Book Review: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Title: Before We Were Yours
By: Lisa Wingate
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 480
Release Date: November 30th, 2017
Publisher: Quercus
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary from Goodreads: Memphis, Tennessee, 1939
Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge, until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents. But they quickly realize the dark truth...
Aiken, South Carolina, present day
Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career, a handsome fiancĂ©, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals, in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country, Before We Were Yours is a riveting, wrenching and ultimately uplifting tale.

Review: Sobbing... Totally sobbing... I loved how this book made me feel, and to think that the story, although fiction, was based on real events. It was heartbreaking to read with this in mind. Although the story was killing me inside, the ending left me with a little bit of closure. Totally worth the read. 

This book is based in Tennessee, so if you are needing a book for your around the country challenge, this is a great one to read. 

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