Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

by

Lisa Wingate

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Jonah Character Analysis

Trent Turner III’s son. Jonah’s mother was married to another man when she had an affair with Trent and conceived Jonah. Jonah’s mother died in a car accident and Trent only found out that Jonah was his son when he received a call from her family saying that Jonah needed a liver donor and none of the family was a match. This confirmed Trent’s suspicions that Jonah was his and he successfully took custody of him. Avery and Jonah become fast friends, which helps draw Trent and Avery closer together. During the events of this story, Jonah is about three or four years old.

Jonah Quotes in Before We Were Yours

The Before We Were Yours quotes below are all either spoken by Jonah or refer to Jonah. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Personal Identity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ballantine edition of Before We Were Yours published in 2017.
Chapter 17 Quotes

I come from a world where we would never openly admit to such things, certainly not to someone who’s practically a stranger. In the world I know, a polished exterior and an unblemished reputation are paramount. Trent makes me wonder if I’ve become too accustomed to the constraints that go with upholding public appearances.

Related Characters: Avery Judith Stafford (speaker), Trent Turner III, Jonah
Page Number: 194
Explanation and Analysis:
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Jonah Character Timeline in Before We Were Yours

The timeline below shows where the character Jonah appears in Before We Were Yours. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
Family Secrets Theme Icon
Injustice and Class Divisions Theme Icon
Child Trafficking, Heritage, and Rewriting History Theme Icon
The little boy, Jonah, tells Trent that he had a nightmare about a dinosaur in his closet. Trent tries... (full context)
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Family Secrets Theme Icon
...are in a separate building on the property. Trent agrees and says he must put Jonah to bed. Before he turns away, his and Avery’s eyes meet and Avery “feel[s] something”... (full context)
Chapter 17
Personal Identity Theme Icon
Family Secrets Theme Icon
Injustice and Class Divisions Theme Icon
...While they walk, Trent talks about his life—he moved to Edisto from New York so Jonah could be close to family after his mother died. Avery says she’s sorry about his... (full context)
Chapter 21
Personal Identity Theme Icon
Family Secrets Theme Icon
Injustice and Class Divisions Theme Icon
...to lunch with Trent would be a bad idea until he mentions that he has Jonah with him—with Jonah there, it looks less suspicious for them to have lunch together. Avery... (full context)
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Trent texts Avery to let her know that he and Jonah are waiting for her. Avery calls him, explains what’s happening, and asks if he’ll follow... (full context)
Chapter 23
Personal Identity Theme Icon
Family Secrets Theme Icon
Injustice and Class Divisions Theme Icon
...what was once a large plantation and wonder who used to own it. Trent calls Jonah down off of the decaying veranda as Avery wonders why Judy would come to such... (full context)
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Family Secrets Theme Icon
Injustice and Class Divisions Theme Icon
Avery, Trent, and Jonah follow the path until it comes out into a well-maintained yard surrounding a quaint riverside... (full context)
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Family Secrets Theme Icon
...starts barking right outside of the screened-in porch so Trent hurries to take care of Jonah. A man on an ancient tractor pulls up by the cottage and calls the dog... (full context)