Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Apr 28, 2021

This is a great story. I skim-read it because there was too much dialogue and it tended to drag.

Apr 27, 2021

Was such a touching story of sisters! Reminded me relationships I have between my two sisters, especially Kailey Rose!
Rated 5/5 stars!

Apr 20, 2021

Story of The Tennessee Childrens Home in Tennessee ran by Georgia Tann--truly a wicked woman who stole babies/children to allow wealthy parents to adopt them. It is difficult to believe there are such truly evil people who get by with such vileness for manyh years.

Mar 24, 2021

A heart-breaking look at ageism from the children's end of the spectrum.
A painful but uplifting tale of heroism clouded by time and secrecy.

Mar 20, 2021

This story is written in present tense which is my least favorite style, therefore I did not rate it as highly as I would have if it were written in past tense.

Mar 20, 2021

Audrey recommendation.

Feb 22, 2021

It was a bit too much for me,
very good read,but just too sad for me.

Feb 16, 2021

Heart wrenching and beautiful.

Feb 01, 2021

This was absolutely heart wrenching, but I couldn't put it down. The mystery in investigating lost family history was absolutely captivating, for it touched on the deepest soul questions about true roots and belonging. This book portrayed senseless crimes against children and families at the hands of the Tennessee Children's Home Society in disturbing detail, but interwoven in the heartbreak were stories of those children grown, having found immeasurable capacity for resilience and motivation to make the best of new lives.

Feb 01, 2021

Novel based upon a true story in Memphis. Unbelievable that this went on for nearly 27 years. Higher ups turned their heads! Like happening today! Now, you must read the true accounts of those children who were victims of Georgia Tann in BEFORE AND AFTER. Excellent and educational.

Jan 22, 2021

Family loses one another and searches for their former family. Good read.

Jan 03, 2021

What 512cadcock said.

Dec 31, 2020

Loved how the narration for this book switched from first person (Princess of the Arcadia shanty boat in the 1930s) to their grandchildren’s generation uncovering a long lost story. Had me turning pages and too intrigued to put it down. A beautiful coming of age story of hard times and love and triumph in the face of hardship. This was a true 5 star book for me and I look forward to reading other books from this author in the future.

Dec 22, 2020

Great book, interesting writing.

Dec 20, 2020

Just amazing! I couldn't put it down. Each chapter was in a different voice but you picked up right where you left off each time the next started. I loved every bit of this book.

Dec 18, 2020

Before We Were Yours is a heart wrenching story focusing on the crimes of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society at the hands of Georgia Tann. This novel is based on a true story. The author manages to incorporate the seriousness of the crimes that Ms. Tann committed, with amazing historical accuracy, while also adding her own style to the story. This novel focuses on a series of illegal adoptions carried out by Ms. Tann in the early to mid 1900’s. Fans of the historical fiction, non-fiction, drama, and thriller genres will appreciate this story of love, loss, and the importance of justice. However, due to the fact that this book is based on a true story, there may be some scenes that readers find violent; therefore, please take caution when reading this book if you are not comfortable with violence. @avidreader16 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 17, 2020

A good read

Nov 16, 2020

Disturbing but fascinating book based on a page in history, The Tennessee Childrens' Home Society, a network run by Georgia Tann. Children were kidnapped from families, placed in orphanages and treated like animals, then sold off to wealthy families. This story involves 5 siblings, and the oldest' search for her brothers and sisters into old age.

Oct 30, 2020

take off list as
I have already read this book

Oct 05, 2020

I always looked forward to picking this book up to see where the story would take me. I did not know the horrors of this story, I am glad it was able to be brought to light. I thought the love story line was unnecessary but I could just be cynical- I recommend as a read.

Sep 29, 2020

Before We Were Yours is the second book I’ve read recently that was narrated from several perspectives, one of them being a granddaughter searching for her grandmother’s secrets. The granddaughter in Before We Were Yours was Avery Stafford. Her grandmother’s secret involved adoption, the Tennessee Children’s Home and Georgia Tan. The story was historical fiction, but it was based on the real person, Georgia Tan, and the illegal adoption ring that she ran based in Tennessee. The second narration was by Rill Foss, a twelve-year old child who was a fictional composite of children who lived in the Tennessee Children’s Home in 1939. The plot was multifaceted, including the historical theme, plus those of adoption, sibling relationships and social status. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook and was deeply moved by the story.

Sep 27, 2020

Historical fiction about a family of children stolen from their parents and their experience at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage. The story is told from two characters point of view. Rill Foss’s character was well portrayed and inspiring. This is a tough story to read because it’s based from real events in history but there is a hopeful note that weaves throughout the story and makes this a good read.

Sep 26, 2020

It started a little slow but became hard to put down. The story is told from two different view points and different points in time. I found myself loving the story from the past, but by the end of the book, longing to read what was happening in the present. I love the different character point-of-view narratives. It was heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. To think this children's home really existed is unbelievable.

Sep 20, 2020

The incredibly sad story of children who were taken from their family and put into adoption in Tennessee by Georgia Tann. Lives were broken and eternally changed. But some seemed to overcome even the worst circumstances and thrive.

Sep 18, 2020

A compelling read based on real life events surrounding a Tennessee adoption agency. A real eye opener into some sad US history.

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