Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

by

Lisa Wingate

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The adoptive father of Rill and Fern Foss (renamed May and Beth Weathers). Darren is a wealthy music composer who adopts the girls to help alleviate his wife, Victoria’s, pain after several miscarriages and stillborn babies. Darren and Rill bond over Rill’s musical talents, although they initially struggle to find common ground. After Rill and Fern run away to find their biological parents and then return, Darren welcomes them back with open arms.
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Darren Sevier Character Timeline in Before We Were Yours

The timeline below shows where the character Darren Sevier appears in Before We Were Yours. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
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...couples mill about, talking to Tann and the children. Rill sees Lark coloring with one woman, Gabion playing with a couple, and a woman reading to Fern. The woman calls to... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...room while they talk in another. Rill hears a knock on the door and a man’s voice talking to Tann, who says he’s welcome to take Rill if he wants her... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Victoria and Darren Sevier tell Rill to call them Papa and Mommy. To Rill, this doesn’t seem like... (full context)
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...a boat, waking up with the sun comes naturally to them. Victoria is upset that Darren isn’t at breakfast yet, so Zuma goes to get him. When Darren comes in, Victoria... (full context)
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...leave, Rill sleeps for a while before lunch. When she wakes up, she slips into Darren’s music room when she’s sure he’s not there and starts playing a phonograph that’s out.... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...then sneaks closer to hear what they’re talking about. Tann tells Victoria that she and Darren will have to pay several thousand dollars for lawyers or else Rill and Fern’s grandma... (full context)
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That night Victoria tells Darren about what Tann said and Darren is furious. Victoria begs him to pay Tann, but... (full context)