Yes, ANOTHER giveaway! This one is for one of my favorite recent historical fiction novels – I reviewed it here last week, but I’m sharing the description and my opinion again below! Giveaway information at the bottom of the post.
Also, the publisher has released a brand-new digital book club kit for Before We Were Yours which you can download here. The kit includes:
- A Note from Lisa
- Historical Images
- Food & drink ideas for book club events
- Q&A with Lisa
- A music playlist for book club events
- Discussion questions
BOOK INFORMATION AND REVIEW
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
(Ballantine – June 6, 2017)
Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale.
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 that the truth is much darker. 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 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—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.
Heartbreaking and historically accurate, this story 100% lives up to the descriptions of being for fans of Orphan Train and The Nightingale. This is being added to my “Best of 2017” list, as well as my “Best Historical Fiction” list – I anticipate it being a top book club pick for years and years to come.
Wingate has done a phenomenal job of creating a fictional family to entwine with the true story of Georgia Tann and her despicable methods of obtaining (stealing) children for profit through the Tennessee Children’s Home Society from the 1920s-1950s. The Foss family, as Wingate describes, are entirely fictional, as is Avery Stafford and the Stafford family. However, they represent the demographics of the families involved in this little-known horrible part of US history, and help this story reach an untold number of new readers. There is a very thorough author’s note (more like a chapter) at the end of the book answering the inevitable question, “How much of this story is true?” that will satisfy the most curious of readers (like me!).
Required reading this summer – order it or request from your library now!
Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC – all opinions are my own.
Yet again, we are running the giveaway on Instagram – here is the link and all the info to enter – good luck!!! It runs through Thursday, June 15 2017 at midnight CST.