Book Review: Before We Were Yours

“Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene, woven to it in ways we do not understand. No matter how much we may love the melody of a bygone day, or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn’t suit the moment.”

This was a fast paced, disturbing and engaging read. The story was very powerful. It is based on real life events that happened at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society back in early to mid 1900’s. But the story itself and the lead characters are fictional, as the author declared at the end of the book.

Child trafficking is a disturbing subject as is. The story in this book is about a family that is torn apart due to child trafficking. I had shivers in my spine when I read the chapters where the author described the abuse that the children had to endure at the children’s home. Lisa Wingate (the author) takes this disturbing subject and manages to weave an engaging story of hope, survival and deep family bonds.

The narrative flips back and forth between the past and the present, which I thought was very clever because it builds up an element of suspense and keeps the reader fully engaged. The downside to this is it got a bit confusing in the beginning to keep track of both story lines as all the characters were being introduced. The writing itself was average for me. Overall, this was a good summer read but I am not blown away by it. My overall rating: 3 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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