Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

5 simply stunning stars!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate


Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Trainand The Nightingale.

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 that the truth is much darker. 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 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—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 perfect blend of past and present…. The present day was filled with mystery and secrets while the past was filled with heartbreak and hope…

WOW! Another fabulous book, the south sure can spin a story! I have read quite a few books recently that take place in the south, and all were wonderful and very interesting to this California girl…. and even though the historic part of this book was horrific and tragic, I could still see the hope, the good and the cultural Pride of the southern people…..

This book took place during the 1940s as well as the present day….Rill A feisty river girl and her siblings were basically stolen and taken to the Tennessee Children’s Home…. The conditions of this home or absolutely tragic and what made it even more tragic is that it was based on a real place and events…. I am still slightly shocked that this actually took place in America and for 30 years?Rill was such a fighter, such a survivor, I was just so heartbroken for her and her siblings and what they went through…

The heartbreak of the historic part of this book made the present day part of this book even better, it was a breath of fresh air… Avery was another strong character, trying to figure out her grandmothers secrets, and I was trying to figure them out right along with her…. there was even a little romance, and even if this book all tied up a little too neatly at the end, I am a sucker for a happy ending! And this definitely ended happily ever after!

🎧🎧🎧narration: major props to these narrators I think they added so much to the book they were Rill and Avery…. so five stunning stars also go to Catherine Taber and Emily Rankin…

this was a Traveling Sister read with Jan, Marybeth, Brenda, Norma, and Marie Alyce… it is definitely more fun reading with sisters/friends like these!💕

You can find all the Traveling Sisters reviews at Norma and Brenda’s fabulous blog…



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