The Book of Lost Friends


      The Book of Lost Friends
A new novel inspired by historical events a 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 connection to her own students lives.Lisa Wingate brings to life 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 off.Louisiana, 1875 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, hope.Louisiana, 1987 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 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. Download The Book of Lost Friends By Lisa Wingate – tbjewellers.co.uk

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author ofthan thirty books Her blockbuster Before We Were Yours was on the NYT best seller list for over one year Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers Choice Award Lisa believes stories can change the world.

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Book of Lost Friends
  • Lisa Wingate
  • 05 March 2018
  • 1984819887

10 thoughts on “ The Book of Lost Friends

  1. says:

    NOW AVAILABLE 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 cant and shouldnt 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 Its Louisiana in 1875 and we first NOW AVAILABLE 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 strin...

  2. says:

    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...

  3. says:

    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 beon the fiction end of 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 beon 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 h...

  4. says:

    The Book of Lost Friends has become my favorite historical novel and, in fact, one of my favorite books that I ve read The book includes actual ads that were published in Southern newspapers and read to black congregations by their preachers, searching for relatives of former slaves The last time many of these people saw their families was in sale pens and auction yards, as they were being sold off to new owners, one or two at a time, dividing families forever, with no way of ever finding The Book of Lost Friends has become my favorite historical novel and, in fact, one of my favorite books that I ve read The book includes actual ads that were published in Southern newspapers and read to black congregations by their preachers, searching for relatives of former slaves The last time many of these people saw their families was in sale pens and auction yards, as they were being sold off to new owners, one or two at a time, dividing families forever, with no way of ever finding each other again The words are so heartbreaking, so heartfelt, and some of the ads in the book even tell of family members that has been reunited through the ads.I read this book with the Traveling Sisters,specifically, Mary Beth and Paige, of the TS because others are still reading it, and we discussed that all the brutality and cruelty of man is evident in a mann...

  5. says:

    Lisa Wingate has woven together two wonderful stories to make this absorbing historical novel set in 1875 and 1987 Following the abolition of slavery in America, many freed slaves had no idea where there families were as they were previously sold off and dispersed by their owners In 1875 young Hannie is the last of her large family left on the Louisiana cotton farm where they were slaves Accidently forced to accompany her previous owner s daughter, Lavinia and half daughter, Juneau Jane on...

  6. says:

    5 just right starsThis dual storyline book drew me in right away I found both storylines interesting and the characters fascinating They connected in a fantastic way and the conclusion of this book was done just right.The storyline from the past features Louisiana and Texas post Civil War and still a very tumultuous time in t...

  7. says:

    NOW AVAILABLE 4.5 StarsHistory has much to teach us At the beginning of this book, there are notes from Lisa Wingate, about Dialect and Historical Terminology, which is where the above quote is taken from She goes on to say That was one of the reasons for the inclusion of the real life Lost Friends ads in this book They are the stories of actual people who lived, and struggled, and who almost inadvertently left these small pieces of themselves for posterity.Told in two different time NOW AVAILABLE 4.5 StarsHistory has much to tea...

  8. says:

    Told in dual timelines, Hannie is an 18 year old slave living during the Reconstruction Era in Louisiana in 1875 Having been taken from her family before slavery ended, Hannie joins the plantation owner s daughters on an odyssey of sorts to find the two girls father while Hannie herself quests to find her own mother and siblings Benny is a first year teacher in 1987 who wants to make a difference in the lives of her Louisiana students Benny is working on a school project about local family Told in dual timelines, Hannie is an 18 year old slave living during the Reconstruction Era in Louisiana in 1875 Having been taken from her family before slavery en...

  9. says:

    When still a child Hannie had seen her complete family sold to other plantation owners, leaving her alone on the Gossett plantation, filling her days with work from dawn to dusk Hannie had kept Miss Lavinia, daughter of the plantation owner, company as her slave when Lavinia was a baby In 1875, at eighteen years old, Hannie accompanied Miss Lavinia and Juneau Jane, Lavinias free born Creole half sister on a journey the three of them took in search of answers.After encountering ruthless men at When still a ...

  10. says:

    I loved this book The Book of Lost Friends will be hard to beat for 2020 I suspect that it will be my favorite for the year Each chapter is written in alternating timelines In 1875 we meet Hannie, a former slave and 1987, Benny a new school teacher, trying to get through to her kids, in a very rural area of Louisiana Sometimes reading books with alternating timelines like this can be very confusing and you simply wonder how they are going to intersect, WELLLLLLLLL, Ms Wingate did a I loved this book The Book of Lost Friends will be hard to beat for 2020 I suspect that it will be my favorite for the year Each c...

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