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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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mobodie
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Such a deep story. It really makes you want to just keep reading; It keeps you interested the whole time.

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Librarybelle
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#August #12BooksOf2021

It‘s a shame it took me so long to pick this one up, but I am so glad I read this one in 2021!

This heartbreaking story, yet with touches of hope, showcases a little known piece of American history. Children taken from their homes and adopted out to well to do families…ugh! Wingate tells the story with grace. It has made me want to read her other books!

Andrew65 A popular book 2w
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smmeldrum
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This book has sparked my love of historical fiction. While based on upon a true setting, this book was heartbreaking, heart warming, educational, and so fulfilling. Easily one of my top three favorite books.

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Jess861
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Another pick - it started off slow but picked up as it went and was a great read. Once I got about halfway through it was hard to put down. Another sad story of history - this time about a family sent to the Tennessee Children‘s Home Society orphanage. What these orphanages (and the director Georgia Tann) got away with and what the wealthy let them get away with is heartbreaking.

#AVeryMerryReadathon #Readathon #Orphanage #Family @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
Reecaspieces Fantastic book 1mo
Krystle13 Loved this book! 1mo
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Jess861
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I know I've posted a bunch about this book as it's taking me forever to get through it (not the book but my time that is causing it)....but this is how I intend to spend the evening once the kiddos are asleep - popcorn and a book! Hopefully I can get some pages in!

#CurrentlyReading #Popcorn #SnackAndBook #Readathon #EveningReading

BeaG I loved this book. 1mo
Jess861 @BeaG I'm about half way through now and really getting into it! 1mo
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dainarmb
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Finished my November #bookspin and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would- the back covet blurb didn't do it justice! @TheAromaofBooks I also kept track of holiday words for the #WGWordSearch. #TeamGameSleighers

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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dainarmb
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Recuperating from my booster shot 🤒 and partaking in the #WGWordSearch #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

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dainarmb
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StayCurious Love the mug 2mo
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dainarmb
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Playing the #WGWordSearch as I'm #currentlyreading my #bookspin read. Wore green sweatpants and a red shirt and I'm using a red pencil to really dominate this #FestivePhotoChallenge entry. 😅❤💚 #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

ChasingOm 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
dainarmb @StayCurious I'm not sure if I'm supposed to tag you in every post? 😅 2mo
StayCurious @dainarmb please do since you‘re on my team. I try to like and comment as much as I can 2mo
dainarmb @StayCurious sounds good! 🥰 2mo
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dainarmb
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It's a travel home day! Woke up at 3 a.m. and slept on the first leg of my trip, so hoping to make a dent in this one on the shorter, second flight. 🤞🏽 #currentlyreading #bookspin

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Allthebookclubs
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I read this a couple of years ago, but wanted to read I again after some friends read it this year. It‘s sickening what the people of THS did to those families. Book #67 in 2021

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dainarmb
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I am #currentlyreading my #BookSpin for November but thinking ahead by posting my TBR early to also count towards #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @TheAromaofBooks @StayCurious

PageShifter I have good memories from reading Let It Snow last christmas, I hope it gives you some christmas spirit too :) The Nightingale was something I accidentally read also when it was christmas: I was sick and could only read something that was easy to read :D It was perfect for that moment. I enjoyed The Love Hypothesis, hope you too. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
dainarmb @PageShifter so many on my tbr to look forward to 🥰🤩 2mo
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StayCurious Looks great! 2mo
IndoorDame Awesome list! I‘ve been wanting to read The Vanishing Half. I‘d love to hear what you think! 2mo
MartinaLove The love hypothesis is really good! 2mo
MartinaLove The People We Meet on Vacation and The Ex Hex are also really good. I want to read The Spanish Love Deception and The Holiday Swap in December also. 2mo
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LibraryCin
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I listened to the audio and I thought it started off pretty slow, so it took me a bit to get “into” it, and I might have missed a few things at the start. It did pick up, though, and I found myself more engaged. I actually ended with a couple of questions, though. I was glad there was an author‘s note at the end with more of the true story of the Home Society

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Jess861
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In between the start of school and skating for the little guy, planning a birthday party and being swamped at work I have had absolutely no time to read. I'm hoping the #OutstandingOctober #Readathon forces me to find some time for my books! Hoping to finish Before We Were Yours and get started on whatever book I choose to read next.

