For Book Clubs
If you’re reading one of the books with your book club, or you’re an individual reader looking for further information, check out the links below for resources, activities, recipes, and historical background. Find book club kits and videos of Lisa discussing her books here.
Before We Were Yours. Two million copies sold!
Here is a link to the Book Club Kit, which gives some insight as to how Lisa decided to write this book and some additional historical background, pictures, etc.
A video of Lisa introducing the book.
Bookbub featured this Book Club Kit with a little different twist.
Video Interview by Chanticleer Reviews On Word Talks with Storytellers.
Lisa’s Pinterest page with pictures related to the book.
REPLY to a Question some have asked about Judy, which sister she was, etc.
Judy is one of the twins that Queenie gave birth to that fateful night at the hospital. If you go back to page 297-8 and reread the “book” that Grandma Judy began to write and that Avery found, you’ll see a recap of the hints throughout the book about Judy’s place in the sisterhood …
… Judy Myers later met and married Senator Stafford and was Avery’s Grandma Judy.
Before and After — The Real Life Sequel to Before We Were Yours
By Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate
The compelling, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandal—some of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate’s bestselling novel Before We Were Yours and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach.
Before and After includes moving and sometimes shocking accounts of the ways in which adoptees were separated from their first families. Often raised as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. Christie and Wingate tell of first meetings that are all the sweeter and more intense for time missed and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace better-late-than-never brothers, sisters, and cousins. In a poignant culmination of art meeting life, many of the long-silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with the authors to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children’s Home Society reunion . . . with extraordinary results.
The Official Trailer for this book
Before and After downloadable Book Club Kit
Commercial Appeal newspaper article & video about Lisa’s visit with Georgia Tann Adoptees in Memphis in 2018, after the launch of Before We Were Yours. And now their stories continue with this book….
A Yahoo News article by a reporter who attended a gathering of Adoptees and Families in Memphis.
North Carolina Chronicle related books
There are 6 other books related to The Prayer Box, The books all tell more about the family story, the Outer Banks, and the characters in The Prayer Box. All are Stand-alone reads.
Here are the titles in the order of publication:
The Seaglass Sisters (Novella in the anthology Sisters)
The Prayer Box (novel)
The Tidewater Sisters (Novella in the anthology Sisters)
The Story Keeper (Novel)
The Sandcastle Sister (Novella, in the anthology Sisters)
The Sea Keeper’s Daughters (Novel)
A Sandy’s Seashell Shop Christmas: An Outer Banks e-short
NOTE: The three novellas can be purchased separately as ebooks, or in print/ebook in the anthology “Sisters”
The Prayer Box
Book Club Kit
To view vintage photos, prayer boxes, and other pictures related to The Prayer Box, drop in to this Pinterest board even if you are not a registered member.
The Story Keeper
Book Club Kit. Go to this page and scroll down on the right to select Discussion Guide
Link for a Pinterest board with vintage photos and other pictures related the book:
The Story Keeper is a 2015 Christy Award Finalist and a fall 2014 SIBA Okra Pick.
The Story Keeper official book trailer.
For a Discussion Guide for The Sea Keeper’s Daughters go to this link, scroll down on the right side, and select Discussion Guide.
Vintage photos and other pictures related to The Sea Keeper’s Daughters and the Federal Writers’ Project are on these two boards.