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The Book of Lost Friends From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of Before We Were Yours Comes A New Novel Inspired By Historical Events A Dramatic 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 Vital Connection To Her Own Students Lives In Her Distinctive Voice, Lisa Wingate Brings To Life Startling 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 OffLouisiana, 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, HopeLouisiana, 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 Live 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 The latest book from a favorite author that has lots of ingredients in a novel that I like two timelines, characters who loves books, a Carnegie Library, strong female characters, based in real history both the big picture post Civil War South and also the specific and something I hadn t heard about, the lost friends ads read from the pulpits , and very hard situations but also hope I had read many of Lisa Wingate s earlier books then read Before We Were Yours in 2017 when it was one of my five star reads so I couldn t wait to get my hands on The Book of Lost Friends Given the opportunity to read an advance copy I adjusted my planned reading and my evenings for the last couple of days and wasn t disappointed Great story, entertaining and makes you think Only things that I would say to make this review a little balanced is that there a few things that seemed a little bit far fetched and the modern storyline started out feeling a tiny bit clich first year teacher new in a small town, meets and joins forces with the handsome but kind of closed off bachelor. Colored Tennessean Nashville , Oct 14, 1865information wanted of Caroline Dodson, who was sold from Nashville Nov 1st 1862 by James Lumsden to Warwick, a trader then in human beings , who carried her to Atlanta, Georgia, and she was last heard of in the sale pen of Robert Clarke, human trader in that place , from which she was sold Any information of her whereabouts will be thankfully received and rewarded by her mother,Lucinda Lowery,Box 1121, Nashville, Tenn Real Ad posted by a family member looking to reunite with a loved one Just one of many ads placed after emancipation.Can you even imagine having to write such an ad Can you imagine having a child, a spouse, a parent, a sibling torn from your life to never have word from them again Can you imagine being bought and sold Can you imagine having family members who were slaves Can you imagine what it must be like to have ancestors who owned slaves Can you imagine going on a journey trying to find your father to have the unimaginable happen to you so that it renders you unable to function Can you imagine trying to inspire and motivate your students Find a project which will make them want to learn and be proud of themselves Inspired by historical events, The Book of Lost Friends is a story of three women on a journey in the post Civil war south, it is also the story of a teacher who rediscovers those women s story and its connection to her students lives.Louisiana, 1875 Lavinia, a spoiled heir to a destitute plantation goes on a quest with her illegitimate Creole half sister, Juneau Jane, and her former slave, Hannie While Lavinia and Juneau Jane are searching for their father and their possible inheritance, Hannie desperately wants to know what happened to her mother and eight siblings who were sold before the end of slavery Will she ever see them again Having seen ads along the way placed by freed slaves looking for family members, she wonders, could she find them this way Louisiana, 1987 Benedetta Benny Silva is a first year teacher who is desperately trying to get her student s attention Absences, hunger, and poverty keep many from getting a good education Looking through an old plantation for books that her classroom and local library might use, she finds a book a history of three women Could this change everything for her class The three women s journey changed their lives but will also have an impact on Benny and her student s lives as well.Slow to start this book packed a powerful punch The story is told in two timelines with the Lost Friends ads placed in between These ads pack a powerful punch that resonates throughout the book BTW, all the ads placed by freed slaves have been made into a book titled Last Seen Voices from Slavery s Lost Families Wingate did a great job building her plot and joining the two story lines They are moving and powerful I found this book to be captivating, thought provoking, and emotionally moving I loved books that not only teach me something but affect me emotionally as well Fans of Wingate and Historical fiction will find this book appealing Thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own. 4.5 starsTo tell a tale of loss is never an easy task The heartbreaking moments are many, and the realization hits the reader that these things so well related in a fictional setting did indeed take place in our country These are things never to be forgotten, never to be relegated to the back pages of history These are things in which a living nightmare was experienced.I have been having a bit of a time lately with the historical fiction genre I have found it to be on the fiction end of things than on the historical and for me that has been disappointing However, with Lisa Wingate s, The Book of Lost Friends, I am very pleased to have found a generous believable mixture of both history and fiction Told in two time periods, 1875 and 1987, we are transported to Louisiana It is ten years after the Civil War and the slaves have been emancipated but in essence while they are free their struggles have not abated It is the South with the