WINNER of Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 Best Historical Fiction Award
The eye-opening and uplifting runaway New York Times Bestseller, with the biggest of themes: love, loss and responsibility.
With over 4200 5* reviews on Amazon.com, here is what readers are saying about Before We Were Yours:
'If I could give this book 50 stars I would.'
Memphis, Tennessee, 1939
Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a charmed but humble 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...
Aiken, South Carolina, present day
Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career, 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, Before We Were Yours is a riveting, wrenching and ultimately uplifting tale.
'Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation's history and weaves a tale of enduring power'
Paula McLain, bestselling author of Circling the Sun