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The Book of Lost Friends
The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel | Lisa Wingate
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a new novel inspired by little-known historical events: a dramatic story of three young women on a journey in search of family amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who rediscovers their story and its vital connection to her own students' lives. In her distinctive voice, Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual "Lost Friends" advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold off. Louisiana, 1875: In the tumultuous aftermath of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest: Lavinia, the pampered heir to a now-destitute plantation; Juneau Jane, her illegitimate free-born Creole half-sister; and Hannie, Lavinia's former slave. Each carries private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas, following dangerous roads rife with ruthless vigilantes and soldiers still fighting a war lost a decade before. For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and eight siblings before slavery's end, the pilgrimage westward reignites an agonizing question: Could her long-lost family still be out there? Beyond the swamps lie the seemingly limitless frontiers of Texas and, improbably, hope. Louisiana, 1987: For first-year teacher Benedetta Silva, a subsidized job at a poor rural school seems like the ticket to canceling her hefty student debt--until she lands in a tiny, out-of-step Mississippi River town. Augustine, Louisiana, seems suspicious of new ideas and new people, and Benny can scarcely comprehend the lives of her poverty-stricken students. But amid the gnarled live oaks and run-down plantation homes lies the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.
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Lcsmcat
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Another dual-timeline book, where each chapter is a cliffhanger, got in the way of the story a bit for me. But the story is worth It. I love genealogy but never knew about these lost friends advertisements. A pick for my in-real-life book club.

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Lcsmcat
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I started this today for my irl book club and discovered it had a pretty bookmark inside. #foundinbooks

Tamra That book looks like it‘s been well loved by readers! It‘s fun to think about. (edited) 3mo
Lcsmcat @Tamra The torn bottom corner is trompe l‘œil- the dust jacket is fine except for too many stickers! 3mo
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mollymullins
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The story was beautiful, however the pacing was a bit off for me. Very lengthy exposition with a rushed resolution but worth reading in my opinion.

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peacegypsy
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This was a wonderful book that showcased even more of the pain of slavery. Highly recommended.

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HazeltheDog
Mehso-so

A story of two women living in different time periods of the same geographical area of the South trying to connect others with family lost along the way.
The story line set in 1875 is much more cohesive than the modern day story. The ending for both feels hurried.

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Yahui07
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A lovely book!! 4 stars out of 5.

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sleepy.ash87
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5/5

I would recommend this historical novel to anyone, especially those who have grown up in the south. Wingate's writing encapsulates two stories, the first of Hannie, a freed slave embarking on a life changing quest to find her people in the year 1875; the second of Miss Silva, a teacher seeking to educate and empower students in a low-income school system in 1987. Both stories link beautifully at the end. I was so moved!

sleepy.ash87 Also, my experience of this book in audio form was largely positive. I thought the narrator for the 1875 storyline did a beautiful job with both southern Black and Creole accents. Her attempt at an old Irishman accent was not very strong, though it was not a large part of the story, so I could overlook it. The narrator for the 1987 storyline was fine enough, though I occasionally felt they could have chosen a different voice to suit her character. 10mo
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suvata
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Louisiana, 1875: The dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students‘ lives. Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” ads that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold away.

DivineDiana This was a fascinating book! 11mo
Tamra Stacked! 11mo
suvata @DivineDiana Yes it was, I learned so many new things from it 11mo
suvata @Tamra good choice 11mo
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sleepy.ash87
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"Sad thing when stories die for the lack of listening ears."

This book has touched me so far. I have been going through items that belonged to my great grandmother. I've been typing, scanning, and preserving her 100 year old letters... I've been learning what to do with old tintype photos of family from the 19th century. They are unmarked! Who are they? Hidden mysteries, lost stories.

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Ericalambbrown
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This book. Oooffff. It started me off with an ugly cry and I almost didn‘t know if I could go on. But I kept with it and could scarcely put it down two chapters later. Two stories - one in 1875 and one in 1987 - are juxtaposed , leapfrogging over one another chapter to chapter until finally they meet at the end. And culminate in what was for me yet other ugly cry. 😂 Seriously, this is a wonderful book about surviving trauma to hope another day.

Shamzi Your review sold it to me, great review, adding this to my stack!!! 13mo
Ericalambbrown @Shamzi I hope you enjoy it as much I did! 13mo
Crazeedi Agree!!❤❤ 13mo
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OutAndAbout
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Engaging story of freed slaves trying to find lost family. Told in two timeframes, I enjoyed both plot lines and how they weaves together by the end. On the modern timeline, the character development felt light but the plot moved more swiftly. The older timeline had more character development but a much slower plot. Strange combination but overall a rich read.

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OutAndAbout

Books made me believe that smart girls who didn‘t necessarily fit in with the popular crowd could be the ones to solve mysteries, rescue people in distress, ferret out international criminals, fly spaceships to distant planets, take up arms and fight battles. Books showed me that not all fathers understand their daughters or even seek to... Books made me feel beautiful when I wasn‘t. Capable when I couldn‘t be. Books built my identity.

