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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling writer of Earlier than We Had been Yours comes a brand new historic novel: the dramatic story of three younger girls looking for household amid the destruction of the put up–Civil Warfare South, and of a modern-day trainer who learns of their story and its very important connection to her college students’ lives.

Bestselling writer Lisa Wingate brings to life startling tales from precise “Misplaced Buddies” commercials that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil Warfare, as newly freed slaves desperately looked for family members who had been bought away.

Louisiana, 1875: Within the tumultuous period of Reconstruction, three younger girls set off as unwilling companions on a deadly quest: Hannie, a freed slave; Lavinia, the pampered inheritor to a now destitute plantation; and Juneau Jane, Lavinia’s Creole half sister. Every carries non-public wounds and highly effective secrets and techniques as they head for Texas, following roads rife with vigilantes and troopers nonetheless combating a battle misplaced a decade earlier than. For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is considered one of stolen inheritance and monetary desperation, however for Hannie, torn from her mom and siblings earlier than slavery’s finish, the pilgrimage west reignites an agonizing query: Might her long-lost household nonetheless be on the market? Past the swamps lie the limitless frontiers of Texas and, improbably, hope.

Louisiana, 1987: For first-year trainer Benedetta Silva, a sponsored job at a poor rural college looks like the ticket to canceling her hefty scholar debt—till she lands in a tiny, out-of-step Mississippi River city. Augustine, Louisiana, is suspicious of recent concepts and new individuals, and Benny can scarcely comprehend the lives of her poverty-stricken college students. However amid the gnarled reside oaks and run-down plantation properties lie the century-old historical past of three younger girls, a long-ago journey, and a hidden guide that might change all the pieces.