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“Before We Were Yours” is a captivating and intriguing novel. For those who enjoy historical fiction based on true stories, this book is an excellent choice.
In the storyline set in the years 1939-1944, readers will witness the harsh life of the Foss family on a boat on the Mississippi River. The abduction and trafficking of children are cruel aspects of the world overseen by Georgia Tann. Life in the orphanage is a unimaginable nightmare, as children are separated from their families, lose their identities, and are forced to live in harsh conditions.
Meanwhile, the story set in 2017 focuses on Avery Stafford, a successful young lawyer. When Avery uncovers a family secret from the past, she embarks on a journey of discovery and exploration of her own history. These secrets lead her to the presence of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage and open up a quest to uncover the truth behind everything.
The book skillfully combines these two storylines, creating an emotionally charged and enticing blend that piques readers’ curiosity. Lisa Wingate demonstrates her storytelling prowess and vividly portrays a dark part of American history. The story encompasses the wonders of love and hope while raising questions about acceptance and the struggle for justice.
“Before We Were Yours” has become one of the bestselling books and has received positive reviews from critics and readers alike. It is a book that cannot be missed if you are interested in an emotionally rich narrative and an exploration of the past.