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Review: Before We Were Yours

“But the love of sisters needs no words. It does not depend on memories, or mementos, or proof. It runs as deep as a heartbeat. It is as ever present as a pulse.” ― Lisa Wingate

I think as readers we have all had that experience were we get totally immersed in a book. It doesn’t happen as often as we like, but maybe that is for the best? If every book were the type to pull you down within the pages and keep you there until the last one has been turned, the magic might eventually wear off. I have read 45 books so far this year, some of them have been excellent, but Before We Were Yours was the first of those 45 to give me that magic. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to, because I could see the pages flying past and the end coming closer, and as much as I wanted to know, I also didn’t want it to be over.

This book is shocking, sad, beautiful, and holds a mystery that the reader doesn’t gain an answer for until the final pages. The story is based on real occurrences, and that these children’s homes, and Georgia Tann existed was news to me. It made the books all the more poignant, and heart breaking. The depth of Wingate’s characters and the uniqueness of their voices was fantastic. Though the story switches between to main POV’s, there is never confusion about which character’s story we are in. Their voices are their own and can not be confused with each other.

Read it, then tell your friends to read it. There is a reason this book is a best seller!

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