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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,723

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 the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Compelling story of a sad period in history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Sad story of a terrible time in Tennessee history and the corruption in child adoption.

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  • The Palest Ink

  • By: Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

A sheltered son from an intellectual family in Shanghai, Benfu spends 1966 anticipating a promising violinist career and an arranged marriage. On the other side of town lives Pony Boy, a member of a lower-class family - but Benfu's best friend all the same. Their futures look different but guaranteed...until they're faced with a perilous opportunity to leave a mark on history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Prequel to The Scavengers Daughter

  • By squishy on 02-17-16

A perfect book, at a perfect time.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Is CHINA'S PAST OUR FUTURE.. This story comes alive , I feel like I lived through the cultural revolution.

  • Silent Tears

  • A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage
  • By: Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered more valuable than girls and poverty and the one-child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants. As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle-class mother of two from South Carolina. Based on Bratt’s diary of her four years at the orphanage, Silent Tears offers a searing account of young lives rendered disposable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chinese children needing parents.

  • By Lana Lee Plum on 05-01-17

Another moving story by Kay Bratt.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

This is a compelling journal of the plight of China's orphans. Their stories will stay with me for a long time.