisters were taken from their parents and brought to this horrible place Children were not treated well here, punished severely for minor indescretions and fed as little as possible Blonde children were particularly valuable as they wereeasil...

  13. BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas) says:

    5 Stars a heart wrenching, emotional and haunting readBut 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 pulseThis book how can I put in to words how it made me feel It basically tore my heart into a million pieces but also filled it at the same time How is that even possible The answer is actually quite simple the Foss children Their tale was one of unimaginable loss and 5 Stars a heart wrenching, emotional and haunting readBut 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 pulseThis book how can I put in to words how it made me feel It basically tore my heart into a million pieces but also filled it at the same time How is that even possible The answer is actually quite simple the Foss children Their tale was one of unimaginable loss and hardship yet it was also one of incredible love, hope and s...

  14. Susanne Strong says:

    4 Stars.A Disturbing, Heart wrenching Powerful Piece of Historical Fiction.Before We Were Yours is a story about families torn apart by Social Injustice Told from two different points of view Rill, now known as May, who experienced horrors most of us can t even begin to imagine and Avery, a former Federal Prosecutor and the Daughter of a Senator, who feels the need to live up to her families expectations at all times.Between the 1920 s 1950 s, The Tennessee Children s Home Society was 4 Stars.A Disturbing, Heart wrenching Powerful Piece of Historical Fiction.Before We Were Yours is a story about families torn apart by Social Injustice Told from two different points of view Rill, now known as May, who experienced horrors most of us can t even begin to imagine and Avery, a former Federal Prosecutor and the Daughter of a Senator, who feels the need to live up to her families expectations at all times.Between the 1920 s 1950 s, The Tennessee Children s Home Society was run by a matron named Georgia Tann She illegally adopted out hundreds of children to the highest bidder Those who stayed in the care of the home were abused, neglected, or worse And sadly, many children died under her care The tactics Ms Tann used to scare parents into signing their children over were despicable and once that happened, there was nothing that coul...

  15. Mary Beth *Traveling Sister* says:

    This is 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 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.The siblings were kidnapped and taken to the Tennessee Children s Home Society in Memphis, Tennessee Miss Tann This is 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 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.The siblings were kidnapped and taken to the Tennessee Children s Home Society in Memphis, Tennessee Miss Tann is an evil lady and controls all the decisions The home is rotten to the core The stories are sad and gruesome Kids were brokened Georgia Tann made money by charging huge fees for adoptions, transportation, delivery out of state She took children from poor families and sold them to celebrities and people with political intere...

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