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Before We Were Yours
Before We Were Yours: A Novel | 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 Train and The Nightingale. Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their familys Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in chargeuntil strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Childrens Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parentsbut they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facilitys 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 Americas most notorious real-life scandalsin which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the countryLisa Wingates 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.
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BakingAndBooks
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Outstanding. Can‘t put it down

DrSpalding Agreed! One of the best books I have read in the last two years! 21m
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megnews
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My second ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rated book this year. I don‘t give those away lightly. This book brought tears to my eyes, not an easy feat. Beautiful characters you loved & cared about. I highly recommend the audiobook. I want to follow it up with Before and After soon to read about the real life children affected by Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children‘s Home.

sblbooks I knew you would like it.😃 1d
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#readingresolutions=more audiobooks to make a dent in my ever-growing tbr. My problem is I have to listen to light things. I tend to zone out & can‘t keep track of characters etc at the beginning of a audiobook. But I found a way that works which is start the book with reading to get a grip on the characters & plot then switch to audio. I find myself much more invested in finding out what happens to the characters & better able to pay attention.

Prairiegirl_reading I listen in the car and sometimes I just can‘t focus on the beginning. Especially after a tough day at work. Then I just have to listen to a podcast or music and try again later. 1w
ljuliel It definitely helps me to retain more info if I read along while listening. Often I‘ll check out the print book along with the audio to do both at once. 1w
sblbooks My favorite book of 2018. 1w
megnews @sblbooks I‘m loving it so far! 1w
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BrownGirlReading
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This was my Book club‘s third read of the 2019-2020 school year. I decided to listen to it on audiobook. Surprisingly I really enjoyed it. The story was told with 2 parallel time periods and that doesn‘t always work because one is always better than the other but this time I felt that they were both interesting. Based on reality this historical fiction novel covers a dark period in the US. I highly recommend it and the audio was done very well.

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Burgoota

Such an amazing book I really enjoyed reading this one.

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princesspeanutsmommy
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Current audiobook

DrSpalding So sad! So good! Excellent book! 1mo
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margreads
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New ebook read!!

megnews On my tbr for 2020 2mo
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thereadingowlvina
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Have a wonderful Monday everyone! 😊

Thanks for this week's #ManicMonday #EmojiMadness @JoScho 😁

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊🧳 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Not going to lie, I got a bit teary eyed with this one. Imagining what these children went through, it is beyond me. This is a fictionalized account, but with Georgia Tann stealing five thousand children and trafficking them, no doubt with the research Wingate has done it is a happier story then many of Tann's victims had.
Well worth the read and the research.

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Yanya
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Sad Story! Fictional story based on actual atrocities!

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Princess-Kingofkings
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Audiobooks are great for rug twining!

marleed Oh that‘s so cool! 3mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I can already tell this one will end with me doing a lot of research on.

ChaoticMissAdventures @megnews thank you so much? I have not heard this. Adding it to my TBR. 3mo
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KarenJMcLean
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Next up on my reading list ... I hope this is less of a slog.

melissajayne It is. 3mo
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Bookbosomed_jess
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Mehso-so

I‘m that girl again... I was the contrarian with Where the Crawdads Sing and I feel similarly with this book too.

With such a loved book, I feel bad that it‘s only a ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫for me. It‘s such a heartbreaking story, but I just didn‘t really care for the way the story was being told. I think I have to accept that books with children as narrators dealing with difficult situations just aren‘t for me. The narrative style just doesn‘t connect.

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ClaireFullerton

It takes a seasoned and gifted writer to emblematically take the harrowing premise of one family torn asunder by the institution of a real-life, black-market network and leave us with resounding outrage by crafting the story as a tale of personal injustice. In pitch-perfect language, Before We Were Yours is a search for identity told at its most beautiful.

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Bookwm85forever
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It has been a long day at work. Time to relax with my book. #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #bookaddiction

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Thedestinydyer
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While I don‘t regret reading this book I don‘t think I would pick it up to read it. It‘s really hard to follow at times because it follows so many different characters stories. I do love that it‘s loosely based on true stories, I just think it‘s a slow story that bounces a lot.

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Schmieds
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This book had me feeling all sorts, especially when I found out it was based in truth. Initially, I found the dialect was a bit bothersome, but you just fall in love with the characters. Two stories intertwine when a woman delves into her family's past. Children are taken from their parents under false pretenses to be sold to rich families, spending the time in between in a heart wrenchingly cold and violent orphanage.

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Loric
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#7days7covers #covercrush - Post a favorite cover each day for 7 days and tag someone new each day. Day 2 @Babssy are you interested in playing?

