Before We Were Yours Book Club Review

Inside:  Looking for a good read for your book club?  Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours was definitely a hit at my book club.  I don’t think you’ll regret choosing it either.  Plus, tips on starting a book club of your own!


Starting a Book Club

First off, I have to say that I love reading, but I really love historical fiction.

Fiction that is based on a true story just seems so much more fascinating to me. Take a true story and put it in the hands of a talented fiction writer and it’s a recipe for a great read.  Lisa Wingate, the author of Before We Were Yours, weaves a tale of two families, generations apart, who are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice.

No sharing of any spoilers, but I will say that it was a big hit at my book club.

Tip:  Starting a book club can be a great way to meet people and read some amazing books you might not otherwise have chosen.   If you want to get your own book club off the ground, check out my top tips for starting a book club at the bottom of the post.

From the Book Jacket

— Memphis, 1939.
Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force.

Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth.

At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

— Aiken, South Carolina, present day.
Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiance, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

My Book Club

My book club of women my age boasts a broad mix of social, political, and religious views. Everyone agreed that they loved this book. This rarely happens in a book club of 10 women.  This book is a great one to read and discuss whether at a book club, or across the dinner table.  

It was one of those that you just couldn’t put down.  Suspense, heartbreak, hope, and redemption.  And it’s based on a true story to boot.  Go read it right now…

Before We Were Yours Review

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