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65

Andrew65 Hope this helps for you. Good luck 😊👍 3mo
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MandyB
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What can I say about this book.....What a page turner, from start to finish it pulls you into the lives of its characters, you feel their pain and sadness, leaves you wishing you could leap into the pages and save them. It‘s so well writing it flows effortlessly , I highly recommend it.

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sleepy.ash87
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Wingate powerfully depicts the trauma experienced by children who were stolen from their families and placed in the Tennessee Children's Home Society, an adoption agency headed by the child trafficker, Georgia Tann, from the 1920s-1950s. I admit I had to shut off the narrative and play meditation music a few times just to get through. How is it that I had never heard of this horror? Right here, in America, not that long ago 😭

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TrishB
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Lovely #litsymail today- another book from Cindy and a lovely postcard from Helen. ❤️😁 thank you both so much - lovely to receive and definitely brightens the day 😘

Cinfhen I was thinking of you all day…hoping your mood is lightening a bit xx 4mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, that‘s a great book… it‘s a bit 😢 though! 4mo
TheReadingNurse I loved this book so much! 4mo
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Louise Helen, you keep popping up in my Litsy feed! You sound like a wonderful person! 👑 🌟 @squirrelbrain 4mo
squirrelbrain Oh @louise - now you‘ve made me blush! 😳 This card I sent to Trish was to thank her for a birthday present she sent to me recently - so you see there are very many lovely Littens on here! It‘s such a great place to hang out! 🥰 4mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘m getting there (slowly!) 😘 4mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain I may stick with murderers and serial killers for the time being then 😁 4mo
TrishB @TheReadingNurse cool 👍🏻 4mo
TrishB @Louise there are so many kind people on here ♥️ many times they‘ve made my day. 4mo
Louise @squirrelbrain @TrishB I agree! So many nice people on Litsy—including both of you! Your names have popped up in my Litsy feed for years now, and it‘s great to have that kind of continuity in a reading community. 📚💗 4mo
Cathythoughts ❤️ 4mo
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Jess861
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Not much time to read today but I'm going to sneak in a bit while I wake myself up with this #IcedCoffee. I'm excited to start the tagged book for my #bookspin . Side note: They are tearing down the forest behind our house for yet another housing development 😭 😭 😭 - We didn't move out to the country for them to take down all the green space!

#AnyWayYouReadathon #Readathon

@TheAromaofBooks @kimmypete1 @MidnightBookGirl @Eggbeater

Eggbeater That iced coffee looks good. I'm sorry they are tearing down all your green space. 😢 4mo
BookDadGirlDad The book is heart-wrenchingly amazing. 4mo
kimmypete1 That's so sad! I love being able to look out and see trees vs more houses. 4mo
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Jess861 @Eggbeater Oh that iced coffee was delicious! 4mo
Jess861 @BookDadGirlDad Good to know - I have only heard good things about it. I didn't get too far in today but seems like it just jumps right in. 4mo
Jess861 @kimmypete1 Right?! I'm hoping they will maybe leave a treeline but I know the chances on that! I'll miss watching the deer eating the apples. 4mo
Cortg Ugh. I'm sorry about your trees. That makes me sad. I hope you enjoy some reading time.
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DivineDiana Very sad to hear about the trees. 🌳😥🌳 4mo
BiblioLitten Oh I‘m sorry to hear about the trees. Oh understand how you feel 😔 4mo
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Jess861
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My September #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin roll. Excited for both of these.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!! 4mo
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mcctrish
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This week has been crazy. We move my youngest to Toronto for uni tomorrow. This book has been buzzing in my brain all week while we knocked off errand after errand. Today was less fraught, car is packed for an early departure, so I could float and finish this before the rain hit. What a nightmare this story is based on ( Tennessee Children‘s Home Society) but this has a happier ending

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Krystle13
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Book 2 for August Book Club Read

RenePenn Loved this book! 5mo
BookDadGirlDad This was a hard read for me having adopted 3 girls from foster care. Great book, though. 5mo
Krystle13 I bet! 😪 5mo
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mcctrish
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Summer break is almost over ( we have another month of summer ) and I am maxing out my reading in the pool time. Next weekend we move my youngest into his uni apartment and the weekend after my oldest comes home from his job at camp and then we move him back to school. Empty nesting is approaching at a warp speed velocity