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MrsBibliophile
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Truly heartbreaking, with a happy ending. To make matters worse, the story is based in fact. It's historical fiction, and I found it hauntingly tragic, beautifully written, and very well researched. I currently live in TN, not far from where the story is based. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

I also encourage readers to research the Tennessee Children's Home and learn the truth.

📚📚Happy Reading!📚📚

TheBookKeepers Loved this book, very well written. I grew up about an hour outside of Memphis, so I too found it very interesting. I hadn‘t heard of this bit of Memphis history. Haunting indeed 4mo
shellleigh33 This book was heartbreaking and so interesting. I have lived about an hour outside of Memphis my whole life and had never heard of this history until reading this book. It amazes me how this scandal was kept so quiet for so long with so many people being involved. (edited) 4mo
MrsBibliophile Allegedly, the house still stands though it's no longer open to the public. I am a huge history nut, in that, I feel it's essential to modern society to ensure mistakes aren't repeated. What a tragic thing to do to thousands of unexpected families. It actually made me cry to read the New York Times piece, after reading the book. 4mo
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LisaB2

Life is not unlike cinema. Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene, woven to it in ways we do not understand. No matter how much we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn't suit the moment. "Before We Were Yours," Lisa Wingate

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Wonderwoman89
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This hurricane doesn‘t know what it is doing. Now they are saying it is going to miss Florida and be a direct hit at us here in NC again. Who knows? In the meantime I am starting this new book. It is a little slow but I am hoping it picks up soon.

Crazeedi Good choice, keeping everyone in my prayers!! 5mo
IvoryLunatic I just stocked up on water today before everyone buys out the stores. Just in case. 5mo
JoScho Did you receive your High Five to Summer Swap? 4mo
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Wonderwoman89 @JoScho no I did not. 4mo
JoScho Oh my goodness Melissa! This happened to you when I did my bottle swap. I have contacted your partner and I am waiting to hear back. You will for sure get a package. I am so sorry this happened again 😔 4mo
Wonderwoman89 I‘m not worried about it. I hope my recipient liked her box though. 4mo
Wonderwoman89 @JoScho do you know if my recipient received all three packages yet? I know two were delivered from the tracking. I sent her a message but have not heard anything back. It‘s a little frustrating not knowing. 4mo
JoScho Not sure what she was supposed to get but it looks like she got her stuff from the picture she posted. Also I heard from your Swap partner and she had some personal issues but your package is on the way. 4mo
Kappadeemom Hi! I posted a picture and tagged you on the 5th. Thank you so much for the swap package! 4mo
Wonderwoman89 @Kappadeemom I just saw it. We have had a time lately with a hurricane and school starting so I haven‘t been online lately. @JoScho still no box but tell her not to worry about it with her personal issues going on. Sending a box shouldn‘t be her top priority. I just went and bought some@books so I am good. 4mo
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JenlovesJT47
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This story is so sad, but I couldn‘t put it down. It‘s based on the true story of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children‘s Home Society. Tann stole children from their biological families and sold/adopted them out to rich people. It‘s despicable. The chapters about the Foss children are compelling, the present day story less so. Still, I‘m rounding it up from 4 to 5 stars because it‘s an important story people should know about.

#historical

Crazeedi Yes it was very very good 5mo
Reading_in_the_meadow @Wildly_Bookish wasn't this the book you were telling me about this summer? 5mo
Wildly_Bookish Yes! It was fantastic! 5mo
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PaperbackPirate
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I think this book is the most popular choice for #orphanage. It‘s extra messed up bc it‘s based on a real orphanage, if you could even call it that.
But now look at how cute my dog is and feel better.
#letstravelaugust
#dogsoflitsy
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Velvetfur Aaww what a gorgeous little doggo-face! 💜 5mo
Erofan 🐶♥️ 5mo
OriginalCyn620 Aww! 🐶❤️ 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one 💔💔 5mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @Velvetfur ! I will let her know! 5mo
PaperbackPirate It really stayed with me @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😭 5mo
keepingupwiththepenguins Ohhh look at that face!!! 😍 😍 😍 Gorgeous doggo!!! (edited) 5mo
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Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔💔💔 5mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚💔 5mo
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squirrelbrain
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A lot of Littens have read and loved this book about an #orphanage....

#letstravelaugust

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😔❤️ 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved it!!! 5mo
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Booklover77

“But sisters are friends as well. Sisters are special friends”

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Lottie_peppers
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Well worth the positive press! A moving tale of a dark chapter of adoption in America lightened by great fictional characters.

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Booklover77
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So excited to start this book! Have heard it is so good...

