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Before We Were Yours

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Two alternate stories, one in the past narrated by a young girl, whose brother and three sisters were taken from their parents and brought to this horrible place. Avery goes on a quest to learn the truth and to find out what connection this woman, May, has with her family. Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Before We Were Yours is written from two people's perspective, in the first-person and present tense, and each chapter flips between modern-day and 1939. BEFORE WE WERE YOURS takes the reader on a heartbreaking, but mesmerizing journey depicting shocking truths about the real life Tennessee Children's Home Society that was active from the 1920's thru 1950.

I tuned in and immediately became fascinated by the bizarre, tragic, and startling history of Georgia Tann and her Memphis branch of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society.Nothing takes you from thirty years old to thirteen faster than your mother's voice rebounding up the stairs like a tennis ball after a forehand slice. Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate is based of a shocking piece of history of the American south. Avery is left to follow the cryptic clues if she wants to unearth her grandmother's secrets, knowing it may be the downfall of her highly public family.

I can't quite give it 5 stars as I felt that the romantic thread in the current story diluted the story a bit for me . My main caveat - and hence 4 instead of 5* - is that the ending is just a tad too saccharine: those who had been forceably removed from their parents all did well and appeared to have none of the residual traumas that some might be expected to experience whilst Avery appears to be set up as 'happy ever after'. The story of the main characters was fiction but based on what really happened to many of the children in this orphanage. Even though I thought it was a long read (needed editing), it just seemed so fast so many things were wrapped up too quickly with a bow.I didn’t really enjoy this book, though I did prefer the chapters about the river children to the present day chapters. The two ( main) protagonists are Avery ( present day) and Rill ( a 12 yr old child in 1939, oldest of 5 children and born on the Mississippi). I don't read a lot of non fiction so I really appreciate when a novel can enlighten me on things that happened that I wouldn't have otherwise known about . Like so many others, I was completely unaware of the existence of this illegal adoption agency and the wide-spread corruption that allowed these child traffickers to prosper for so many years.

uk/landing-page/quercus/quercus-company-information/">The data controller is Quercus Editions Ltd. Their parents have to go to the hospital due to complications with their mother's pregnancy and childbirth. We have two stories that unfold here; while one family is literally being ripped apart, a member of another family discovers truths about herself and an unbelievable family secret. As the story progressed it became increasingly chilling and I was almost picking it up with dread at the prospect of discovering what on earth was going to happen next. Some of us thought LISA WINGATE spent a little too much time on that and it created too much drama for some of us.Avery is a central character, but she can’t compete with Rill, so the author wisely fattens up her part of the story with a little romance, which kept her character from simply becoming a means to an end. She is also sure that there are more secrets to her grandmother’s life that she wants to learn about feeling that her grandmother’s memory is slowly slipping away and there is a limited amount of time to uncover the truth. Should you require additional information about any of our listed items, please feel free to contact us. They had to deny who they are and accept their fate, but Rill never gave up hope of finding home again.

Many of the children’s names were changed and records destroyed so the children could not later be traced or found. What drew me back in, over and over again, was that I still found myself wanting to know what had happened to this family, and especially to Rill. I put these phrases in quotes because the character in question, Avery, has no passion, no feelings for either men, and the idea of her being in love with anyone is frankly laughable. The children were first taken to a kind of halfway house where they were starved, beaten and even molested.

But the total presentation still bothers me, particularly the "heroine" of the contemporary story, who might have stepped out of a romance novel. I found every time I had to put the book down I was trying to work out when I could pick it back up and carry on. She has been summoned to attend political functions and events with him and be the “dutiful daughter. Her story is heartbreaking, and though hers is a made up character her story is representative of many that were factual. I'm still basking in the afterglow, in shock at the true-crime elements, in awe at the journey of these characters who seem to have immortal souls.

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