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Lisa Wingate

Forfatter af Before We Were Yours

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Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker and a national bestselling author. Recently, Lisa's Blue Sky Hill Series received national attention with back-to-back nominations for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award for A Month vis mere of Summer (2009) and The Summer Kitchen (2010). In 2011, Lisa's Novel, Never Say Never, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award. Lisa is also the author of The Tending Roses, Daily Texas, Moses Lake, and the Texas Hill Country Series. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours (2017) 4,222 eksemplarer
The Book of Lost Friends (2020) — Fortæller, nogle udgaver1,188 eksemplarer
Tending Roses (2001) 530 eksemplarer
Talk of the Town (2008) 438 eksemplarer
Good Hope Road (2003) 306 eksemplarer
The Story Keeper (2014) 301 eksemplarer
The Language of Sycamores (2004) 293 eksemplarer
The Sea Keeper's Daughters (2015) 268 eksemplarer
Larkspur Cove (2011) 233 eksemplarer
Word Gets Around (2009) 210 eksemplarer
Never Say Never (2010) 187 eksemplarer
Drenched in Light (2006) 177 eksemplarer
Blue Moon Bay (2012) 172 eksemplarer
The Summer Kitchen (2009) 171 eksemplarer
A Month of Summer (2008) 162 eksemplarer
A Thousand Voices (1602) 159 eksemplarer
Firefly Island (2013) 128 eksemplarer
Wildwood Creek (2014) 126 eksemplarer
Dandelion Summer (2011) 119 eksemplarer
The Sea Glass Sisters (2013) 111 eksemplarer
Beyond Summer (2010) 104 eksemplarer
Texas Cooking (1824) 75 eksemplarer
The Tidewater Sisters (2014) 50 eksemplarer
Sisters (2016) 33 eksemplarer
The Sandcastle Sister (2015) 31 eksemplarer
A Sandy's Seashell Shop Christmas (2014) 22 eksemplarer
Shelterwood: A Novel 2 eksemplarer
4689 1 eksemplar

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Stories from Suffragette City (2020) — Bidragyder — 84 eksemplarer

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20th century
Texas, USA



This is a dual timeline story set in the Southern US. The modern-day tale involves our female protagonist (of a high-profile political family) trying to learn about the history of her grandmother, now suffering from dementia. The earlier set story (in the 1940s?) centers on the grandmother as a child, when she was a victim of the Tennessee Children's Home Society’ scam involving the sale of “orphans”. This plot stemmed from a shocking true-life scandal. I felt that the story dragged on and felt repetitive. The characters seemed to always be having the same thoughts and worries, with slow advancement of the plot. And it was a little too sappy for my tastes. (I listened to it on an audiobook.)… (mere)
AnnieKMD | 229 andre anmeldelser | Feb 13, 2024 |
The characters in this historical fiction were beautifully drawn and the story was compelling. In telling the tale of a real and heartbreaking chapter of history regarding children as commodities in a money-making adoption scheme, Ms. Wingate also explored the theme of excavating oneself from the life we sometimes adopt because of others’ expectations for us.
bschweiger | 229 andre anmeldelser | Feb 4, 2024 |
Excellent story. Ties together two time periods: the 1870?s and 1987 in Louisiana regarding the history of a plantation and their slaves. Goodreads: A new novel inspired by historical events: a story of three young women on a journey in search of family amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who rediscovers their story and its connection to her own students' lives.Lisa Wingate brings to life stories from actual "Lost Friends" advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold off.Louisiana, 1875 In the tumultuous aftermath of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest: Lavinia, the pampered heir to a now-destitute plantation; Juneau Jane, her illegitimate free-born Creole half-sister; and Hannie, Lavinia's former slave. Each carries private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas, following dangerous roads rife with ruthless vigilantes and soldiers still fighting a war lost a decade before. For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and eight siblings before slavery's end, the pilgrimage westward reignites an agonizing question: Could her long-lost family still be out there? Beyond the swamps lie the seemingly limitless frontiers of Texas and, improbably, hope.Louisiana, 1987 For first-year teacher Benedetta Silva, a subsidized job at a poor rural school seems like the ticket to canceling her hefty student debt--until she lands in a tiny, out-of-step Mississippi River town. Augustine, Louisiana, seems suspicious of new ideas and new people, and Benny can scarcely comprehend the lives of her poverty-stricken students. But amid the gnarled oaks and run-down plantation homes lies the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.… (mere)
bentstoker | 62 andre anmeldelser | Jan 26, 2024 |
Sad, but beautiful story of a family of children taken illegally from their home so they could be ?sold? to rich families who wanted children.Kirkus: Avery Stafford, a lawyer, descendant of two prominent Southern families and daughter of a distinguished senator, discovers a family secret that alters her perspective on heritage.Wingate (Sisters, 2016, etc.) shifts the story in her latest novel between present and past as Avery uncovers evidence that her Grandma Judy was a victim of the Tennessee Children?s Home Society and is related to a woman Avery and her father meet when he visits a nursing home. Although Avery is living at home to help her parents through her father?s cancer treatment, she is also being groomed for her own political career. Readers learn that investigating her family?s past is not part of Avery's scripted existence, but Wingate's attempts to make her seem torn about this are never fully developed, and descriptions of her chemistry with a man she meets as she's searching are also unconvincing. Sections describing the real-life orphanage director Georgia Tann, who stole poor children, mistreated them, and placed them for adoption with wealthy clientsincluding Joan Crawford and June AllysonÂ¥are more vivid, as are passages about Grandma Judy and her siblings. Wingate?s fans and readers who enjoy family dramas will find enough to entertain them, and book clubs may enjoy dissecting the relationship and historical issues in the book.Wingate sheds light on a shameful true story of child exploitation but is less successful in engaging readers in her fictional characters' lives.… (mere)
bentstoker | 229 andre anmeldelser | Jan 26, 2024 |



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