Sad but true life story
Before We Were Yours By Lisa Wingate, Quercus Publishing, $37
Before We Were Yours is based on a true story, which in a way isn’t easy to accept, because it’s a family story that’s immensely sad, but that delivers redemption in the final pages.
It’s 1939 in Memphis when five young children are separated from their parents and delivered to an orphanage that is being operated by a money-hungry charlatan who has little interest in the wellbeing of the children that her team snatch from their parents.
The children become separated from each other and mostly their new lives are fraught and lonely.
The story jumps to the present day and to a very privileged young woman, Avery Stafford, born into a family with high level political connections and a pristine history.
When her senator father takes ill she is recalled from her federal prosecutor role to help him out while he recovers. While back home she chances on some information that doesn’t ring true to her knowledge of the family’s past, in particular her mother. Avery pursues the scraps of an alternative past and eventually all is revealed.
An endearing and heart wrenching story that is mostly true. Sad but true.
Lisa Wingate has delivered a fine piece of history wrapped up in a family’s plight and redemption.