Book Review Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate
Here we find two families, seemingly unrelated based on economic wealth and political status in present day South Carolina. But history tells a different story and Wingate writes a beautiful tale of families lost and found.
Using the true life tragedy of stolen babies and children in the 1930’s at the Tennessee Children’s Society, Before We Were Yours is a fictional story that begins in the deep Tennessee back water and ends in a high-powered South Carolina political family.
Before We Were Yours, follows the lives of one family and the eldest daughter Rill. When her mother is rushed to the hospital to deliver twins in 1939, Rill is left on their river boat to care for the rest of the children. Soon a “policeman” arrives and tells Rill their mother is waiting for them at the hospital. This is of course not true and the men steal all five children in the night and take them to the Tennessee Children’s Society. They will never see their parents again.
Some of the children will not survive the horrors of the Tennessee Children’s Society. Other’s eventually are adopted, their names changed and histories altered. Only Rill is old enough to remember the life they had together on the river.
Fast forward to present day South Carolina, where Avery Stafford is born to wealth and privilege, following her parents and grandparents paths into politics and always doing what is expected of her in the old southern family of Stafford.
Avery meets an old women named Mae and her life takes a big turn as she unwittingly begins to unravel a mystery about her family – one that could ruin both her father’s and her political careers- the truth of where they came from. A long dark hidden secret of a happy family Before We Were Yours.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Four stars for Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours
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