Before We Were Yours
| Before We Were Yours |
|2019-04-03 08:53 Shenzhen Daily|
In Memphis, 1939, 12-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings* live a magical 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.
Pulled away 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. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.
Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor*, a handsome fiance, 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 prompts her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will 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 — Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and finally uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.