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Lisa Wingate

Autor/a de Before We Were Yours

45+ obres 11,194 Membres 550 Ressenyes 6 preferits

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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 mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys

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Obres de Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours (2017) 4,373 exemplars
The Book of Lost Friends (2020) — Narrador, algunes edicions1,243 exemplars
Tending Roses (2001) 550 exemplars
Talk of the Town (2008) 445 exemplars
Good Hope Road (2003) 315 exemplars
The Story Keeper (2014) 307 exemplars
The Language of Sycamores (2004) 306 exemplars
The Sea Keeper's Daughters (2015) 272 exemplars
Larkspur Cove (2011) 234 exemplars
Word Gets Around (2009) 216 exemplars
Never Say Never (2010) 193 exemplars
Drenched in Light (2006) 189 exemplars
The Summer Kitchen (2009) 174 exemplars
Blue Moon Bay (2012) 173 exemplars
A Month of Summer (2008) 169 exemplars
A Thousand Voices (1602) 169 exemplars
Firefly Island (2013) 130 exemplars
Wildwood Creek (2014) 128 exemplars
Dandelion Summer (2011) 120 exemplars
The Sea Glass Sisters (2013) 112 exemplars
Beyond Summer (2010) 105 exemplars
Texas Cooking (1824) 76 exemplars
The Tidewater Sisters (2014) 50 exemplars
Sisters (2016) 33 exemplars
The Sandcastle Sister (2015) 31 exemplars
Shelterwood: A Novel (2024) 15 exemplars
4689 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Stories from Suffragette City (2020) — Col·laborador — 87 exemplars

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Data de naixement
20th century
Gènere
female
Nacionalitat
USA
Llocs de residència
Texas, USA
Professions
journalist

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Nicely written story about a 20 year old girl who takes a road trip from Kansas to Oklahoma in search of her Choctow father.
 
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rolnickj | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | May 22, 2024 |
Very dark at times but very good
 
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libraryofemma | Hi ha 234 ressenyes més | 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 | Hi ha 234 ressenyes més | 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 | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Apr 13, 2024 |

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Obres
45
També de
1
Membres
11,194
Popularitat
#2,110
Valoració
4.0
Ressenyes
550
ISBN
354
Llengües
11
Preferit
6

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