This book is really a 10 star book. Yes, the characters are fiction but have been put into a story that is , sickeningly, all too real. Unaware of any of this history prior to reading this book, I am awed by the writing, devastated by the reality, heartened by the hope and humbled by the idea of the music that we all live by. The references to the ‘ music’ of our pasts, present and future, are breathtaking. To ms. Wingate, thank you for writing this story.
Fabulously written loved it
My hear raced as I read each page, anxious to know what was next for the children. Heart wrenching story written so well.
This story is everything other reviewer says: powerful, eye opening, amazing. I cried all day while reading it.
I stared this book a while back and set it aside partway through. It didn’t grab me in that initial sitting. I picked it back up a,d couldn’t put it down. Very compelling historical fiction.
One of the best books I have ever read!! It’s one you can’t put down......reading well into the night......and picking back up first thing in the morning over coffee!! What a story!! I feel so connected with the characters and their lives! Fluids of emotions! Didn’t want to book to end! ❤️❤️❤️
What a great read. Loved the writing and all of the characters. My only complaint.....it ended too soon.
Amazing based on horrible tragedies committed against orphans and poor children for over two decades. I could not put it down. Literally cried boohoo tears and that has t happened in a long time. Wonderfully written. Thank you for this important story.
Before We Were Yours is an emotional read. It is especially poignant given that it is based on historical events. The story is told by two narrators in different time periods; the story lines eventually intersect.
Ms. Wingate’s story is powerful. Her twelve-year-old narrator, Rill Foss tells the heart-wrenching story of the impact of the Georgia Tann/Tennessee Children’s Home Society scandal on her family. Juxtaposed to the abject poverty of the depression-era Foss family is the present day affluence of the Stafford family. While Avery Stafford is being groomed to follow in her family’s political footsteps as well as become the perfect southern wife, she is busy discovering her grandmother’s secrets. Along the way, Avery discovers a few things about herself, the person she wants to be, and the sort of person who deserves her partnership in life.
I loved Rill Foss’ story. Life on the river is simple, but her loving parents make it seem grand for her and her siblings. It is a compelling tale not only of family but also a widely unknown part of the Great Depression. I found present-day Avery Stafford’s story less interesting primarily because I would have expected a former federal prosecutor to have more sleuthing and deducing skills. Avery spends a lot of time perplexed by the evasive answers she receives from her grandmother and a mysterious senior in a nursing home. Avery also spends a great deal of time passively pondering her engagement to her childhood friend. I found this well-educated woman of means to be highly frustrating even though I know Avery’s story is drawn out to allow sufficient time for the Foss family drama to play out. It is not until Avery meets Trent Jr. that the modern day suspense builds to the point of almost equaling the heart-wrenching 1939 saga.
The historic facts are well researched, and the plot flows easily. The meddling moms are a fun addition to the modern day story. Fact and fiction are wonderfully woven together, and Ms. Wingate provides several research resources for readers who would like to investigate the historical aspects of this book further. Before We Were Yours is ultimately redemptive, but the book as a whole is sad and mournful. The story continues to haunt me, and I’m sure Before We Were Yours will long be a book I use as a comparison for future reads. #MustRead2018
The audiobook is fantastically narrated by Emily Rankin and Catherine Taber.
Interesting story, developed characters, and nice writing style. Highly recommended.
Wow! What a story! Thank you Lisa Wingate for writing this powerful tale so very well.
Slow to get started, confusing at the beginning. But I really liked it and enjoyed the characters towards the middle and end. I would recommend this book to most of my friends.