Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours

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.

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