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OutAndAbout
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Watched this movie last night which was a great warm up for the tagged book. Finished half of it out on the boat today and am really enjoying both parts, post Civil War and 1987. Both main characters are intriguing. Back to work tomorrow so probably won‘t finish until next weekend.

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OutAndAbout
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Couldn‘t figure out what to read this weekend and then this happened! I don‘t understand how these work and I always feel a little guilty for cutting in line, but I love when it happens!!🍀🍀looking forward to settling in with it on this cold wet weekend.
#lovemylibrary

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Hollie
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I should be reading the tagged book, or any number of my BOTM TBR pile, or to prep for upcoming lectures. Instead, the second dose of vaccine has knocked my on my ass and I‘m going to watch Dances With Wolves with some hot tea.

LiteraryinLawrence Congrats on getting the second shot! Hope that the symptoms pass quickly. 💗 1y
JackOBotts Feel better soon! 13mo
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Judybskt
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I‘ve been wishing for this book! Thanks @Gissy for the book and yummy chocolate. I can‘t wait to dive into both. 💘📖🍫 #bookcupidswap

@candority

candority Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💖 1y
Gissy I bought that book for me too! 🤗It sounds so good! I‘m glad you liked it! 1y
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sharread
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Well at least my reading has started 2021 with a bang! Another 5 stars. An amazing book with two different timelines about historical slavery. The two timelines take place in Louisiana and Texas. This novel covers friendships during a difficult time in our history. My eyes were wide open and my heart hurt. Pulled on my emotions in so many ways. A must read.

Crazeedi Oh I really loved this book 1y
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jackilynn
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jackilynn
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Last book of 2020, am I going to get it finished before the new year starts?! We shall see. Seeing as my New Years plans have been cancelled because everyone went home early due to weather (wanted them safe instead of sorry) I would say the odds are in my favor. 🤔🤓🤷‍♀️

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Beatlefan129
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Wingate is known for taking a little-known aspect of history and bringing it to life. In this book, the story centers around a newspaper column in the 1870s where former slaves could write to in hopes of finding their loved ones. I enjoyed the story of Hannie and her adventures while trying to find her mother and siblings. I did not find the modern portion of the story to be as strong. In particular, the reveal at the end felt very rushed.

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JacintaMCarter
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#2020Book47
This novel does two of my favorite things: 1. Jumps back and forth between two time periods/characters, and 2. Explores a part of history that I didn't know much about.

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Beccacraft
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This book alternates time periods, following the life of a freed slave and her journey to find her lost family members, as well as a young teacher in Louisiana in 1975. It was captivating and enjoyable, but often felt a bit over-the-top and unrealistic to me. 3/5 stars.

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FeatherV
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My newest novel to listen to #thebookoflostfriends #lisawingate my heart is already aching for the characters in the book, and I‘ve barely started, I guess that‘s a good sign, it means I‘ll be emotionally invested and really enjoy the book.
#bookworm #readeverything #itsacoffeekindofweek
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Sleepswithbooks Your coffee looks beautifully delicious 🥰☕️ 2y
FeatherV @Stacypatrice thank you! ☕️ 2y
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Jen2
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Very sweet story.

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SW-T
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We had some thunderstorms today and our lights flickered, but we didn‘t lose power. Happy about that since I started a new book! (See tagged.) Sometimes it‘s the little things that mean the most. 😊📚

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes it is! Now whenever I know big storms are expected, I charge my kindle with the reading light....just in case. 2y
Annie1215 I hope you don‘t lose power! That‘s the worst feeling 2y
SW-T @Annie1215 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Luckliy the lights stayed on. I have a small portable lamp that puts out some serious light, but hubby moved it from its usual location and doesn‘t remember where it‘s at. Need to look for it.... 🙄 2y
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Currey
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Worthy historical fiction with new learnings for me regarding freed slaves searching for the families they had been stolen or sold away from. Wingates‘s two story line formula worked for me. The ending of the modern storyline was a touch forced but overall I enjoyed it.

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Revenge4bess
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Is this worth reading

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candc320
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This novel was AMAZING! It has everything I love about historical fiction: a compelling and unique view of history, characters that you can‘t help but fall in love with, and twists that leave you gasping. I listened to the audiobook at work and had to stop multiple times to keep from sobbing and embarrassing myself. Just beautifully written! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Cathy_J
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Excellent historic fiction! Inspired by the "Lost Friends" advertisements posted by freed slaves, desperate to reunite with family members following the Civil war. I experienced so many emotions reading this, it was so thought provoking - for both time periods actually (1875 and 1987). ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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a.bookish.byrd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AmyK1
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1. I read a lot of good books this month so I couldn‘t pick between the tagged, The Book Woman if Troublesome Creek, Just Mercy and Sing, Unburied Sing.
2. Just #bookspinbingo and #heycarrots

#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🌞📚 2y
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AmyK1
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“It‘s history. I‘m trying to impress upon my students that everyone has history. Just because we‘re not always happy with what‘s true doesn‘t mean we shouldn‘t know it. It‘s how we learn. It‘s how we do better in the future.”

