Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Born into a world of wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all. A loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, with her own ambitious career as a lawyer and a handsome fiancé waiting for her in Baltimore, she has lived a charmed life. But when Avery returns to Aiken to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with May Bonher, an elderly woman she's never met before, leaves Avery deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about May's life will take her on a journey through her family's long-hidden history, illuminating the heart of Avery's story. Based on the true story of a system of orphanages that was ultimately deemed responsible for the kidnapping and selling of thousands of children in illegal adoptions, in this story Wingate has created a riveting, heart-wrenching read.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780425284681
0425284689
Characteristics: 342 pages

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kamiaho
Apr 08, 2018

October @ Grace's

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orange_lobster_23
Apr 06, 2018

This story of a young Mississippi girl's attempt to keep her family intact parallels the
real life history of The Tennessee Orphan Society during the late 1930's through mid-1950.
The founder/ head of this organization profited from the abduction of children from destitute
families and "sale" to families able to pay for services. I, personally, found this fictionalized story overly maudlin; but am intrigued by the power and political clout and influence the real head of the T. S. O. exercised.

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squirrelee
Apr 02, 2018

I loved learning about a part of history that I am not familiar with. I also loved the relationship between the sisters and how they coped and survived through hardships together.

Hazelnut Mar 20, 2018

Although the story is fictional it centers on the astonishing real life history of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage in Memphis. Rill Foss and her siblings are kidnapped and put in Georgia Tann’s orphanage to later be sold to wealthy families.
Switching from Rill’s story back in 1939 to Avery in present day the secrets of the past become unveiled.
This emotional and riveting tale is a must for book clubs.

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becker
Mar 01, 2018

I like when a book can teach you something about history while also telling you a good story. This will be a great read for people who love family stories that dip into the past and uncover secrets.

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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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Jan 20, 2018

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Sep 26, 2017

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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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