attitude of the Klan running rampant It is also the South where slave families have been brutally separated never to see their loved ones Sisters, brothers, parents, grandparents have been torn from each other and not a day goes by where one of our main protagonists does not feel that all encompassing loss.Hannie, the former slave, now sharecropper, and two women, Lavinia, the heiress to a run down plantation and her half sister, Juneau Jane, a mixed race child, set out upon a journey to find their father, to settle an inheritance, meeting dangers along the way and hardship Hannie, rekindles, as they travel, that question that plagues her constantly, could my family, that was torn from me and sold off, be out there Hannie so desires connections just as the two half sisters do Hope dwells in the heart of Hannie and of course the sisters as well As they travel the book of lost friends takes on a great importance for it is in that book that people pour out their loss of family pining for the time when they can reunite with loved ones The people in the book pledge their anguish which is then printed in a paper distributed to churches far and wide and read aloud in churches Names are read, lineages are given, and perhaps some day families and loved ones will be reunited.The other part of the book which alternates with the 1875 component, deals with a teacher, Benedetta Silva, hoping to cancel her student debt by teaching in a run down poorly serviced school She is the teacher to a group of high school age disadvantaged children who see no value in learning She becomes discouraged, disappointed, and bereft as she combats apathy, hopelessness and despair Bennie trips onto an idea, a glimmer of something that might spur her recalcitrant students Can a project reconnecting the kids with the past of their town, ignite something in them It s a risk but one Bennie feels in her heart is well worth taking.Connections are drawn, family is discovered, and there is renewed interest, understanding, and love shared as the happenings of 1875 unite with those of 1987.I recommend this book for the gentle telling, the awakening to the horrible instances that happened to so many in our country s history, and the part that history can and does play in the realization that remembrance brings so much into our learning of life Thank you to Lisa Wingate, Random House Ballantine Books, and NetGalley for a copy of this wonderful book due out April 7, 2020. This is a wonderful story based on true facts and records I felt the beginning was a bit slow but this book is very much worth sticking to it It can t and shouldn t be rushed There is a lot of humanity and history here Each chapter is begun with an ad from the original Lost Friends newspaper columns This story takes place in post civil war Louisiana and Texas, although the ads in the Lost Friends column will take us back years earlier It s Louisiana in 1875 and we first meet Hanie Gossett standing behind a stockade log fence where slaves are being held during an auction to sell some of them She s a young girl and watches as her family is taken from her one by one Her mama told her never to forget her family, she had made fifteen tiny poke sacks, hung with jute strings they stole out of the wagon Inside each bag went three blue glass beads off the string that Grandmama always kept special Circumstances all come together after the emancipation so that Hannie is able to escape Hannie is going to search for her family and the other sacks with beads She is not alone, she has with her Lavinia Gossett, daughter of the owners and a creole girl, the illegitimate daughter named Juneau Jane These characters come together under really unusual and incredible circumstances that I will leave you to discover.They stumble across an old church which is papered inside with newspaper columns At first they think this is just a covering for the walls until they read the ads and understand that this is a history of many slaves lives While searching for her family Hannie also looks out for those she has found are missing and Juneau Jane adds names and ads to a book that she has created The other timeline is that of a young, inexperienced teacher, Benny, who is starting a new job as a teacher in an impoverished area of Louisiana where the school s curriculum has little to do with her students real life They are often absent because there are no parents to make sure they attend school and sometimes they are needed at home to watch younger siblings Benny is smart enough to quickly discern that she has to find a different way to get through to these kids She talks about The Lost Friends newspaper columns Once she introduces them to the book and what it is all about they decide on a project to research and reenact one of their ancestors in a program to try to raise money for the school.Miss Wingate has again written a captivating and intelligent historical fiction novel which teaches while it takes hold of the reader s heart I learned so much about the South post civil war and it made that history come alive for me with these characters.I think that these characters were believable and I found both storylines to be interesting In the author s notes she states that the idea for the book came to me in the most modern of ways via e mail The note came from a volunteer with the Historic New Orleans Collection , she d been entering database information gleaned from advertisements well over a century old The goal of the project was to preserve the history of the Lost Friends column From this e mail and the author s imagination this novel was born.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.This book is set to publish on April 7, 2020

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