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And Senator Robbins is not the only one who wants the laptop back… Suddenly, Tanner is a hunted man. On the run, terrified for the safety of his family — he is in desperate need of a plan — but who can he trust? Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. The police at first assume an overdose, until they realize that one of the men shows no signs of drug use.
As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighborhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit-and-run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world. Soon the case is fraught with myriad suspects and motives. Who killed the two homeless men, and why? And which one was the intended victim? Or was the poisoned food meant for someone else entirely?
Until she meets a man who may hold the answers she seeks. Former U. Senator Weston Rhodes is a defense contractor with an urgent problem. His company needs someone to look over the books of Dalfan Technologies, a Singapore company—quickly. He turns to his old friend Gerry Hendley for help. Hendley Associates is one of the best financial analysis firms in the country and the cover for The Campus, a top-secret American intelligence agency. Rhodes asks for two specific analysts, Jack Ryan Jr.
Both Ryan and Brown initially resist, for different reasons. Brown—who was never very good with people—only worries about the numbers, and finding a good cup of tea. Brown has no idea Jack works for The Campus but the awkward accountant is hiding secrets of his own. Rhodes has tasked him with uploading a cyberwarfare program into the highly secure Dalfan Technologies mainframe on behalf of the CIA.
On the verge of mission success, Brown discovers a game within the game, and the people who now want to kill him are as deadly as the cyclone bearing down on the island nation. Together Ryan and Brown race to escape both the murderous storm and a team of trained assassins in order to prevent a global catastrophe, even at the cost of their own lives. A group of some of the most powerful people in the government, the military, and the private sector, has begun a brutal plan to quietly take over the reins of the U.
Once they have their own people in place, they plan to start a bloody, brutal war on an unimaginable scale. The Secretary of State is going there for secret talks, and Dewey is to be an extra layer of security above the State Department team. The cabal has sent in a hit man to take out the Secretary of State and lay the blame for this murder at the feet of Dewey himself.
As a storm rages across the Mediterranean Sea, a terrifying distress call is made to the Italian Coast Guard. Days later, a body washes ashore. Identified as a high value terrorism suspect who had disappeared three years prior , his name sends panic through the Central Intelligence Agency.
Where was he headed? What was he planning? Hired on a black contract, Harvath will provide the deniability the United States needs, while he breaks every rule along the way. Christian Stern, an ambitious young scholar and alchemist, arrives in Prague in the bitter winter of , intent on making his fortune at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor, the eccentric Rudolf II. Dressed in a velvet gown, wearing a large gold medallion around her neck, the woman is clearly well-born—or was, for her throat has been slashed.
A lesser man would smell danger, but Christian is determined to follow his fortunes wherever they may lead. He quickly finds himself entangled in the machinations of several ruthless courtiers, and before long he comes to the attention of the Emperor himself. But Christian soon realizes that he has blundered into the midst of a power struggle that threatens to subvert the throne itself.
And as he gets ever nearer to the truth of what happened that night in Golden Lane, he finally sees that his own life is in grave danger. From the spectacularly inventive Benjamin Black, here is a historical crime novel that delivers both a mesmerizing portrait of a lost world and a riveting tale of intrigue and suspense. When Liat meets Hilmi on a blustery autumn afternoon in Greenwich Village, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him.
Charismatic and handsome, Hilmi is a talented young artist from Palestine. Liat, an aspiring translation student, plans to return to Israel the following summer. Despite knowing that their love can be only temporary, that it can exist only away from their conflicted homeland, Liat lets herself be enraptured by Hilmi: by his lively imagination, by his beautiful hands and wise eyes, by his sweetness and devotion. Together they explore the city, sharing laughs and fantasies and pangs of homesickness.
But the unfettered joy they awaken in each other cannot overcome the guilt Liat feels for hiding him from her family in Israel and her Jewish friends in New York. As her departure date looms and her love for Hilmi deepens, Liat must decide whether she is willing to risk alienating her family, her community, and her sense of self for the love of one man.
A bold portrayal of the strains—and delights—of a forbidden relationship, All the Rivers published in Israel as Borderline is a love story and a war story, a New York story and a Middle East story, an unflinching foray into the forces that bind us and divide us. From the New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Beach comes another heartwarming story of four generations of women who reunite in their crumbling family mansion by the sea for a dramatic summer filled with love, family, secrets and sisterhood.
Art patrons for generations, the Whitakers supported strangers but drained the life out of each other. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves once again at The Muses. Leo , the Whitaker matriarch, lives in the rambling mansion crammed with artwork and junk.
