4 star reviews, Book reviews, contemporary fiction, Women's Fiction

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

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If you loved Christina Baker Kline’s “Orphan Train”, you might like this. Based on the true story of Georgia Tann who ran the Tennessee Children’s Home. Eleanor Roosevelt sought out Ms. Tann’s advice on orphans. Many in the government and many rich and famous turned a blind eye to Ms. Tann’s practice of kidnapping children from poor families to place them with rich families. Joan Crawford (Mommie Dearest) adopted her daughter, Christina, from Ms. Tann. As if kidnapping was not terrible enough, the children were often beaten, starved, tortured and molested before they were adopted.

This fictional account of 5 siblings abducted by Ms. Tann and the current day senator’s daughter who uncovers the truth, is powerful and poignant. A must read for anyone who loved “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarity or “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline.

4/5 stars



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