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Lisa Wingate

Autor(a) de Before We Were Yours

45+ Works 11,152 Membros 548 Críticas 6 Favorited

About the Author

Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker and a national bestselling author. Recently, Lisa's Blue Sky Hill Series received national attention with back-to-back nominations for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award for A Month mostrar mais of Summer (2009) and The Summer Kitchen (2010). In 2011, Lisa's Novel, Never Say Never, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award. Lisa is also the author of The Tending Roses, Daily Texas, Moses Lake, and the Texas Hill Country Series. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours (2017) 4,357 exemplares
The Book of Lost Friends (2020) — Narrador, algumas edições1,238 exemplares
Tending Roses (2001) 547 exemplares
Talk of the Town (2008) 445 exemplares
Good Hope Road (2003) 314 exemplares
The Story Keeper (2014) 305 exemplares
The Language of Sycamores (2004) 304 exemplares
The Sea Keeper's Daughters (2015) 271 exemplares
Larkspur Cove (2011) 233 exemplares
Word Gets Around (2009) 215 exemplares
Never Say Never (2010) 192 exemplares
Drenched in Light (2006) 188 exemplares
Blue Moon Bay (2012) 174 exemplares
The Summer Kitchen (2009) 173 exemplares
A Month of Summer (2008) 166 exemplares
A Thousand Voices (1602) 166 exemplares
Firefly Island (2013) 130 exemplares
Wildwood Creek (2014) 128 exemplares
Dandelion Summer (2011) 120 exemplares
The Sea Glass Sisters (2013) 112 exemplares
Beyond Summer (2010) 105 exemplares
Texas Cooking (1824) 76 exemplares
The Tidewater Sisters (2014) 50 exemplares
Sisters (2016) 33 exemplares
The Sandcastle Sister (2015) 31 exemplares
A Sandy's Seashell Shop Christmas (2014) 22 exemplares
Shelterwood: A Novel (2024) 15 exemplares
4689 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Stories from Suffragette City (2020) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th century
Locais de residência
Texas, USA



WBCLIB | 5 outras críticas | May 3, 2024 |
WBCLIB | 8 outras críticas | May 3, 2024 |
Very dark at times but very good
libraryofemma | 234 outras críticas | Apr 18, 2024 |
This was a heartbreaking book, even though some things are resolved in the end.

The story is read by two narrators who each voice a character telling the tale of the real-life Tennessee Children's Home Society, an adoption agency in Memphis, which notoriously used kidnapping and lies to steal poor children from their parents and essentially sell them to wealthy parents from the 1920's to 1950.

The earlier timeline relates the story of fictional twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings who live aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty boat. In 1939, their father must rush their mother to the hospital, and Rill is left in charge. The next morning, Memphis police (the director of the orphanage paid police to round up children for her) arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are told they will soon be returned to their parents, but it doesn't take long for the two older children, Rill and ten-year-old Camellia, to realize the awful truth -- there is no getting out of what is essentially a prison. The children are slowly broken apart and given up for adoption to wealthy families in other parts of the country.

The later story tells the tale of Avery Stafford, a successful prosecutor who has recently returned to Aiken, SC to help out her ill father and his Senate campaign. While visiting a nursing home with her father, she stumbles upon a mystery involving a woman who claims to know her grandmother. Avery's story isn't as interesting and her part of the narration drags in places. But it serves to bring the story of the Foss children up to the present day, while also telling the dark history of the Tennessee Children's Home Society.

The narrator who voiced Rill was fantastic -- I felt the story was greatly improved by her narration. Avery's narrator wasn't as good, but she told Avery's story well. I sometimes wished I could have read those parts, since I read faster to myself than she could narrate, and I wanted to get back to Rill's story as fast as I could.

All in all, a good book and I give it 4 stars in LibraryThing, though I gave it 5 stars on Audible.
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janoorani24 | 234 outras críticas | Apr 17, 2024 |



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