Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

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, Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family?s ...

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Title:Before We Were Yours
Author:Lisa Wingate
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Before We Were Yours
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:342 pages pages

Before We Were Yours Reviews

  • Cheri
    Oct 14, 2017
    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 falle...
  • Elyse Walters
    Feb 14, 2018
    Sometimes a story must be told. Sometimes when the average rating for a book by 65, 652 people is 4.39...we are foolish to not read it. Sometime books rated high - are Goodreads Choice Winners - really ?are? heartbreaking- beautiful- emotional - important - historical - powerfu...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Aug 26, 2017
    3.5 stars This story is told in two time periods. You have present time with Avery Stafford. Avery is a senator's daughter and when her father gets sick Avery comes home to help aid him in any way she can. Some questions come up about her grandmother's past that Avery digs into that...
  • Carol
    Feb 12, 2018
    The Hook - GoodReads Choice Award for Historical Fiction (2017) If the reader?s here recommended it so highly, why not give it a try. The Line(s) - ?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 ...
  • Jamie
    Feb 15, 2017
    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. ...
  • Dem
    May 08, 2018
    NOT JUST A PRETTY COVER, but Lisa Wingate has taken a heartbreaking and criminal time in a nation's history and produced a moving and compelling story of sisters and families torn apart by the Tennessee Children's Home Society Scandal (Memphis late 1930s) I was swept in from page o...
  • Sue
    Jul 20, 2017
    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 p...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jun 06, 2017
    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 nove...
  • Susanne  Strong
    Jun 11, 2017
    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 t...
  • Emily May
    Jan 11, 2018
    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 were more deserving of the Goodreads Choice Award for Hist...
  • Angela M
    Jun 06, 2017
    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 men...
  • Debra
    Oct 18, 2017
    Historical fiction about family - those we have lost, those we have found and those with painful secrets. I love books (and movies) that are based on true events. This books sheds light on a another dark time in our nation's history - sad times for the children and families affected. A...
  • Julie
    Jan 25, 2018
    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 p...
  • PorshaJo
    May 31, 2017
    Rating 3.5 OK, 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 ju...
  • Carol
    May 27, 2017
    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 ...
  • Linda
    Apr 19, 2018
    "Appalling. It's hard to imagine something like this could happen, and on such a large scale.....for years." Lisa Wingate creates a story framed around the dire misfortunes of the voiceless. To be born in the Memphis area in 1939 may cradle you in the loving arms of your true parent...
  • Karen
    Jul 29, 2017
    4.5 This is a story that taught me about a time in history. In the 1930-1950's there was a woman named Georgia Tann who ran The Tennessee Children's Home Society, that stole children from poor families and sold them. The story of the sisters in this book, from a poor "river" family, ...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Nov 28, 2017
    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 r...
  • Candace
    Aug 23, 2017
    '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 legitima...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Mar 29, 2017
    I was blown away by this story and the great writing! I?ve never read a novel by Ms.Wingate but I will certainly be looking for more of her books. This novel tells the historically correct story about the Tennessee Children?s Home Society which was run by Georgia Tann in the lat...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Sep 30, 2017
    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...
  • Carmen
    Feb 24, 2019
    The events these two have weathered make me marvel. This is what's possible when love is real and strong, when people are devoted to one another, when they'll sacrifice anything to be together. This is what I want for myself, but I sometimes wonder if it's possible for our modern gener...
  • Jen
    Sep 09, 2017
    An amazing,don't want to put down, hold the book in a big hug and wish this story never ended. Sigh* BUT.... This grabbed me from the get go. Two stories told simultaneously during 2 different time periods. Avery's story, present day. She's an attorney who has met up with a woman ...
  • Jennifer Masterson
    Aug 11, 2017
    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 th...
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    May 20, 2018
    5 Stars - a heart wrenching, emotional and haunting read! "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." This book - how can I put in to words how it made me...
  • Berit☀️✨
    Nov 14, 2017
    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... 5 simply stunning stars!????? WOW! Another fabulous book, the south sure can spin a story! I have read quite a few b...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Nov 18, 2017
    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 M...
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    Feb 07, 2018
    5 Heartbreaking ?'s ?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.? This book is a fictional story, but it was inspired by true events. I finished reading ...
  • Crumb
    Jul 11, 2018
    "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." The Tennessee Home for Children (T.H.C.) was run and operated by Ge...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Jul 07, 2017
    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...