Before We Were Yours

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lisa Wingate
Narrator: Emily Rankin
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: October 2018
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 14 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT--A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a "thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal."*

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-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. 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. 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 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--Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

* Library Journal

Publishers Weekly's #3 Longest-Running Bestseller of 2017 - Winner of the Southern Book Prize - If All Arkansas Read the Same Book Selection

"A [story] of a family lost and found . . . a poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets." --People

"Sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you'll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann's legacy." -- Parade

"One of the year's best books . . . It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel." --The Huffington Post

Reviews (123)

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Written by Nancy P. on November 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful book and wonderful Narration

Written by Stephanie B. on October 31st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I never listen to a book twice. I started listening to this one again...and it’s even better than the 1st time! Amazing. Recommending it to all my friends.

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Written by Anonymous on October 11th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This Such a great book. The narrator was exceptional . Such a Great story but such a sad history.

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Written by Virginia F. on October 8th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

WOW - An amazing book. The narration was great and brought the book to life. A must read.

Written by Heather C. on October 6th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

wonderful, thrilling, couldn't stop listening.

Written by Fredrika H. on October 6th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow to know this type of thing went on.... just wow

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Written by K O. on October 2nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was fantastic. I just wish it touched a little more on the history of Gabion. I was not informed of the events of the Georgia Tann before this read. The description of the operation of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society made me sick to my stomach. After reading this, I did research on Miss Tann. This woman knew exactly what she was doing. She went to law school and passed the bar while following in her father footsteps. Her father was known as a dominating force while holding a career as a Judge. She used connections to begin child trafficking. This book was by far one of my favorites. My heart goes out to all who were affected by this woman. I will hold these children and families in my heart.

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Written by Alicia M. on September 8th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book was written in a way that keeps you locked in the entire time. The story was really amazing and the narration was as well. I would highly recommend this book.

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Written by Jacqueline H. on August 20th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Oh my gosh! I was able to drive 800 miles in one day because I was listening to this book. I even continued to listen when I left the car. Riveting. Touching. These characters, Mae, Fern, Gabien, Avery, Trent are now part of my soul.

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Written by Anonymous on August 20th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful summer read. Then finding out that it was based on truth was sobering. Well written. The love interest was a bit soap opera - ish but overall the book was great. Highly recommended.

Author Details

Author Details

Wingate, Lisa

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and the author of more than twenty mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller "Tending Roses", now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol Award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novel "Blue Moon Bay" was a Booklist Top Ten of 2012 pick. Recently the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Wingate, Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.