She plans to stay there until she joins her husband Wes on the knoll overlooking the cove and meadow where they first met. Her sister-in-law Fae, the town eccentric, is desperate to keep a secret she has been hiding for years. Jillian , is a jet setting actress, down on her luck, and has run out of men to support her. She thinks selling The Muses will make life easier for her mother, Leo, and Fae by moving them into assisted living.
The sale will also bring her the funds to get herself back on top. Steph , is only twelve-years-old and desperately needs someone to fire her imagination and bring her out of her shell. What she begins to discover at the Muses could change the course of her future. As Issy martials the family together to restore the mansion and catalogue the massive art collection, a surprising thing happens.
Despite storms and moonlight dancing, diva attacks and cat fights, trips to the beach and flights of fancy, these four generations of erratic, dramatic women may just find a way to save the Muses and reunite their family. New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Isle of Palms to tell the poignant, charming story of two women, one summer, and one very special beach house. When Heather refuses to budge from her newfound sanctuary, so begins the unlikeliest of rooming situations. While they start out as strangers, as everything around the women falls apart they learn that the only thing they can really rely on is each other.
The first standalone romance by New York Times and 1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren Beautiful Bastard is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love. But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage.
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Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? The one woman he will never forget… Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. There is only one problem—he already has one.
The one man she will never forgive… After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist. A love that neither can deny… The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day The Day of the Duchess.
The incomparable Danielle Steel breaks new ground as she takes us to nineteenth-century England, where a high-born young woman is forced out into the world—and begins a journey of survival, sensuality, and long-sought justice. Angelique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence.
Angelique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources—and one bold stroke of fortune. Unable to secure employment without references or connections, Angelique desperately makes her way to Paris, where she rescues a young woman fleeing an abusive madam—and suddenly sees a possibility: Open an elegant house of pleasure that will protect its women and serve only the best clients. But living on the edge of scandal, can she ever make a life of her own—or regain her rightful place in the world?
From England to Paris to New York, Danielle Steel captures an age of upheaval and the struggles of women in a male-ruled society—and paints a captivating portrait of a woman of unquenchable spirit, who in houses great or humble is every ounce a duchess. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a re-match. Once again, the author has returned to her own family garden to create an unforgettable feast.
Three sinfully handsome dukes, three scores to settle, three hearts about to meet their matches. Family history: Scandalous. Personality traits: Dark and brooding, with a thirst for revenge. Ideal romantic partner: A woman of means, with beauty and brains, willing to live with reckless abandon. Though, with her nose for a story, Clara wonders if his desire for justice is sincere—along with his incredibly unnerving intention to be her husband.
If her weak-kneed response to his kiss is any indication, falling for Adam clearly comes with a cost. But who knew courting danger could be such exhilarating fun? After a searing tragedy, Libby Kincaid just wants to go home. Malicious rumors about Libby are circulating through the ranch, and worse, her lifelong opponent, rancher Jess Barlowe, believes them.
The more time Jess spends with Libby, the harder it is to resist her. Are the rumors true? Is he the man she really wants? Derringer Westmoreland is haunted by memories of a woman whose face he cannot recall. Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated.
Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Con artist. Call it what you will — Bianca St. Ives is the best in the business. Growing up, Bianca St. Ives knew she was different from all her friends. Her father prepped her well to carry on the family business. Now a striking beauty with fierce skills, the prodigy has surpassed the master.
She does things on her own terms. But her latest gig had a little hiccup — if you count two hundred million dollars and top secret government documents going missing as little. Her father also died on the mission. Ives, a high-value target and someone who has been on most-wanted lists all over the world for over two decades, and they mean to use Bianca as bait. Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.
Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. Fictional details have been added but, in the end, it is so especially horrific because most of it is true. If I was to complain about anything, it would be the way the characters frequently have whole conversations without specific names, just to keep the reader guessing who is who, even when it doesn't make sense for them to withhold the person's name.
This is a minor quibble, though, and I do understand the necessity for it. Overall, I really "enjoyed" the book. Rill and her sisters feel real. Their fear feels real. Their love for one another feels real. It is a history lesson wrapped up in a powerful and emotive story. A fictional tale that reveals a hidden truth. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube View all 26 comments. I absolutely loved this heartbreakingly beautiful piece of writing! I'd give this book 10 stars if I could!
I didn't want it to end. I listened to the audio version! Both narrators deserve huge props for their performances! I actually think this novel was enhanced by the superb narration! There are two storylines going on in this novel, one in and one is prese I absolutely loved this heartbreakingly beautiful piece of writing! There are two storylines going on in this novel, one in and one is present day. They slowly unravel and come together. I thought the writing was wonderful and so were the characters in both storylines. As gut wrenching as this novel is I feel it is an important story that must be read!
