1. Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society
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    Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society
    Lisa Wingate
    Ballantine Books / 2019 / Hardcover
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Triumph over Tragedy
    October 22, 2019
    Avid reader Barb
    If you read Before We were Yours by Lisa Wingate you will want to read this book. This is real-life experiences from interviews compiled by Authors Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate of the children taken years ago from their birth families.

    These talented, caring authors met and bonded with those families who told first-hand the tale of the Tennessee Children's Society. It is a story of triumph over tragedy. It is a retelling of human trafficking of children, sometimes snatched from their parents and sold to unsuspecting families who often provided loving homes. Not all were reports of shattered lives broken apart. Some had wonderful childhoods, despite being separated from birth families. Some were left for years wondering who they were related to. The amazing triumph of the mending of lives, discovering and reuniting years later with their siblings was encouraging. It is fascinating to think a novel, based on actual events, reunited real families.

    Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate blended their talents to tell this story and to reunite people, and give them an opportunity to tell their life story. Well worth reading, beauty from ashes. I thank the publisher for providing an ARC copy that did not require a review. It is a satisfying 5 star read.
  2. Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent!
    October 14, 2019
    JudyMom2
    Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate

    Before We Were Yours became more than just a bestseller. It became a life changer. It took a real situationGeorgia Tann and the Tennessee Children's Home Societyand put fictional faces on the children to tell a story of what could have been. Families are torn apart so this evil woman could profit from it. Commodities to be bought...and returned if they didn't fit right.

    Before and After takes it a step further and puts the real faces on the true story. Some with happy endings...many without. This book records those stories from those now-adult children. Many have always known they didn't quite "fit in" and that something was missing.

    This book brings those adults who are able back to Memphis for a reunion. They can meet other "survivors" and tell their stories. I found it hard to put the book down. In my case, I also needed tissues handy. Georgia Tann was a greedy woman, she didn't care who she destroyed to get rich. Yes, many of the children had good lives...but the cost was high. I highly recommend this book and if you haven't read Before We Were Yours, I suggest reading it first.

    **Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review
  3. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Incredible Duet of Facts and Fiction!
    September 28, 2019
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "This is a story that doesn't have an ending. It never will."

    The enormity of scandal generated by Georgia Tann's unscrupulous adoption practices in Memphis, Tennessee for nearly thirty years, left fragments of abandonment deeply rooted within the psyche of thousands of innocent children. Thousands. Could beauty possibly rise from among the ashes? This moving collection of personal recollections from those children, their children, their grandchildren, proves once again that truth can be stranger, and even more unbelievable, than fiction.

    What began as an international bestseller by author Lisa Wingate, "Before We Were Yours" has become an impetus for reunions among dozens of family members; who once were declared "survivors" and have now become, as journalist and author Judy Christie so beautifully states, "these people are heroes".

    "The realities of what happened at the Tennessee Children's Home Society are hard to contemplate, but they are necessary to revisit. The history we deny is the history we are most likely to repeat. "

    I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
  4. Clover, SC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Deeply Moving
    September 21, 2019
    Susan
    Clover, SC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    'Tann's empire at the Tennessee Children's Home Society has been built with a combustible blend of desperate pregnant women, shattered children, vulnerable poverty-stricken families, eager adoptive parents, powerful politicians, ego, and greed.'

    I read Lisa Wingate's 'Before We Were Yours' and it impacted me deeply. Based on the facts of the cruel and devious Georgia Tann, who stole and adopted out over 5000 children between 1924-1950, it was a powerful book! After the book came out, many came forth because they knew they were part of that vicious story, taken from parents by Tann and sold to others, sometimes to a life of goodness and sometimes not. People began contacting Wingate about this and this book was born.

    Based on the true stories of these people who were victims, for that's what they can properly and truly be called, of Tann's evil empire, they now tell their stories. Stories of how they always felt 'something was missing' and how they never felt totally complete. And then through the work of Wingate and Judy Christie, these people searched and found siblings they never knew they had!

    Deeply moving and mind numbing, this book is a testament to the hearts of those that were abused so cruelly by a heinous woman whose crime rivaled that of any serial killer.

    These stories will break your heart and bring joy at the same time. I was very moved by this book.

    *My thanks to the publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
  5. Fayette, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sad but true amazing book!
    August 31, 2019
    Sally D
    Fayette, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What an amazing book! These true stories of what happened during the time that Georgia Tann operated her unlicensed Tennessee orphanage after stealing babies, illegally talking the mothers into giving them up permanently instead of temporary foster care. There were many ways Tann got babies and children and hid them. This horrible place operated from 1924-1950.

    It's very sad what happened to discover many babies died that were sick or premature due to the neglect in the Tennessee Children's Home Society. This book shares many true experiences by the adoptees and their families. It is the kind of book that I didn't want to read yet I just knew I had to! The pain, agony, feelings and knowing something was missing these adoptees shared in their interviews is heart- wrenching. As I read to the end my heart felt heavy and I felt like I wanted to do something to help!

    This book comes after Lisa Wingate's novel, Before We Were Yours and both books are amazing!
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