In the late 1930s, the five Foss children find themselves entrapped at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage. They were collected against the true knowledge of their parents, through the work of Georgia Tann. Ms. Tann for years ran an illegal adoption ring and was in charge of child trafficking. Although the Foss children are a fictional family, the stories their lives hold are based on accounts from children impacted by the scandal. Actually much bigger than a scandal, but oh my.
It’s a riveting read as modern day granddaughter who is an attorney seeks to find out and maybe hide the possibly family dirty laundry. What Avery Staffords finds will keep the reader turning pages. In finding the truth behind May’s story, Avery is also forced to make personal decisions that will impact her own adult years.
This was a much anticipated, by me, book as I’ve read and relished her other stories over the years. Thanks to Lisa Wingate for another super read! And, thanks to Ballantine Books for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
The story begins with Alice-Ann as a 16-year old and the US just entering WWII. The town in which the story is set sends a significant number of young men into the service on account of the war. This has impact on everyone in town. Alice-Ann takes time to make sure her long-time crush, Mack, knows she’ll be waiting for him.
Good letter correspondents at first, Mack’s letters eventually end and there is news of his demise during a fierce battle. Alice-Ann, whose crush was known only to a few, must endure this quietly.
A friend’s brother, Carlton, returns early from the war due to an injury. He and Alice-Ann form a new friendship as young adults as they bond through the war time.
Alice-Ann must reshape her vision of “true love” and decide the best path for her future.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
Author Meg Moseley weaves an interesting story of Laura Gantt and her parents. Vietnam war memories plague her father, Elliott, and stress from supporting him leads Laura’s mother, Jess, to make some unexpected choices. Back in Georgia to settle her mother’s estate, Laura along with her high school boyfriend (and soulmate) Sean pursue a mystery of Laura’s presumed dead father. There’s a lot of unresolved anger and unfinished business in this story. It shows how people harbor secrets and how frustration festers through the years. There’s also amazing forgiveness and love that ties the folks of the community together. I enjoyed the book. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.