This is another book about something I‘ve never heard of-the letters to lost friends published in newspapers after the Civil War. Ex slaves wrote them to try to find their lost relatives. Hannie‘s story was not always 👇🏻

AmyK1 Easy to read but it‘s so important to know it. Loved how Hannie‘s story connected to the storyline in 1987. (edited) 2y
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ashsbookmarks
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I loved Lisa Wingate‘s last novel and this one was no different! Go check out my review on my blog (ashsscript.com)
#TheBookofLostFriends #LisaWingate

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AmyK1
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The dream takes me from quiet sleep, same way it‘s done many a time, sweeps me up like dust.

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

Crazeedi Are you liking this book? I did! 2y
AmyK1 @Crazeedi I am! I‘m about half way done and really want to know how it all turns out. 2y
Crazeedi @AmyK1 perfect!! 2y
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Aswenson
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The ending of this felt a bit unsatisfying, and like it was trying too hard.
BUT I loved the premise and enjoyed the two stories and the real ads.

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MrsBibliophile
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I can't tell you how much I love this book! With all of the chatter about racism, I wanted to read something that honored slavery. There was so much about slavery that I hadn't considered. My life has been about as diverse as a bologna sandwich on white. Then we got stationed in the South and so much has been brought to my attention...

I loved the character development and the historically accurate information within.

📚📖 Happy Reading! 📖📚

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LLorta
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This is a great book! It was a little slow in the beginning, but worth it! The stories of the lost friends were engaging and very timely. I definitely recommend!

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niftytiffd
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Beautifully crafted story that weaves in historical elements of the aftermath of slavery with fictional characters you can‘t help but cheer for. The storyline bounces between two timelines (1870s & 1980s) and despite the decades of separation, the characters are strongly connected. I love how the ads that inspired this book gave voices to African Americans — in an era where they had none. Thanks to those ads, their voices are still heard today.

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LLorta
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“Lonely perches like a buzzard on my head.” What a great sentence! This one took me a little bit to get into, but what a great story!

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megnews
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After recently finishing Wingate‘s Before We Were Yours, I had high expectations for this novel. Based on a true part of American history, former enslaved people writing letters to a newspaper in search of family members torn from them, and with dual timelines, this novel had everything I‘d want to read. Maybe my expectations were too high. I felt like the true storyline of the Lost Friends didn‘t start until halfway through causing 👇🏻

megnews What felt like a rushed ending. The main characters didn‘t seem fully developed. Still, I gave this 4⭐️ on Goodreads as it‘s a story that needs to be told and Wingate‘s writing itself is moving. I‘d still recommend giving it a chance to know about this important piece of history. 2y
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megnews
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If you love Before We Were Yours or historical fiction with dual timelines in general, you‘ll love Wingate‘s newest as well and it‘s a kindle deal today. I‘m in the middle of my library ebook and it‘s due soon. May have to get this!

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marleed
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I immediately followed The Invention of Wings with this book. I am heartbroken thinking about the Lost Friends columns, this sad but important form of late 1800s social media. I believe I‘m a good and decent woman raised by a father that today we would refer to as an anti-racist, but as I read Lisa Wingate I can‘t help but wonder how much better I would be now had she created my American history lesson plans then.

#ReadTheUSA2020 Louisiana

Crazeedi It was a great book 2y
marleed @Crazeedi I can‘t stop thinking about those lost family columns complicated so often by the denied ability to read or write. 2y
megnews I‘m reading this now and it‘s so good. 2y
marleed @megnews Lisa Wingate does such a great job in teaching us lessons in American history. 2y
Crazeedi @marleed it's a sad part of the past. But we learn to become a better society from remembering 2y
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AmyK1
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The parks here opened on the 1st for walking/hiking only. So after walking 4.25 miles with the family @wideeyedreader and I decided we needed to check the bookstore near us to see if they were open. They were and we found some great deals! Excited about all of these. #bookhaul

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JHSiess
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—(••÷ 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 ÷••)—⁣
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𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐚 𝗪𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐞 follows 𝐁𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝗪𝐞 𝗪𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬 with another exquisitely constructed, deeply moving tale of family secrets set in the aftermath of the Civil War & more 100 years later.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐋𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬 is a must-read for historical fiction fans. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸: https://tinyurl.com/y8wex6zf

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JenReadsAlot
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#bookmail supported a favorite indie bookstore! @KLyn1 did you get your books yet?

KLyn1 Today!! Yay!! 2y
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JenlovesJT47
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The newest from Lisa Wingate is another 5-star read for me. This time, she tells the story of The Book of Lost Friends, through dual timelines in 1875 & 1987 in Louisiana. The book was a way for former slaves to track down family members they were separated from before and during the Civil War. I commend her for telling another story of people who shouldn‘t be forgotten. Highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction. 5⭐️

#HistoricalFiction

RebelReader I‘m reading this one right now and really enjoying it! 2y
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LatrelWhite
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Started the audiobook of this...so far so good!

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Lostinagoodbook
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Happy book birthday 🎉 to THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS by Lisa Wingate.
Excellent novel about the Lost Friends ads placed by ex-enslaved people in order to find their families.
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#bookreview #reading #bookbloggers #NetGalley

Full review at: https://lostnagoodbook.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/the-book-of-lost-friends-lisa-wi...