Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

Large Print - 2017
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"Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone on the family shantyboat one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must protect her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their home on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of the infamous Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. South Carolina, Present Day. Avery Stafford has lived a charmed life. Loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, she has a promising career as an assistant D.A. in Baltimore and is engaged to her best friend. But when Avery comes home to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with a stranger leaves her deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about the woman's life will take her on a journey through her family's long-hidden history" --
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432839123
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT FICTION Wingate Lisa 06/2017
Characteristics: 605 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.
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Apr 08, 2018

October @ Grace's

Apr 06, 2018

This story of a young Mississippi girl's attempt to keep her family intact parallels the
real life history of The Tennessee Orphan Society during the late 1930's through mid-1950.
The founder/ head of this organization profited from the abduction of children from destitute
families and "sale" to families able to pay for services. I, personally, found this fictionalized story overly maudlin; but am intrigued by the power and political clout and influence the real head of the T. S. O. exercised.

Apr 02, 2018

I loved learning about a part of history that I am not familiar with. I also loved the relationship between the sisters and how they coped and survived through hardships together.

Hazelnut Mar 20, 2018

Although the story is fictional it centers on the astonishing real life history of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage in Memphis. Rill Foss and her siblings are kidnapped and put in Georgia Tann’s orphanage to later be sold to wealthy families.
Switching from Rill’s story back in 1939 to Avery in present day the secrets of the past become unveiled.
This emotional and riveting tale is a must for book clubs.

Mar 01, 2018

I like when a book can teach you something about history while also telling you a good story. This will be a great read for people who love family stories that dip into the past and uncover secrets.

Feb 06, 2018

Plot written from two points of view....that of Rill later named May by her adoptive parents
and Avery the daughter of a Senator whose grandmother is now in a nursing home...utterly
heartbreaking....the novel is slow to start but does pick up.....

Jan 31, 2018

I couldn't get into at after the first two chapters, hard to follow, very disappointed.

Jan 13, 2018

A captivating story. A definite page-turner!

archreads Jan 09, 2018

This historical fiction account of the Tennessee Children's Home is well written and really interesting.

Dec 07, 2017

Great fictional account of criminal adoption crimes in Tennessee from '39-50's. If not for a couple dips into chick-lit style writing, this would be a 5 star book instead of 4 1/2 for me. Some of the prose are lyrical and the narration from the oldest of the kidnapped daughters is relateable and puts you in the action.

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AL_MARYA Jun 13, 2017

I clench my teeth so hard the pain travels all the way to the top of my head. I'm glad for it - it's just a little ache and I know where it comes from. I can stop it anytime I want. The one in my heart is way bigger. I can't fix it no matter how hard I try. It scares me so much that I can't even breathe.

"…the love of sisters needs no words. It does not depend on memories, or mementos or proof. It runs as deep as a heartbeat; it is as ever present as a pulse.


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