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  1. ConnieR
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very moving!
    February 16, 2021
    ConnieR
    ME
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This book is a non-fiction sequel to Lisa Wingate's book, Before We were Yours.

    I did not read that book, I read Liz Tolsma's book The Pink Bonnet, which first introduced me to the horrible history of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. I was going to buy Wingate's fiction book but when I saw this one I opted for the non-fiction.

    This book details what happened after Before We Were Yours was published, and the incredible feedback that the author received as she did tours and talks about the book. There was an incredible cry for followup from the people who personally experienced the work of Georgia Tann. Lisa and her friend Judy took on an awesome task, with much help from others, of a reunion of sorts and a written collection of the stories that the adoptees and their families had to tell.

    It's humbling that people who sometimes suffered terribly have such grace and forgiveness. It's amazing to read about how stories were put together from the most meager crumbs of information. The stories are incredible. The knowledge that a place like this was allowed to operate and even thrived is sickening. But good has come, including changes in access across many states for adoptees seeking information.

    Read it, or at least make yourself aware of the history of this place. People need to know that it happened so that it doesn't happen again.
  2. arkmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Emotional stories of real life victims of Georgia Tann
    November 13, 2019
    arkmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Before We Were Yours is fiction based on Georgia Tann and The Tennessee Children's Home Society where children were basically sold, some were stolen children. After the release of the book, people whose lives were affected by Georgia Tann began coming forward telling their stories. Children of those people wanted information on the birth families for medical history, as well as wanting to know what happened. Why were they given up? Do they have other siblings? Who is my family? We also get to know about some of the birth mothers and why they felt they had to give up their children. Some had their children stolen from them to be sold. Georgia Tann preyed on the young, scared, and the very poor.

    Judy Christie, along with Lisa Wingate began to interview family members, as well as some of those adopted out of the Home, and plan a weekend reunion for those affected by this scandal. Thus, the book, Before and After.

    One has to wonder how a woman, and those she had in the palm of her hand, be so uncaring of these children and so wicked? We learn of ill babies who came to the home, to be left in a crib to basically, sink or swim.

    We also learn of the graves of so many who did not make it.

    So many sad stories, but very brave and determined people to choose to seek out their birth information.

    Also, sad that Georgia Tann did not pay for her hideous crimes here in this life. How someone could have such a cold heart is beyond my understanding.

    How emotional this must have been for those telling their stories, and for the two authors listening and writing them.

    I believe that in the reunion came healing for many people. Also, the making of new friends.

    This is a very touching and moving book.

    I was given this to read by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group-Ballentine and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Pooh Bear
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Nonfiction follow-up to Before We Were Yours
    November 7, 2019
    Pooh Bear
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    After reading Lisa Wingate's Before We Were Yours, a moving story based on the tragic real-life Tennessee Children's Home Society adoption scheme headed by Georgia Tann, I was very interested in reading more about the adoptees. Before and After is a nonfiction account of some of the victims of Tann's greed and corruption. It was interesting to read their stories and thoughts about their lives and how they were affected by the adoptions. Many of them were able to connect with siblings and other members of their birth families with varying results.

    The book is well written and kept my interest throughout. It's a fitting and touching follow-up to Wingate's story.

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
  4. chris
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    If you loved "Before We Were Yours", you will love this non fiction follow up!
    November 5, 2019
    chris
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This non fiction follow up to "Before We Were Yours", which was a fictionalized account of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children's Home Society, tells the real life stories of many of the adoptees, now in their 70's and 80's and their journeys to find their roots. There are so many heart wrenching stories of reunions with siblings they never knew and so much time lost.

    Some of the stories involved the next generation, the children of the adoptees, trying to find out more about their backgrounds. Although the memories all have Georgia Tann in common, the way that the individual stories played out in their lives are many and varied. Many of the adoptees, while recognizing that their lives were much improved by the adoption, shared a common feeling of never feeling completely whole. The reunions that were held with the "survivors" and their new found siblings were uplifting, sometimes sad, but also joyous. A very emotional read!

    I have read and enjoyed many of Lisa Wingate's books, and received an advanced copy of this one as one of her Book Ambassadors. I highly recommend reading "Before We Were Yours" before reading "Before and After" by Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie. Both books will touch your heart!
  5. PattiLWA
    Moses Lake, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hope filled
    November 2, 2019
    PattiLWA
    Moses Lake, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Before and After" is the sequel to "Before We Were Yours" and tell the real-life stories of the adoptees that were victims of the adoption scandal run by Georgia Tann at the Tennessee Children's Home Society in Memphis. The interviews of the adoptees and their family members are heartbreaking, yet filled with hope and, in many cases, healing. The "reunion" was spawned by many of the adoptees reading Lisa's "Before We Were Yours" and contacting her to tell her they were one of the many children affected by Georgia's deceptive adoption practices. The stories behind each interview are amazing. The connections and friendships made by the adoptees and their families during the "reunion" give hope for healing and for finding lost relatives.

    I definitely recommend this book, especially after reading "Before We Were Yours." This is part of history that I don't think many people are aware of.

    I received this book free from Ballentine Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
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