The Baby Thief by Barbara Bisantz Raymond is the true story behind the novel Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I read Before We Were Yours last year and it was one of my favorite books for the year. When I realized it was based on real people and events, I just had to read more. (#enneagram5here) This book tells the true story of Georgia Tann, the woman who single handedly shaped adoption into what it is today. Georgia was a master puppeteer, able to persuade politicians, lawyers, celebrities, and the Memphis elite at the time to follow her every whim. She turned adoption into a for-profit gig, made it trendy, and became a millionaire. Most horrifying was that she stole children, tricked parents into signing them over to her, and walked out of hospitals with infants whose mothers were told they were stillborn. She is both directly and indirectly the reason many babies didn’t survive infancy and why many, MANY children suffered much abuse in both temporary placements and adoptive homes.
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett is a novel that starts with two marriages imploding and the subsequent fallout over the next 50 years as the children of these two couples become adults and have families and lives of their own.
In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn was a free book from Amazon with our Prime account. I was SHOCKED to see it had excellent reviews on Goodreads, because I just didn’t think it was that great. Stay tuned to the end of the post for a book I DO recommend.
Finn and her family are in the mountains for a weekend away. They are driving a stripped-down camper, so the whole crew can ride together. On their way to dinner just after arriving, they encounter a deer in the road and the camper goes over the guard rail into a ravine. The book is about the events that happened after the accident and follows each member of the family until they have found happiness again. The whole time I read this book I just felt like something was “off” for me and while reading the author’s note at the end it all started to make sense. This story is based off some real events that happened to the author’s family, but they have been greatly embellished for the sake of drama. Looking back, you can tell the author has some very strong, negative feelings towards a character in the book who was a person in the author’s life.
It was just ok for me. I’m not one to give up on a book once I’ve started, so I did finish this book and I will say it held my attention. It just was not great by any means.
HOWEVER, if you are interested in a GREAT story about tragedy in the mountains, you should read The Mountains Between Us by Charles Martin which is also a movie now. This book was emotional and I couldn’t put it down!
If the beach/remote island setting is more your thing, please read Castle of Water. OH MY this book was emotional, but I loved it so, so much!
Conviction by Denise Mina has all the elements of a book I should love: suspense, mystery and crime, but this was a flop for me. This book has been on my waitlist for months, so I assumed because of its high demand and the number of copies available that I would really enjoy this one. Maybe my hopes were too high? I just felt like it was all over the place, but I will say it’s paced well and a quick read. I wasn’t loving it, but I was still wanting to know the outcome of the plot enough to be interested in getting to the end.