Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice… Born into a world of wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all.
A loving daughter to her father, a US senator, with her own ambitious career as a lawyer and a handsome fiancé waiting for her in Baltimore, she has lived a charmed life. But when Avery returns to Aiken to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with May Crandall, an elderly woman she’s never met before, leaves Avery deeply shaken. Avery’s decision to learn more about May’s life will take her on a journey through a hidden history of stolen children and illegal adoption. A journey that will reveal a secret that could lead to devastation…or redemption. ‘This heartbreaking story is also heart-mending—a powerful tale of family, of sisters, of secrets kept and secrets shared.’Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author Praise for BEFORE WE WERE YOURS: 'Lisa Wingate’s heart-racing, heart-wrenching tale of a family ripped apart by the Tennessee Children’s Home Society scandal, rang so true I couldn’t sleep until I knew their fate. Days later, I’m still haunted by the diabolical plot to steal and sell the most vulnerable children to high bidders, sanctioned by high-ranking officials who looked the other way.' — Julie Kibler, International Bestselling Author of CALLING ME HOME 'Wingate is a compelling storyteller, steeping her narrative with a forward momentum that keeps the reader as engaged and curious.' — Publisher’s Weekly 'The society seems too Dickensian to be true, except that it was, and its black-market adoption practices caused a stir in the mid-twentieth century. Wingate (The Sea Keeper’s Daughters, 2015) writes with flair, and her distinctly drawn characters and adept use of the adoption scandal will keep readers turning the pages.' — Booklist 'This was a delightful book and I loved the family themes throughout, especially the strength of love shown between sisters. If this book is in any way indicative of the quality of Lisa Wingate's previous works it's clear I've been missing out on something very special.' — Sharon Metcalf, NetGalley 'Utterly brilliant!! This is the first book I've read by this USA author - and it won't be the last.' — Janine Kimberley, NetGalley