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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a new novel inspired by little-known 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.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Ballantine Books
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Christa
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I thought this was a very good book by Lisa Wingate. It went back and forth between two time periods - 1875 and 1987. The 1875 time period focused on Hannie, an 18 year old former slave whose once large family was sold one by one when she was 6 years old by her master's brother in law when he was supposed to be taking them from the Louisiana plantation to a property in Texas. Hannie was the only one in her family that her master was able to find and recover. She still misses her family.

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Kay
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Book of Lost Friends will have you broken-hearted, crying, cheering and amazingly thrilled by the end of the most often cruel masters of slaves. Forgetting the slaves are people that love their own families and friends and never forget them...especially after if they’re sold.
Five ++ stars for Lisa Wingate in this must read historical tale.
Mandy Haynes
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Wingate is an amazing author. The Book of Lost Friends is a heartbreakingly beautiful story that everyone needs to read.
Pamela
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I loved the parts that were Hannie’s story set in 1875.
Rachel
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate is an excellent historical fiction and literary masterpiece. It is an excellent dual timeline tale that weaves the reader a fabulous story that intersects and unfolds to a satisfying and heartfelt ending. This story has it all: history, heartbreak, barriers and troubles, and triumphs.

I enjoyed both main characters: Hannie in post- Civil War 1875 and Benedetta 1987 Louisiana. Hannie is trying to find family dispersed from the recent war. It was
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Leslie Horton
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘We die once when the last breath leaves our bodies. We die a second time when the last person speaks our name.’ The first death is beyond our control, but the second one we can strive to prevent.” Ok, so I stepped out of my usual genres and read this wonderful historical fiction. It is set in Texas and Louisiana and told from two points of view and two time periods. 1875, Hannie is separated from her large family and is looking to find them. 1987. Benny is a single teacher making a powerful ...more
Sharon
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Previous having received the Goodreads award for top historical fiction, Lisa Wingate hits it out of the park with this book. I loved Hannie's story and thoroughly enjoyed the present day teacher and teenagers discovering their heritage though the Lost Friends Letters. I won't give details to avoid spoiling the story for anyway, but just to say... there is so much rich history here and so much respect for family ties and rediscovering one's roots. And speaking of roots, it puts me in mind of the ...more
Emily
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful, lyrical, heart-rending book. It's an important tale to tell, and I hadn't previously heard about the "lost friends" messages and attempts of former slaves to locate friends and loved ones. I'm glad to know this piece of the human story. The colloquial language and accents in this book are a bit hard to follow for me, not being from the South or already familiar with the speech patterns. But this book is worth taking your time with. Excellent job!
Shanna
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhh, this book! Lisa Wingate is one of my most favorite authors, and once again, she does not disappoint. Beautifully written book about such an important story that many of us have not heard about. The emotions and feelings she invokes in every single one of her books is unparalleled. Loved this beautiful story.

Thank you to netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
Carla Terry
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a good story. I did not enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Before We Were Yours. It just was not as compelling. It is well-written and flows nicely. The characters could have been a little more developed.
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Beautifully written historical fiction. I’ve been in the south all my life and well aware of slavery and plantation owners, etc. This book opened my eyes to things that didn’t really cross my mind. These people that were bought and sold had families; most were sold away from one another where they might never see one another again. The Book Of Lost Friends brings some hope to reconnecting. I enjoyed Hatties journey and story in 1875 and then the story of the teacher a hundred years later and how ...more
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Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than 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 ...more