In 1939, twelve year old Rill Foss and her siblings enjoy life on the river, but that is life is ripped from them one night when strangers arrive at the Arcadia. Life as they knew it will never be the same. Now residents of the Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, Rill and her siblings face an uncertain future.
Now, Avery Stafford has returned home to Aiken, South Carolina to fill the shoes of her highly respected and successful political father. During a public appearance at a nursing home facility, she has a strange encounter with an elderly resident. That chance encounter leads Avery on a journey into her family's past to unearth secrets that may be best left buried.
Before We Were Yours is an absolutely riveting story that was a five star read for me. I was so drawn into the characters and the plot line. I was not familiar with Georgia Tann or the Tennessee Children's Home Society in Memphis and found it shocking the acts that occurred. I also had not read Lisa Wingate's books before and now have added a good amount to my "to read" list.
I received this book courtesy of Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.