A Walk To Remember – by Nicholas Sparks (1999)

A Walk To Remember

The story is told by Landon Carter when he is 57 years old, recalling a time forty years earlier. It was the 1950s in the small town of Beaufort, North Carolina. Landon and his buddies would sneak out at night to get into mischief, and often pull pranks on folks around town. Although it was a very religious community, the local minister, Hegbert Sullivan, and his daughter Jamie were frequently subjects of their off-color jokes. Jamie dressed modestly, wore a plain brown sweater, always carried her Bible, and was unfailingly kind.

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Before We Were Yours – by Lisa Wingate (2017)

Before We Were Yours

Adoption is a beautiful thing – a coming together of children who need a home and someone to love them, and adults who are ready to raise, protect and love them as their own flesh and blood. There are many excellent adoption agencies that put their heart into building families.

But back in the 1920’s, there actually was a woman named Georgia Tann who started her own black market adoption agency. She kept a sharp eye out for children that looked desirable – specifically blonde-haired, blue-eyed ones, and whose parents were poor and uneducated. The children were taken by what was supposed to be protective services, and temporarily kept in a large house where they were meagerly fed, abused and in some cases molested. Then they were sold off to wealthy clients with claims that the birth parents were dead, or had abandoned the children. Incredibly, this racket went on until 1950 before it was legally stopped.

This book is a work of fiction, but is based on events that actually happened to children at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. The child-trafficking organization left a trail of broken hearts and lives behind for decades, even after it was closed. It is almost unbelievable that such a thing could happen here in our country – but it did. It’s up to everyone to listen when children tell us things we don’t want to believe, and to confront evil when it rears its ugly head.