Tamra Today I saw pots of mums for sale at the grocery store. 😒 That‘s my signal that summer is ending soon. I‘m not ready! Good luck with the transitions! 5mo
mcctrish @Tamra the early mums freak me out 🤣🤣 they have been forced to bloom and it‘s just too hot for for them here in London ON to survive for long. I‘m in no rush for Fall, bring on all the hazy, lazy days of summer ( the light in my yard is really changed cuz the sun is lower 😢😢) 5mo
Tamra @mcctrish I hear you! I‘m in Minnesota and already late afternoon sun is lower, so when the temps are moderate and our deck is shaded so it can be comparatively chilly for my Happy Hour Reading…..like now! 5mo
mcctrish @Tamra nooooo 5mo
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Librarybelle
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I was a little reluctant to read this, given the subject matter - based on events surrounding the Tennessee Children‘s Home Society. I am so glad I did read this - it can be heavy with sadness, and yet have so much hope. Wingate writes a beautifully crafted dual narrative, with cliffhangers at the end of each chapter that kept me reading. I definitely plan to read more of her books!

DebbieGrillo If you loved this, I think you'll also love: Where the Crawdads Sing, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. 5mo
Librarybelle Thanks for the recommendations, @DebbieGrillo ! 5mo
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Carlie_jc
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Find the music of today 🎼 I loved this book! Such a great story.

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Sharpeipup
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I have the whole day to myself & I don‘t plan to leave this chair if I can help it. #weekendreads 📖

TrishB How lovely, enjoy ♥️ 7mo
DinoMom That sounds like an amazing idea! 7mo
Myhusbandhatesreading Nice!! Wish I could say the same. Enjoy your day!! 7mo
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ju.ca.no Enjoy! Sounds lovely😁 7mo
Tamra 👌🏾👌🏾 7mo
Megabooks Enjoy!! The smoothie looks yummy! 7mo
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wideeyedreader
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A soft pick from me, as I felt the story dragged in places towards the beginning. It was really good overall, and shines a much-needed light on the injustices of the TCHS. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
Jess861 I almost picked this book off my TBR as my next book. I'll have to read it soon! 7mo
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wideeyedreader
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“My story begins on a sweltering August night, in a place I will never set eyes upon.”
#firstlinefridays

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Simplykellyk
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This book scared me a little. Based on a true story that tells about the horrific deeds of the Tennessee children‘s home. Children taken away from their homes and to think it‘s still happening today. It breaks every piece of my heart to know this story isn‘t real, but could be and there are so many stories like it. If you‘re into historical fiction. Give it a go. I don‘t think you‘ll regret it. It made me do a little extra reading of my own.

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jessijames
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What a beautifully written story about horrible events. I‘m so glad I finally got around to marking this off my TBR. I had no idea of these real life events surrounding adoption during this time period. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

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Queerbeetleserin
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In einer Zeit in der ich mich mit Geschwisterliebe beschäftige kann dieses Buch zu mir und hat mich tief bewegt. Wenn Kinder Ware sind, wir weit gehen die Händler und was macht das mir den Kindern? Ein Buch das nachtwirkt...

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zguta
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An orphan's emotional adventure. I listened to the story on audiobook and was pulled into a world true to the characters' voices by the narrator's voice of interpretation. Excellent fiction, based on painful realities in our American history. I highly recommend reading or listening to this story. Your heart will be pulled in many directions right until the end.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“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.” ❤️

#Lost / found
#OppositeDay

Mjm1 Loved this book 9mo
FeatherV This book was incredible 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mjm1 me too ❤️ 9mo
TheKidUpstairs Sounds heartbreaking 9mo
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perfectsinner
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Mehso-so

2.5 stars
Somewhere between 'just ok' & 'good'

DrSpalding I read this book in 2019 and thought it was my best read of the year! I was outraged and had no idea that this had taken place in our history. It caused me to want to read more about the topic. 8mo
perfectsinner I would enjoy reading some non fiction about it, I think 8mo
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perfectsinner
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Picked out Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate for my next book l've tried it a few times before and never got far. Let's hope 3rd times the charm.

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AlisBookNookCorner
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🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Full Review: https://suspensebookreviews.home.blog/2021/03/05/before-we-were-yours-by-lisa-wi...

What a brilliant novel based on a not-so-known time in our history. I love historical fiction novels and this is one of my favorites. This story was heartbreaking, knowledgeable, and at times heartbreaking. Wingate weaved lessons on strength, family, and love in such a beautiful way.