There is a bit of chick lit to the part of this story taking place in modern day. I actually enjoyed the bit of romance in it, but I know some diehard historically fiction fans might not. People are comparing this to "The Orphan Train". In my humble opinion it's a much better book. Highly recommended!!! View all comments. My book won the GR award. This book was really sad and had a happy ending at least. 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.
This book is about the Foss children. They are fictional in the book but taken from real life My book won the GR award. 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. View all 79 comments. May 31, PorshaJo rated it liked it Shelves: challengereads , audio , challengereads Rating 3.
I liked this one, but didn't love it. There were things I really liked about it and other things that drug it down a bit for me hence, a 3. So I'll try to list a few here. First, the story. I think just about everyone knows this story. I'm sure I'm the last to read and review. A historical fiction read that has headlines plucked from the real world.
Two dual stories told in alternating times between Memphis, Tennessee Rating 3. Two dual stories told in alternating times between Memphis, Tennessee and present day Aiken, South Carolina. The true story portion was the horrible things that happened for over 30 years in the Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage.
The woman running it had some connections - judges, politicians, police, those with money Their parents were poor, or less educated, or just made her mad. She then 'sold' these children to unsuspecting potential parents It's utterly horrible to learn of this part of our history. The two stories are told from the point of view of a family of children ripped from their parents and put through the system and a woman, a bit lost, trying to figure out what her family is hiding after an elderly woman mistakes her for someone else.
I spent so much time reading up on real articles about this time and the horrible, evil witch who ran the orphanage. Especially the narrator for Rill. But what I don't like is when an author just piles on more and more dread and horrible things to happen. Initially, I had a hard time getting into her story. Eventually I warmed to her a bit, but the love-story portion was not needed.
Most of this came in Avery's story line. For example, way too much detail on the cab, riding in the cab, etc. After sometime, I just wanted it over. Even though I thought it was a long read needed editing , it just seemed so fast so many things were wrapped up too quickly with a bow. I understand how horrible it was, but children usually speak their mind.
Even when you don't want them to. At least once speak their mind before they realize the trouble they might get in. Then, as adults, they wanted to hide the fact they were sisters. Overall, I'm glad I read this. I learned a lot about this part of history. But I can't help but wonder, since this was the big NG Historical Fiction book of the year , did I go in with the highest expectations that could not be met?
I tried to separate that, but who knows I didn't think this was the best of But everyone voted for their own favorite reads. Jul 07, Lindsay - Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing. What a heart-wrenching, powerful and emotional read! There is just something about this cover that calls to me and makes me want to reach into the picture to hug and comfort these two little girls. With that being said, I was so happy that the actual story lived up to my hopes from the c 4. With that being said, I was so happy that the actual story lived up to my hopes from the cover.
It was an emotional, shocking and devastating story that I simply cannot stop thinking about. I had not heard of this sickening piece of history until I read this and I have been googling and researching it since I finished this book. I have a hard time accepting this actually happened — it is so shocking and upsetting.
This novel follows the lives of the five Foss siblings who grow up living on a Mississippi River shantyboat with their parents in They have a unique and wild childhood with parents who shower them with love and affection in unconventional ways. One of the children, Twelve-year-old Rill Foss, grows up taking care of her younger siblings, often fulfilling parental roles.
Rill is one of the narrators of the book and she is a character I will not soon forget - I absolutely adored her! The present day story wasn't as interesting and slightly took away from my overall enjoyment. However, Rill's story more than makes up for it. I highly recommend this wonderfully written and well researched book! This will definitely stay on my mind for a long time. I will end with one of the several quotes that stood out for me. What a great read If you're ready for a story you can really sink your teeth into with characters that virtually come to life, here you go.
View all 50 comments. Carmen Great review! Feb 25, AM. Tahrin Choudhury I am not a big fan of reading books. I am trying to read this book after seeing all the comments. Oct 05, AM. Jan 25, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: axis , , e-book , historical-fiction , southern. When Avery Stafford, the daughter of a prominent Senator stumbles upon the possibility her grandmother is harboring a dark family secret, she nearly becomes obsessed with her mission to uncover the truth.
The story flashes back to , when Rill Foss and her siblings are snatched from their poor Mississippi Shanty boat, after their parents had to leave them behind in an emergency medical situation. The narrative switches back and forth between Rill and Avery, but I must confess my heart was with Rill from start to finish. This novel pulls on the heartstrings, stirs outrage and horror, but at the end of the day the story was about familial bonds, and a spiritual connection that can not be broken, no matter what.
