Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home SocietyLisa WingateBallantine Books / 2019 / Hardcover$17.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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JudyMom2ArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent!October 14, 2019JudyMom2ArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Before 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
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An Incredible Duet of Facts and Fiction!September 28, 2019Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets 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.
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Deeply MovingSeptember 21, 2019SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets 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.
Sally DFayette, MOAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Sad but true amazing book!August 31, 2019Sally DFayette, MOAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What 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!
MelissaAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartbreaking truthAugust 17, 2019MelissaAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The true stories behind the book "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate. Authors Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie share the heartbreaking truths of children who were used by the Tennessee Children's Home Society and Georgia Tann.
Through research and conversations with family members of the TCHS children and at times, the actual children, truth is brought into the open.
My heart aches for each person affected by the deceit and greed involved in selling and buying children.
Thank you to Lisa and Judy for taking the time and effort to share about these children.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the authors. No review was required.
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