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APLitlife
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It is fiction, but based on a true event. Between 1925-1950 children were basically stolen from poor families and sold to wealthy families. This story follows one such family of children. I listen to the audiobook and absolutely loved it!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Innocence
#AugustABC

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Freespirit That's a lovely photo😊 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Freespirit thank you 💗💗 5mo
Eggs That‘s perfect for this prompt 5mo
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Hollie Such a good book! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs thank you ❤️😘 I hope you have a great weekend ❤️ 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie yes, loved it!! 💗💗 5mo
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Jediash1
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I had no idea about the history this book was based on, and it breaks my heart. Children in the late 1930s South are being kidnapped from their parents and adopted out to wealthy families. The orphanage runners profit from these adoptions, while abusing and neglecting these children. I‘m grateful Lisa Wingate is sharing this story, so this heartbreaking history is not forgotten. It reminds us to be vigilant and be a voice for justice.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one 💔💔 5mo
Jediash1 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too - definitely a powerful story. 5mo
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Honeybeebooks
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Haunting and beautiful. I do not have sisters of my own so longed for them while reading this work. Thankful for the women who have become my sisters over the years. It is painful to constantly be reminded that greed is and always will be such a powerful weapon especially when wielded against the poor and vulnerable.

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ashsbookmarks
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I loved this book. So sad but a great story! I reviewed it on my blog today (www.ashsscript.com). Have you read it? What did you think?
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#bookreview #bookblogger #bookish #bookishlove #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #BeforeWeWereYours #read #reader #iheartbooks #readharder #trytobehappy #allthebooks #happyreading

DrSpalding Read it. CRIED! It caused me to look up historical information about this time period in America and it made me cry some more! A MUST READ for sure!❤️📚 5mo
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Margot0817
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A true story of the illegal adoptions from the Tennessee Children's Society. An awesome story of loss, perserverance and staying true to who you are no matter what.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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These are my last memories from our favorite #Beach, Mexico Beach, Florida... it was destroyed by Hurricane Michael on October 10th 2018 and has still not recovered. 💔💔💔

#LetsTravelJuly
http://youtu.be/nJuCGUdRh4Q

DaveGreen7777 😔😢💔 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DaveGreen7777 I know... we‘ve been going there for over 20 years... I‘m just so sad for the residents 💔💔💔 6mo
wanderinglynn 😢💔 That‘s so sad. 😔 6mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @wanderinglynn I know... watching that video just broke my heart 💔😪 6mo
OriginalCyn620 Beautiful beach! It‘s a shame what happened. 💙🌊 6mo
tracey38 💔 6mo
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Victoriahoperose
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I thought this was a very important book that really explored some themes that aren‘t normally dealt with in fiction. I enjoyed the varying timelines and characters. It was a bit long, but overall, I liked this book.

marleed I agree. I thought it important I know this history- and I didn‘t before reading. 6mo
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Allthingsbooks
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Awesome! Amazing story and even better writing style.

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Kodak2057
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I loved this! I am a true crime junkie so I don‘t mind the gory details of a true story but this fictionalized story of a family torn apart by Georgia Tann was heartbreaking and beautiful, while also being vague enough about the details that someone less into that can still definitely enjoy it. I‘d compare it to Jodi Picoult style of writing. Definitely recommend.

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krayoncolorz
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Unpopular opinion here but I did not love this book. I did enjoy the parts that were set in the past but didn‘t care for present day parts. I just didn‘t find it enjoyable. But I stuck it out and the ending was overall enjoyable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

KristenDuck So interesting - I loved this one!! 6mo
krayoncolorz @KristenDuck Yeah, not sure why I didn‘t love it and it has great reviews. I‘d really zone out during the present day stuff. 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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Mommat
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I had a sinking feeling in the first chapter. The story has a bit of a politic flavour and I feared it would be a main vehicle throughout. But I have a rule of reading the first 5 chapters of any book before I give up. I‘m happy to say that I was hooked enough to continue by time I read the first few sentences of the second chapter. This is one of the best books I‘ve read in the past five years and hits all the feels I ask for in a book.

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krayoncolorz
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Week 2 #bfc and I‘ve reached my book goal. So I guess I need to increase my goal. Gonna bump it up to 15 total. I‘ve got a few longer books in the queue.

Lucy_Anywhere Awesome 🙌 well done! 6mo
mcipher Nice!! So cool that you hit the goal already. 👏👏 6mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 That's awesome! 🎉 (Just remember to tag me on weekly check-ins so your name goes in the hat for the drawing! 😉) 6mo
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