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  • a forgotten history unearthed

    Heartwrenching and beautiful, this story touched on so many emotions. Parallel stories in post-Civil War south and a young teacher in the 80s.  We follow three young women looking for family and property deeds and legal papers. During the search, they find themselves in danger and not knowing whom to trust. Along the way, they discover "Lost Friends" posts in papers and document many former enslaved people searching for family. Finding family and uncovering truths leads to many secrets. A young teacher, thrust into a classroom where children segregate themselves by class and color, tries to find a way to engage them with limited resources, children forgotten with lack of funding. Her project to get the children interested in their community, the past, and history, stirs up the surrounding area. What they uncover will forever change many and connect the dots to a part of history some would prefer to ignore. Hannie and Benny show us history cannot be swept away. This book serves to open eyes, hearts, and minds with understanding while educating us on a forgotten history in our country. May the stories not be forgotten, the names not left unuttered. **received an ARC from the publisher** 

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  • Fantastic read!

    This is another unputdownable page-turner by author Lisa Wingate. I absolutely loved this book that was rich in history from the Reconstruction era which featured freed slave 18-year-old Hannie Gossett who ends up on a journey to Texas with pampered plantation heirs Lavina and her Creole half-sister Juneau Jane in search of what happened to their inheritance in 1875 Agusta, Louisiana. This story alternates with 1987 Louisiana and English teacher Benedetta "Benny Silva who comes to Agusta, LA in search of a job that will erase her student loans. Benny's students range from 7th through 12th grade and most of them are not interested in learning. It is a struggle to get them to learn until she stumbles upon an idea to get them interested in doing research on the people who are buried in the old cemetery behind her rented house and the plantation owners. The Gossett family who still live and pretty much own the town do everything they can to stop her from her students' project. Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the ARC of this fantastic book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A must read for history buffs

    Lisa Wingate has written another masterpiece. In her new book, “The Book of Lost Friends” she brings to life the stories of two women a hundred years apart, yet so close that they merge into one. Hannie and Benny are masterfully brought together as they search for identity by looking at pasts that are filled with pain, desperation, separation and insecurities. Their dysfunctional lives find hope in their relentless pursuit for “lost friends”. The two lives converge in a story that will have you crying, laughing and reflecting on the importance of family legacies and traditions. I lived their lives in my mind as if watching a movie. Lisa’s descriptive writing and her historical knowledge brings the characters alive like no one can. She brings back to life those long lost histories that need to be retold. To borrow from a line in the story “if there is magic in this world, it’s contained in books”. This is definitely a magical heartbreaking and also encouraging work that will stay with you for a very long time. Five stars ⭐️ and more.

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  • intriguing title

    excellent story telling of these slave years through the historical lives of the characters from past to present. The author carries you away on a journey of perseverence and courage with a clear challenge to face your own fears with truth and committment to love unconditionally.

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  • Excellent!

    Love delving into family history and not surprising loved this book!

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