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      Before We Were Yours
      by Lisa Wingate

      📕 Before We Were Yours · CLICK HERE 📕

      • Format: hardcover, 342 pages
      • Release date: June 6, 2017
      • Genres: fiction, historical, adult, family, adoption, contemporary
      • Places: Memphis, Tennessee, South Carolina
      • Awards: Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction (2017) and Nominee for Best of the Best (2018)
      • Author: Lisa Wingate
      • ISBN: 9780425284681 (0425284689)
      • Publisher: Ballantine Books
      • Language: english

      About The Book

      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.

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