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Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours

By Lisa Wingate

  • Release Date: 2017-06-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 6,872 Ratings


THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—Over two million copies sold! A New York TimesUSA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Look for Lisa Wingate’s powerful new historical novel, The Book of Lost Friends, available now!

“Poignant, engrossing.”—People • “Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.”—Paula McLain

Memphis, 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. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, 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—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Publishers Weekly’s #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017  Winner of the Southern Book Prize  If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection

This edition includes a new essay by the author about shantyboat life.


  • Before We Were Yours

    By zimm45
    Can't believe this horrible act happened to children and their families, story broke my heart 😥
  • Very moving story

    By bbrounes1964
    The characters come alive in this moving novel that takes place 80 years ago and in the present day.
  • Near to my heart!

    By Pitty Pat Gamer
    My mom was an orphan . Her mother died shortly after her birth from the 1918 flu epidemic. Her father was not well either. He realized he couldn’t care for a newborn baby girl and 4 other older children. Mom was adopted by a local family, while other children were raised in an orphanage. Mom was fortunate because her parents provided her with a wonderful life. This story explained so much of her feelings and the other children. The story is compelling and I love it to the very last page. Highly recommend that you read it. “Dance to your own music in life! “
  • Before We Were Yours

    By BogusBasin
    A perfect way to connect with and learn from the past.
  • Wow

    By Mondragonwife15
    What an amazing book.
  • Amazing book

    By laugh_love_lift
    The only down side of this book is you can’t put it down. You can’t stop reading it. So don’t start if you have things to do. It is been a while since I clicked with the book. English is my second language, so sometimes it is hard for me to get in to the reading, but this book... I can “see and feel it”.
  • Amazing Book

    By PLiane
    I wasn’t able to put this book down. The tale is incredible yet heartbreaking but so very well written! I’ve found a new author to follow!
  • Excellent story only sad to know it is based on true events.

    By vakate222
    The story is captivating. A must read
  • Incredible read!!

    By Kim Guined
    I could not put this book down. Simply amazing.
  • Before We were yours

    By Big Sweet NV
    Great book!