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AlisBookNookCorner
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After a horrific thriller, I decided to go with a historical fiction novel that has been patiently waiting for its turn to be read. I know a bit about this one, but not too much, so I'm not sure what to expect going in. Any thoughts on this book? I have been told to have tissues nearby...

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved it, but yes have the tissues ready! 11mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Throwback to a day when I had a tan and was skinnier!! I was reading on a #beach I had vacationed for over 20 years and it‘s now gone due to Hurricane Michael. We were there in September and the hurricane was October 10th 2018. 💔😓

Mexico Beach 🏖
#LitsySpringBreak

Kappadeemom ❤️❤️❤️ Mexico Beach! 11mo
Kappadeemom Actually it‘s bouncing back! I have a couple of friends that have houses there and rebuilt #MBStrong 11mo
TheKidUpstairs Looks like a beautiful spot! I hope it continues its recovery! 11mo
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Cathythoughts Stunning ❤️ you look stunning (edited) 11mo
DrSpalding One of my very favorite books@that I have read over the last two years! 11mo
marleed Beautiful! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kappadeemom I hope they can recover, but it will never be the same 😢 So many memories!! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kappadeemom that‘s awesome!! Is there property rental property? 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cathythoughts awww thank you 💞 11mo
Kappadeemom @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yes there are and some in Port St Joe that are also back open! Call Pristine Properties in MB 😎 (edited) 11mo
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TheHungryBookworms
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I Recommend this story. I couldn't put it down and the fact that it was based on real facts, real information blew my mind. I never knew places like that really excist.

megnews I couldn‘t put this one down either. 11mo
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klfilliater
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Excellent read about young kids in Tennessee, alternating to modern times. Loved this book!

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TheSpineView
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This is a heartbreaking story about a family torn apart by people out for profit and children are the things they are selling. It is told from two POVs. Avery in the present and Rill Foss in the past. The story shows us how strong family bonds are and how people survive even terrible times. I also loved that the modern day setting was one I am very familiar with. 4 ⭐
Many thanks to @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for gifting me this book.🥰

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one even as sad as it was ❤️ 11mo
TheSpineView @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I did too. I will probably reread at some point. 11mo
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"I take a breath, scoot ro the edge of the seat, and straighten my jacket add the limo rolls to a stop on the boiling hot asphalt. "

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Karisa
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

1. & 2. My current reads are both #BlameItOnLitsy reads! Tagged book (thanks to #JumpStart2021 #tbr) plus An Inquiry Into Love and Death (thanks to #SundayBuddyRead). 😅

3. During the daytime, coffee or tea or water. Nightime reading, sometimes a little harder drink. 🍷🍹🥂😉

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megnews
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Here‘s another I couldn‘t put down.

#12booksof2020

Crazeedi Oh it was a good one! 13mo
Andrew65 Looks good. 13mo
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katy4peas

Started this one and can‘t put it down. Very engaging for me! I like the characters and the mystery that is wrapped throughout the history and story. #lmpbc #groupd @MoonWitch94 @Mynameisacolour @SamAnne

Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira I read that over the summer. It was a page turner 📖 Enjoy 😊 14mo
SamAnne I‘m looking forward to reading! 14mo
Jennifer3 So good!!!! 14mo
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Annabelle22
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20% through and it‘s getting good 💜 what‘s your rating on this book? No spoilers 😉

lynneamch All my bookclub members really appreciated reading it and some even remembered when the real story came out in the papers here in Tennessee. 14mo
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maddigans.shenanigans

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.

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katy4peas
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#LMPBC #GroupD mailing order in pictures! 😁 I‘m excited! @Mynameisacolour @SamAnne @MoonWitch94

SamAnne Looking forward to this! 1y
katy4peas @MoonWitch94 on its way to you tomorrow! 13mo
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mamareading
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Simple weekend goals. Hoping to read 10 hours this weekend. Inspired by @Kdgordon88 #24b4Monday

Harley_Quinn How was the one you completed? That is on my tbr 1y
mamareading Just finished it ten minutes ago. I found myself wanting to read it when I was busy with other things. There are two story lines, one modern and one in the past. I found the modern story to be overly sensational but I enjoyed the looks into the past. I‘ll likely read more on the topic of the Tennessee Children‘s home society 1y
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cajunsyd
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Enjoying this quiet morning.