Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate
Editor: Penguin Putnam Inc
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Coming from the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – for the readers of the Orphan Train and Nightingale a “tale of reflection[and] complex on two families, two generations apartbased on a famous scandal experiencedMemphis, 1939Twelve-year-old Foss Rill and his four younger siblings live a magical life on board their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat.But when their father has to rush their mother to the hospital on a stormy night, Rill is left in charge–until the strangers arrive in force.Taken from everything familiar and thrown into the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, children of free software are assured that they will soon return to their parents–but they quickly realize the dark truth.At the mercy of the cruel warden, Rill struggles to keep her brother and sisters together in a world of danger and uncertainty.Aiken, South Carolina, todayBorn in wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have everything: a brilliant career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé and a sumptuous marriage on the horizon.But when Avery returns home to help her father in the face of a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with the awkward questions and forces her to take a journey through the long-hidden history of her family, on a path that will eventually lead to devastation or redemption.Based on one of the most notorious real scandals of the Americas–in which Georgia Tann, director of an organization focused on Memphis adoption, kidnapped and sold poor children to rich families across the country– Lisa Wingate riveting and heartbreaking, and ultimately edifying story reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets whereLibrary Journal let’s rent for before us were yours “A[history] of a lost and found familya poignant, captivating story about the love of siblings and the number of secretsBe one of the most convincing books to pick you up this year.Wingate is a master-stor.
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