Wingate did a magnificent job of pulling the reader back in time, creating a realistic atmosphere, and building a fictional story around one of the most shocking black-market adoption operations in American history. But, the real magic is creating characters we care for, cheer for, and want to champion.
It may have taken a lifetime, but the truth has a way of freeing itself, exposing crimes and scandal, but it also brought out an incredible family saga that is both inspirational and heartwarming. I did enjoy how the mystery unfolded, which made Avery into a bit of an amateur sleuth. I loved the conclusion of the story, which was about a perfect as could be expected under the circumstances. It is all very bittersweet, with a lot of sadness, but there were blessed times, as well, and those are the reflections and moments that will stay with me.
There are some difficult passages in this novel, which you should be prepared for, but this is such a great story!
Everyone kept telling me I needed to read this book and they were right- so I feel I should pass that advice on to you- Read this book!! View all 75 comments. Through the telling of this story, Lisa Wingate sheds light on the despicable real life actions of Georgia Tann, a woman that ran a black market child trafficking ring masked as a legitimate adoption agency for decades in Tennessee. She catered to the rich and famous, providing largely blond-haired and light-eyed children to those that could afford to pay her outrageous price.
She made millions off 'Before We Were Yours' is a highly emotional and moving fictional story, inspired by true events. She made millions off of the sale of children, who were often kidnapped. This book spans generations, alternating between present-day and the past. The "past" story is narrated by the oldest Foss sibling, Rill aka May. Avery Stafford, a former federal prosecutor and the daughter of a prominent Senator, tells the present-day story.
Gradually, the two storylines intersect and the connection comes to light. The fictional story of the five Foss children parallels the real life experiences of hundreds of victims of Georgia Tann's illegal adoption agency, the Tennessee Children's Home Society. The children are stolen from their family's riverboat one night in Their parents have to go to the hospital due to complications with their mother's pregnancy and childbirth.
Left alone, the children are taken by corrupt police officers working for the notorious child trafficker. Immediately, the children are thrust into a grim situation. They experience abuse and cruelty at the hands of the people running the "orphanage". Tragedy and loss become all that they know as they are stripped of their former identities. Separated, renamed and adopted out, their lives are forever changed. Avery Stafford first meets May when she is visiting a nursing home to support her father's political campaign. There is something about the elderly lady that calls to her.
Later, when she is contacted by the nursing home administrator to say that May took her bracelet, she goes against the administrator's instructions and decides to visit with the lady personally. Their first meeting sets a series of events in motion. Avery begins digging into the past. She is determined to uncover the connection between her grandmother, who suffers from dementia, and the mysterious woman that she met at the nursing home.
In her brief moments of lucidity, her grandmother's appears to light up with recognition when she mentions May. However, she is less than forthcoming. Avery is left to follow the cryptic clues if she wants to unearth her grandmother's secrets, knowing it may be the downfall of her highly public family.
This is the type of story that raises awareness and will leave you feeling outraged.
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It was emotional, inspiring and heartfelt. I was completely lost in the plight of the Foss children, while I was heartbroken by the absolute injustice of it all. Wingate did a beautiful job of merging fact and fiction. The writing was flawless and the story was well-crafted. My heart went out to the Foss children, as I lost myself in their story.
Like so many others, I was completely unaware of the existence of this illegal adoption agency and the wide-spread corruption that allowed these child traffickers to prosper for so many years. This book prompted me to educate myself on the topic and I was appalled by what I found. This was a tragic, and often depressing, story. However, I am so glad that I read it. It is an important story and one that needed to be told. It definitely isn't a rainbows and unicorns type of story, but it will move you and leave a lasting impression.
Check out more of my reviews at www. View all 28 comments. Sometimes a story must be told. Sometimes when the average rating for a book by 65, people is 4. Sad with a happy ending! Like many have said —- I am glad I read it. The horrors were gut-wrenching - no other way to say it The few Sometimes a story must be told. I enjoyed both stories - so completely different - but my heart went out deeper for the past story with 12 year old Rill and his brothers and sisters.
Thank you to the author Lisa Wingate for writing a book we needed to read. I need a comic release book. Got suggestions?? Lighting candles tonight on Valentines Day View all 51 comments. Jun 06, Angela M rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley-reviews. I don't read a lot of non fiction so I really appreciate when a novel can enlighten me on things that happened that I wouldn't have otherwise known about.
