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Lisa Wingate

Author of Before We Were Yours

43+ Works 10,493 Members 517 Reviews 6 Favorited

About the Author

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 show more 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) show less

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Works by Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours (2017) 4,066 copies
The Book of Lost Friends (2020) — Narrator, some editions — 1,136 copies
Tending Roses (2001) 518 copies
Talk of the Town (2008) 431 copies
Good Hope Road (2003) 297 copies
The Story Keeper (2014) 291 copies
The Language of Sycamores (2004) 284 copies
The Sea Keeper's Daughters (2015) 259 copies
Larkspur Cove (2011) 232 copies
Word Gets Around (2009) 208 copies
Never Say Never (2010) 186 copies
Blue Moon Bay (2012) 170 copies
Drenched in Light (2006) 170 copies
The Summer Kitchen (2009) 169 copies
A Month of Summer (2008) 158 copies
A Thousand Voices (1602) 153 copies
Firefly Island (2013) 126 copies
Wildwood Creek (2014) 123 copies
Dandelion Summer (2011) 116 copies
The Sea Glass Sisters (2013) 109 copies
Beyond Summer (2010) 101 copies
Texas Cooking (1824) 73 copies
The Tidewater Sisters (2014) 49 copies
Sisters (2016) 32 copies
The Sandcastle Sister (2015) 30 copies
4689 1 copy

Associated Works

Stories from Suffragette City (2020) — Contributor — 83 copies


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Common Knowledge

20th century
Places of residence
Texas, USA



It was refreshing to read a work of fiction in which there was no major emphasis on a romantic relationship.

I enjoyed both J. Norman's and Epiphany's stories, but I wish each had been a little more involved. The ending was a bit abrupt and easy, and it certainly lacked closure for Epiphany's side of things.

I did appreciate the author's sense of humor.

"...I'd purchased from some wandering Girl Scouts their entire load of cookies as well as the wagon, on the promise that they would tell other neighborhood children I'd stolen their goods, and that this was no longer a safe place to conduct door-to-door sales." p 40… (more)
RachelRachelRachel | 3 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |
Oh wow, this is one of those books I read as slowly as I could toward the end, not wanting to finish it!
It is a book I may re-read again to put myself back inside this wonderful story.

I love historical fiction especially if it is based on things that really happened. In this case. Rill and her younger siblings face a similar tragedy as what happened in real life to thousands of other children back in the 1920's to about 1950. Georgia Tann ran the Tennessee Children's Home Society during those years. Lisa Wingate takes that portion of history and weaves a tale that volleys back and forth from those years to present day.

You'll fall in love with Rill, one of the main voices in the story, her resilience, and her love for her parents and siblings.
And you'll want to read it again.
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JillHannah | 221 other reviews | Nov 20, 2023 |
A heart tugger for sure. I know America was and is horrible to Native Americans but for it to do it to its “own” people is disgusting. And in Tennessee of all places. A complete shame. The book was well written with there being two narratives from the grandmother sharing her story as a child currently going though it and the adult grand daughter in present day trying to piece the story as well as her own life together. I am definitely recommending this to others and am going to do some research myself.… (more)
BeautifulEdden | 221 other reviews | Nov 19, 2023 |
This is based on a heartbreaking real story. Children were snatched from their parents in unbelievable circumstances and placed for adoption. Reading this, I so wanted the perpetrator to be put to justice but that wasn't the case. Thankfully, that did not affect the enjoyment of the book. Lisa Wingate wrote the book from two perspectives, skillfully unraveling the mystery between Avery's grandmother and Rill. There's also an interesting budding romance between Avery and Trent Turner taking place on the side of the main story.… (more)
siok | 221 other reviews | Nov 4, 2023 |



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