If you are looking for a great read this weekend, look no further than “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate.
Without giving too much of the story away, this novel does a wonderful job of chronicling a present day powerful political family from South Carolina while giving equal merit to a second story line which portrays the fate of children from a poor family in the 1940’s in Tennessee.
The historical part of the book is based on the actual Tennessee Children’s Home an organization that took in orphans and children of poor families from the 1920’s-1950 and then put these children up for adoption. Some of these children were taken from their familial homes in circumstances we would today consider unlawful, and many of the children suffered within the system.
However, this tale is ultimately an uplifting story about the power of love and the connection in families that can truly never be broken. As you go back and forth between the two different story lines, each is captivating in a way that hooks your interest and every chapter leaves you hungry for more.
This is one of the best books I have read this year, so if you are looking for a book with both substance and heart, definitely check out this read!