Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale.
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill
Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their
family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush
their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in
charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is
familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage,
the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their
parents—but they quickly realize that the truth is much darker. At the
mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters
and brother together—in a world of danger and uncertainty.
South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery
Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal
prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But
when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a
chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions—and compels her
to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path
that will ultimately lead either to devastation . . . or redemption.
on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia
Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and
sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Wingate’s
riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even
though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never
forgets where we belong. @goodreads
Wow! This book was really sad and had a happy ending at least. I had no idea this was a place and it breaks my heart 😢
This is written in the front of the book:
For the hundreds who vanished
and for the thousands who didn't.
May your stories
not be forgotten.
For those who help today's orphans
find forever homes.
May you always know the value
of your work
and your love.
book is about the Foss children. They are fictional in the book but
taken from real life stories. The stories of this horrible woman,
Georgia Tann, who had children stolen from poor families and sold to
rich families. Those that actually survived living at the Tennessee
Children's Home Society. These kids were malnourished, raped. Jesus, I
can't go on with all of the travisties.
You can google and find out tons of information
Here is a photo of the evil woman.
Here is a picture of a memorial to the hundreds of children who died. There are a lot of photos if you google.
That's all I have people. I just can't. I'm crying too much to write anything else.
Recommend to everyone.