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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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Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔💔💔 7h
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚💔 6h
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squirrelbrain
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A lot of Littens have read and loved this book about an #orphanage....

#letstravelaugust

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😔❤️ 12h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved it!!! 12h
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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😊 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Freespirit thank you 💗💗 2w
Eggs That‘s perfect for this prompt 2w
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Hollie Such a good book! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs thank you ❤️😘 I hope you have a great weekend ❤️ 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie yes, loved it!! 💗💗 2w
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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 💔💔 2w
Jediash1 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too - definitely a powerful story. 2w
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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!❤️📚 2w
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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 😔😢💔 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DaveGreen7777 I know... we‘ve been going there for over 20 years... I‘m just so sad for the residents 💔💔💔 1mo
wanderinglynn 😢💔 That‘s so sad. 😔 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @wanderinglynn I know... watching that video just broke my heart 💔😪 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Beautiful beach! It‘s a shame what happened. 💙🌊 1mo
tracey38 💔 1mo
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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. 1mo
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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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Mehso-so

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!! 1mo
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. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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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! 2mo
mcipher Nice!! So cool that you hit the goal already. 👏👏 2mo
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! 😉) 2mo
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krayoncolorz
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A family favorite recipe is baked tofu with the recipe pictured. Was hoping to make it for the picture but it got pushed to tomorrow. We sautée peppers, onions, and add steamed broccoli. We then add an orange sauce to this and serve with brown rice. This is the best way I‘ve found to make crispy tofu.

#bfcr2 #bookfitchallenge #recipe

wanderinglynn Sounds like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing! (but P.S.,wrong “wandering” tagged 😉) 2mo
Jennick2004 This was a great book 💜 2mo
krayoncolorz @wanderinglynn hrm, I‘m sorry! I thought we were supposed to post a recipe 🤔 I‘m still trying to figure this place out 😆 2mo
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krayoncolorz @Jennick2004 it actually has taken me awhile to get into it but it‘s starting to pick up for me! 2mo
wanderinglynn Yes, a recipe is this week‘s optional photo challenge. I meant you tagged the wrong person. You tagged WanderingBookaneer, not me on your post. That person might be a bit confused. 😉 2mo
krayoncolorz @wanderinglynn oh! 😅 oops 🤭 2mo
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Kodak2057

Good rainy day reading but this book is heart wrenching. Especially knowing it‘s mostly based on true stories. And as a mother of two cute blonde kids it really strikes close to home 😢

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melissajayne
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I quite enjoyed the book. There were times I felt that the chapters were a little long , but overall it was a good read. #ebook #fiction #bookreview #bookstagram

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Foragingfantasy
Mehso-so

I‘m going to be the unpopular opinion. I didn‘t hate it, but it didn‘t grip me. I only read it cuz the author used to live in my home town. I had no idea about Georgia Tann and the horrible things she did, so that was interesting. The book was just kinda slow and flat.

krayoncolorz I‘m reading this now and struggling...not sure if it‘s because I came off such an amazing audiobook or I‘m just not that into it. 2mo
Foragingfantasy @krayoncolorz 😕 it was sooo very meh, for me. I don‘t even think it was a wrong book at the wrong time thing, it just didn‘t do it for me. 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I read this one on #Vacation at Mexico Beach Florida last year... I‘ll miss you Mexico Beach 😥 We‘ve been going there every year for over 20 years...

#Songsofsummer

StayCurious Hope you are doing ok. Sending virtual hug your way❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @StayCurious thank you!! I need them ❤️ 2mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m glad you got to go there,sounds like it was a wonderful place. 2mo
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Kappadeemom Awwww, I agree! I don‘t live very far away from MB. Such a devastating loss. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kappadeemom yes... breaks my heart for the community 💔 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Leftcoastzen so many wonderful memories ❤️ 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Nice! 😎 2mo
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⭐️4/5
A slow starting novel that eventually wraps you up in the captivating realistic stories of a family, torn apart by Tennessee‘s Children‘s Home Society orphanage. Beautifully woven together with different time frames and heartbreaking realities, it would have been a 5 star rating if not for the cliche love angle that wasn‘t necessary to the story.

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Kodak2057

Getting started on a soon to be rainy Sunday

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Olivia306
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My cold returned with a vengence. 🤧 Could it be because of too much icecream? Is there such a thing like too much icecream? 😉 Anyway, curling up with this book, which has been sitting on my TBR list for too long. 🤓

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Librarybelle
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I love #bookmail ...my checkbook, not so much!

MaleficentBookDragon Right there with you. 3mo
Tamra I didn‘t care for Burnout, but honestly I just perused it to see if it would be useful. I was turned off by the “fight” call only because that made me more exhausted and not relieved. But I‘m anxious to read your take on it. 3mo
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Lauram I had the new McCullough book in my hands today and made myself put it back. 😕 3mo
sisilia McCullough 😍 3mo
robinb I ❤️ Amory and Milo! 3mo
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paigecon
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Started off a bit slow but captured my interest until the end. 4/5 ⭐️

hjreviews I‘m glad you found the beginning slow too. The person who recommended it to me told me they couldn‘t put it down start to finish and I had a hard time getting into it 3mo
Bindrosbookshelf Same... 2mo
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NKB2830

“It‘s funny how what you‘re used to seems like its right, even if it‘s bad.” Rill Foss

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NKB2830
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“Witnesses who aren‘t telling the truth have a hard time stopping on an absolute yes or no.” Avery Stafford

JohannaRose Such a perfect reading spot! 😍 3mo
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WriterAtHeart
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Words cannot even begin to describe how touched I am by this novel. A story weaved from true events about a children's home who stole poor children and adopted them to rich families, Wingate creates a story that both made me tear up and feel a strong sense of family and belonging. Absolutely fantastic read!

