I hadn’t heard of Lisa Wingate and not really being familiar with historical novels, I did my research. The synopsis states that this novel is “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”. I knew of the Orphan Trains, but that little gem escaped me.
Once I started reading ‘Before We Were Yours’ I could not set it down. Fascinating, enthralling, mesmerizing and so very sad at times. Sometimes, I just can’t believe some of the things we humans do to each other in the name of greed. I don’t cry easily, I can count one hand the number of times a book has brought tears to my eyes. This is one that did. Poignant and powerful story and mind blowing. Very impactful and very well written. Wingate has a true gift for reporting/story telling.
I encourage sharing this book, it’s beyond compelling.
Thanks to Lisa Wingate and Random House for a free Advance Reader’s Edition for my review.