As in Orphan Train when I first learned about their existence or in What She Left Behind , which highlights the atrocities of a mental institution and in particular the treatment of women, this story inspired by real events relays the sad story of a family torn apart by the greed and horrible acts against children and their families. The autho I don't read a lot of non fiction so I really appreciate when a novel can enlighten me on things that happened that I wouldn't have otherwise known about. The author explains in her note that the characters are fictional but the place and the circumstances and the woman who perpetrated these acts are real.
In a recent interview Wingate described the seed for this story. I looked up and saw images of an old mansion. The front room was filled with bassinettes and babies. That was the spark that ignited Before We Were Yours. The reality of what happened to numerous children from - is depicted through the story of five siblings taken illegally and subjected to the adoption for money system spearheaded by Tann. I said that the story is sad, but that's an understatement. It really is heartbreaking and though the characters are fictional, I couldn't help but think about the real children who were affected.
There are past and present storylines that do come together and make for a captivating read. The Goodreads description provides more plot details, which I will leave out here and just say that I definitely recommend it. I can't quite give it 5 stars as I felt that the romantic thread in the current story diluted the story a bit for me. It didn't add to the importance in my opinion. Having said that, this is a worthy read, eye opening and heart wrenching with a thoughtful and satisfying ending. View all 71 comments. Jul 20, Sue rated it liked it Shelves: american-southern , historical-fiction , net-galley , read While this novel is based on historical events and real persons who existed in Tennessee in the first half of the 20th century, preying on poor families and their children, I found that I had great difficulty relating to it, primarily because of the contemporary story and the primary protagonist.
My thoughts vary on this book. Some aspects are well done and the expose of the decades-long adoption ring in Memphis is both interesting and abhorrent. But the total presentation still bothers me, part While this novel is based on historical events and real persons who existed in Tennessee in the first half of the 20th century, preying on poor families and their children, I found that I had great difficulty relating to it, primarily because of the contemporary story and the primary protagonist. But the total presentation still bothers me, particularly the "heroine" of the contemporary story, who might have stepped out of a romance novel.
I wonder how this could have been done differently. Avery seems the Southern society "girl" made good, who has succeeded brilliantly but is still being hounded by the somewhat stereotypical women around her to marry ASAP in order to fulfill her role in life. There is so much talk of beautifully groomed people and lawns and flower beds in the contemporary story, that I grew tired of reading it. And romance is fine, but must it be such a large component of what should be such a serious historical novel. Or perhaps that's the novel I wish it to be, not what it is.
I am glad to have learned of this history and to have had the opportunity to learn of it through historical fiction, which I find a valuable medium. I only wish the contemporary story had seemed as serious to me. I do realize that many, if not most readers have or may disagree with me, but I can only speak from my experience. A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
View all 64 comments. No matter how many stories are told or books written, it seems there is a neverending supply of man's inhumanity to others still to be told. The culture, silence and greed necessary to let this type of evil perpetuate and grow. The Tennessee Children's society is the focus of this novel, harm against the helpless and most vulnerable among us and the poor who did not have the resources necessary to fight back. Hidden within plain sight, this place flourished in it's cruelty and money making by th No matter how many stories are told or books written, it seems there is a neverending supply of man's inhumanity to others still to be told.
Hidden within plain sight, this place flourished in it's cruelty and money making by the silence of those who knew and should have spoken, but didn't. Two alternate stories, one in the past narrated by a young girl, whose brother and three sisters were taken from their parents and brought to this horrible place. Children were not treated well here, punished severely for minor indescretions and fed as little as possible. Blonde children were particularly valuable as they were more easily adopted, bringing the larger sums of money to it's notorious founder.
Her story is heartbreaking, and though hers is a made up character her story is representative of many that were factual. The modern day story follows a grown woman, Avery, from a prestigious family who wants to find the truth about her beloved grandmother, now suffering from dementia, life and her own family background. I readily admit to liking the former story more, the writing is finer, the characters more fleshed out, the plot tighter and their story more interesting.
I did like how the stories come together in the end. All in all, the author did a fine job with this book and bringing to light another little known injustice. Of course these type and other injustices are not just confined to the past, and I can't help thinking about the injustices being committed in our present that readers will read about fifty years from now. Something to think about.
ARC from Netgalley View all 37 comments. It basically tore my heart into a million pieces but also filled it at the same time. How is that even possible? The answer is actually quite simple - the Foss children. Their tale was one of unimaginable loss and h 5 Stars - a heart wrenching, emotional and haunting read! Their tale was one of unimaginable loss and hardship yet it was also one of incredible love, hope and strength.