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Lisa Wingate

Autor(a) de Before We Were Yours

45+ Works 11,195 Membros 550 Reviews 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 de Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours (2017) 4,374 cópias
The Book of Lost Friends (2020) — Narrador, algumas edições1,244 cópias
Tending Roses (2001) 550 cópias
Talk of the Town (2008) 445 cópias
Good Hope Road (2003) 315 cópias
The Story Keeper (2014) 307 cópias
The Language of Sycamores (2004) 306 cópias
The Sea Keeper's Daughters (2015) 272 cópias
Larkspur Cove (2011) 234 cópias
Word Gets Around (2009) 216 cópias
Never Say Never (2010) 193 cópias
Drenched in Light (2006) 189 cópias
The Summer Kitchen (2009) 174 cópias
Blue Moon Bay (2012) 173 cópias
A Month of Summer (2008) 169 cópias
A Thousand Voices (1602) 169 cópias
Firefly Island (2013) 130 cópias
Wildwood Creek (2014) 128 cópias
Dandelion Summer (2011) 120 cópias
The Sea Glass Sisters (2013) 112 cópias
Beyond Summer (2010) 105 cópias
Texas Cooking (1824) 76 cópias
The Tidewater Sisters (2014) 50 cópias
Sisters (2016) 33 cópias
The Sandcastle Sister (2015) 31 cópias
Shelterwood: A Novel (2024) 15 cópias
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Associated Works

Stories from Suffragette City (2020) — Contribuinte — 87 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

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



Nicely written story about a 20 year old girl who takes a road trip from Kansas to Oklahoma in search of her Choctow father.
rolnickj | outras 6 resenhas | May 22, 2024 |
Very dark at times but very good
libraryofemma | outras 234 resenhas | 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 | outras 234 resenhas | Apr 17, 2024 |
What a powerful, eye opening read. I knew about "The Trail of Tears", but not of the land, Oklahoma!

This is a dual time read, and I loved how the author seamlessly wove this story together.

Be sure to read the author's notes at the end!

This read opens your eyes to the greed that goes through the ages, and those that have never have enough, and don't care about whom they hurt getting it. Unfortunately, in the early 1900's it was children, and we though the eyes of the author meet this children and get to know some of them.

There are surprises, and then wow surprises, and most you won't see coming!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Ballantine Books, and was not required to give a positive review.
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alekee | outras 3 resenhas | Apr 13, 2024 |



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