- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 14 hours and 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Quercus
- Audible.com Release Date: November 30, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07751JZLS
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Before We Were Yours
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From the '30s to 1950, a woman named Georgia Tann, who ran the (Memphis) Tennessee Children's Home Society, stole poor children from their families and newborn babies from single mothers and sold them to celebrities, politicians and others who could afford them. It was all done under the guise of helping orphaned and abandoned children find good homes, but it was actually human trafficking.
Avery Stafford finds a puzzling photograph that leads her into an ever more confusing story of secrets and lies inside her upright, respected family. Along the way, she starts to question the man her family has picked for her to marry and her expected role within the family. What follows is a heartwarming story of love, betrayal, memories and staying true to your heart. In addition to the well developed characters and background love story, I liked the realistic view into the 1930s.
I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot about a dark time in our history, when being poor was enough to have a family ripped apart forever.
The chapters about the unfortunate children are riveting and well worth the read. The intervening chapters about Avery Stafford, a member of an image-conscious family who would rather not dig up the past, almost seemed to be written by a different author. Avery's story was stereotyped and contrived, and even came complete with a handsome love interest.
As the book proceeded I began to skim the Avery chapters and so I did enjoy the other portions of the book.
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I really enjoyed the story and historical background of the book. Read it in one day because it was so interesting.