Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

Large Print - 2017
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"Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone on the family shantyboat one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must protect her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their home on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of the infamous Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. South Carolina, Present Day. Avery Stafford has lived a charmed life. Loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, she has a promising career as an assistant D.A. in Baltimore and is engaged to her best friend. But when Avery comes home to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with a stranger leaves her deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about the woman's life will take her on a journey through her family's long-hidden history" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432839123
1432839128
Call Number: LARGE PRINT F WINGATE
Characteristics: 605 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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MillieBT
Feb 06, 2018

Plot written from two points of view....that of Rill later named May by her adoptive parents
and Avery the daughter of a Senator whose grandmother is now in a nursing home...utterly
heartbreaking....the novel is slow to start but does pick up.....

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ehwillett
Jan 31, 2018

I couldn't get into at after the first two chapters, hard to follow, very disappointed.

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bibliomum
Jan 13, 2018

A captivating story. A definite page-turner!

archreads Jan 09, 2018

This historical fiction account of the Tennessee Children's Home is well written and really interesting.

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wmtlady
Dec 07, 2017

Great fictional account of criminal adoption crimes in Tennessee from '39-50's. If not for a couple dips into chick-lit style writing, this would be a 5 star book instead of 4 1/2 for me. Some of the prose are lyrical and the narration from the oldest of the kidnapped daughters is relateable and puts you in the action.

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EmilyEm
Nov 27, 2017

Historical fiction that takes readers into the world of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and the notorious adoption market run there in the 1930s. Readers are taken back and forth from that time and place to present day South Carolina through the lives of Rill/May and Avery who connect through a misplaced bracelet. Interesting history, but story way, way, too predictable for me.

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pktab
Nov 20, 2017

This was a good book! Everything about it was so well written; the characters were all visible through the author's words. I definitely recommend it!

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r0cdjmg
Nov 16, 2017

Extremely well written and a very good story.

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MaryElizabeth17
Oct 28, 2017

This is an easy read based on true events surrounding stolen children in the 1930s. Interestingly, the young protagonist, Rill, is the best drawn character in the book. It made me want to know more about the real events on which the story is based. Highly recommended.

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pp47
Oct 07, 2017

this book is a very complex though sometimes painful to read. I have loved all of lisa W ingates novels esp. tending roses and PRAYER box AND STORY KEEPER

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AL_MARYA Jun 13, 2017

I clench my teeth so hard the pain travels all the way to the top of my head. I'm glad for it - it's just a little ache and I know where it comes from. I can stop it anytime I want. The one in my heart is way bigger. I can't fix it no matter how hard I try. It scares me so much that I can't even breathe.

"…the love of sisters needs no words. It does not depend on memories, or mementos or proof. It runs as deep as a heartbeat; it is as ever present as a pulse.

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