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Abby2
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Very interesting story. The modern part was a basic romance tale. However the historical story was fascinating and well told.

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marleed
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Turn off your mind relax and float down stream
It is not dying, it is not dying
Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void

Day 20 of #MayMovieMagic with #TomorrowNeverKnows
@Rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Im loving your posts 🥰 3mo
marleed Thank you! So silly just thinking of those words to this book brought tears to my eyes when I took this pic. 3mo
rohit-sawant Lovely post! 💜 3mo
marleed @rohit-sawant Thank you! 3mo
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Squidonland

I drop her on the cot and turn away and grab my hair and pull until it hurts. I want to pull all of it out. Every single piece. I want a pain I understand instead of the one I don‘t. I want a pain that has a beginning and an end, not one that goes on forever and cuts all the way to the bone.

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JohannaRose
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I‘m excited to start this today! I‘ve heard great things about it! 😊📚💜

marleed It‘s an important story! 3mo
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Amberdfoy
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Had a little mishap with the tub and my 4 year old.....I told her I wasn‘t mad, I like crinkly papers!

robinb Mishaps happen...👍😊 3mo
rather_be_reading oh no 😱😱 3mo
micamaldita You're such a nice mom 😊 3mo
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PaperbackPirate
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I need to finish this in time for book club tomorrow! I had 170 pages to go when I started tonight, now I‘ve got about 145. Luckily it‘s picked up after a slow start earlier this week.
Caprica is helping me out tonight.
#fridaynightbookclub
#dogsoflitsy
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JoScho I love this picture so much. Sweet sleeping baby ❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
PaperbackPirate Thanks for the love @JoScho & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! 💙💙 3mo
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JohannaRose
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I‘m super excited about my book finds today! And that cat bookmark! I mean come on! I couldn‘t pass that up 😻 But which book should I start first Littens? Have you guys read either of these?

PaperbackPirate I‘m reading Before We Were Yours. It‘s a slow starter but now I don‘t want to stop. 3mo
marleed Before We Were Yours is a story that stays with me. It‘s the first I heard of the topic and it‘s so darn wrong. 3mo
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Linda906
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I finished this quite a while ago, but I‘m still thinking about it. Knowing that this story is based on the true events surrounding Georgia Tam and the many babies that she stole from poverty-stricken families to sell to the rich breaks my heart in many pieces. Lisa Wingate is a master at making the reader feel as if they have climbed into the heads and hearts of her characters and she does that here. Read with the tissues close by.

shutterbug_mama Ohhh I have had this on my kindle for over a year! I need to read this soon! 4mo
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Wow, that was the saddest book I have ever read. It was also fantastic so I recommend it regardless. It's based partially on the true story of Georgia Tann, a woman who kidnapped and mistreated children before passing them off as orphans and selling them to the wealthy. The storyline of Rill and her siblings is fabricated but is beautifully tragic. This is one of those books that you just know will live in your heart forever.

#24b4Monday

KristenDuck Yes yes yes. I loved this book and am constantly recommending it. 4mo
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UnabridgedPod
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While Before We Were Yours is like many books I've read in this vein, I enjoyed Wingate's development of connected stories told 70+ years apart. I was quite interested in her investigation into the theft of children as part of a racket to sell them, via a corrupt orphanage, for exorbitant prices to wealthy couples. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod That premise is inherently horrifying, and it serves as a solid foundation for the stories of Rill/May, the oldest of five children stolen from their "river rat" parents, and Avery, the privileged daughter of a senator who becomes aware of something irregular in her grandmother's past. Good storytelling lies at the heart of this quintessential "book club book." 4mo
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Serenity_Within86
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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FeatherV
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Such an amazing novel, I was sobbing at some points. It‘s terrifying to know that it was based on actual events #bookworm #2019

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Acoleman
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“People don‘t come into our lives by accident” Reading this one outside with my hubby ( he‘s reading Michael Connelly‘s The Crossing ) I love the ‘never give up‘ and ‘love always wins‘ spirit of this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Becker
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Great for books clubs. This will be eye opening for most people I think.

Kaye Beautiful memorial. Another book I have waiting. 5mo
Crazeedi Great story 5mo
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DHill
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This one started really slowly for me but I‘ve been drawn in and carried along by this compelling story.

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Booklover2
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Extremely effective story based on truth.
I‘m deeply disturbed by this piece of our history. Shame doesn‘t even begin to cover the depth of horror here.

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Serenity_Within86
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CAN'T PUT IT DOWN!!!

DebbieGrillo Loved this one! 5mo
Ncostell This was a good one! 5mo
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kstadt929
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2️⃣ Not every day. Only when I wash the sheets and put new ones on the bed. I hate when the sheets are tucked in and can‘t sleep
3️⃣ 40° and sunny so I‘ll take it!!!! Windows are open!!
4️⃣ Peanut better and pickle sandwich
5️⃣ Not sure who is new but ? ?
#friYAYintro @howjessreads

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LoverofLit
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This book was SO well written that I walked to the bathroom with it in my face. I read the author's note AND the acknowledgements at the end because I didn't want to let it go. Based on true events of children being stolen from low income families and sold for profit, this story follows a family of 5 siblings over the course of decades through hurt, heartache and healing. Ultimately a satisfying but realistic ending. Highly recommend!

LoverofLit #pop19 #popsugar2019 #popsugarreadingchallenge A book based on a true story 5mo
JaclynW Excellent story. So sad though! 😭 5mo
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