Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
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The story of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate audiobook
starts in 1939, in Memphis. Everything begins in the bosom of a family with five children, Rill Foss among them, which live aboard in the family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. Their happy lives come to an end on a stormy night, when their father has to take their mother to the hospital and Rill is left in charge. However, some strangers arrive and take the kids to a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage. Although people there promised them that they will join their parents in the future, that doesn’t happen, and Rill will try to keep her siblings together while they suffer the horrors of the facility’s cruel director.
Later on, the story moves to Aiken, South Caroline, in the present day, with Avery Stafford, a woman that has an almost perfect life, with a successful career, a handsome fiancé and a wealthy family. Her life is interrupted when she has to take care of her father, who is having health issues, and she ends up investigating her family’s long-hidden history, after she has a chance encounter that leaves her with multiple questions.
The audiobook is based in the important American real-life scandal of Gergia Tann
, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, who dedicated her life to kidnap and sell children to wealthy families.
“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”.
ReviewBefore We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate audiobook
relates a heart-breaking story that is based in real on the real life events of the Tennessee Children Home Society
, where thousands of children that had been kidnapped were sold to rich families by Georgia Tann.
The audiobook alternates two storylines, the one in 1939 and the one in the present day, which slowly start to connect while you go deeper into the story. On the one side, we have the events that children had to go through, which are moving, and you are able to feel what they feel while you are reading. Children in the Home Society were starved, humiliated, beaten and even raped. Those who survived were sold and separated from their families, in case they had siblings.
On the other side we have the story in the present that is less dramatic and more enjoyable. While Avery discovers the truth about her past which is connected to what happened in Tennessee, she falls in love and finds true love.
The power of this story resides in the truth that it is telling us. Although the characters are fictional, we know that thousands of children went through this suffering and that hundreds of families were separated, leaving parents without their kids.
When you do an investigation about the topic and see the numbers and the outcome of the events, where none of the guilty people behind this atrocity were punished, the anger you feel grows. It is horrible to think that so many people suffered from this, while other ones were happy with their new children, and that even famous stars, like Joan Crawford
“adopted” children from there.
This is a highly recommended eye opening story to all of those people who want to learn and discover the dark places the human being is capable to go for money.
Must Read Books That You Must Finish Before The Year Ends
Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate. It is the heart-breaking story of two families that were changed due to injustice. The story has two parallel storylines that end up coming together and show that few blanks remain blanks forever.
Are characters in Before We Were Yours fictional?
Although characters in the audiobook are fictional, what they went through is exactly the same more than 5,000 kids suffered under the yoke of Georgia Tann.
Do you recommend Before we were yours for sensitive people?
The audiobook has sensitive topics like child abuse, starvation and humiliation, but the scenes are not excessively graphic, because the author does not need to do them like that to transmit the feelings of the characters. If you are okay with crying a couple times during the story, the book is completely recommended!
Everything that was portrayed in the book was true?
In order to write the story, the author did a good research about the events. The characters are fictional, but all the illegal things made by Gerogia Tann, her companions and the buyers are completely true.