About the Book
Book: The Pink Bonnet
Author: Liz Tolsma
Genre: Christian Historical, Suspense
Release date: June, 2019
A Desperate Mother Searches for Her Child
Step into True Colors—a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime
Widowed in Memphis during 1932, Cecile Dowd is struggling to provide for her three-year-old daughter. Unwittingly trusting a neighbor puts little Millie Mae into the clutches of Georgia Tann, corrupt Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society director suspected of the disappearance of hundreds of children. With the help of a sympathetic lawyer, the search for Millie uncovers a deep level of corruption that threatens their very lives.
How far will a mother go to find out what happened to her child?
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I cannot imagine the grief these women suffered at the hands of Georgia Tann. To know that she took innocent children from loving homes and sold them to the highest bidder makes my blood boil. To know that this is an epidemic we have yet to stop, it disgusts me.
It’s truly amazing the lengths some people are willing to go. Some to keep their blinders on so they can live in their comfortable bubble. Others on a mission to right the wrongs, no matter the cost.
This series has definitely been an eye-opener and we’re only on the second book.
If you enjoy true crime mysteries, I encourage you to pick up this series. While you don’t have to start at the beginning because each book stands on its own story, I don’t think you will regret reading all of them. I know I plan on it.
Now for the actual book review for The Pink Bonnet.
If you’re looking for light and fluffy romance, you’re in the wrong spot. At least with this book. If you’re looking for a book that will make you hug your kids tighter at night, read on.
True crime is a heartbreaking yet fascinating subject. I love reading these types of stories, but some will find the material too heavy. The plot of the story revolves around Cecile and her daughter, Millie. Cecile will go to any length to find Millie. I can connect with that. I think most mothers can.
R.D, one of the secondary characters, says it best as he laments the pains of adoption. Adoption is a great thing, but there are times when it brings unbearable pain. Yes, it is a great joy. But under Georgia Tann, things were done horribly wrong.
The writing style in The Pink Bonnet had a compact quality. There were no wasted words, no convoluted sentences that pulled you from the story because you had to go back and read something twice. All efforts focused on the plot. The goal: Find Millie.
A few times, Cecile’s hysteria wore on my nerves. Sorry. I understand she’s distraught. It’s just a personality thing. I don’t do hysteria. I get angry. My only other nit-picky detail is the lack of a Christian element. It finally shows up at the very end, but feels like an afterthought and, for me, it came without any leading up to the big ‘aha’ moment. Again, it’s a personality thing.
What I loved was Cecile’s passion and her never-quit attitude. Percy quickly became my favorite character though. He let his past define him until he met Cecile and began to realize that quantity in life does not trump quality of character.
About the Author
Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and is the mother of three. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.
More from Liz
A Desperate Mother Searches for Her Child
True, riveting stories of American criminal activity are explored through 6 unique stories of historical romantic suspense in the exciting new True Colors series.
In book two, The Pink Bonnet, Widowed in Memphis during 1932, Cecile Dowd is struggling to provide for her three-year-old daughter. Unwittingly trusting a neighbor puts little Millie Mae into the clutches of Georgia Tann, corrupt Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society director suspected of the disappearance of hundreds of children. With the help of a sympathetic lawyer, the search for Millie uncovers a deep level of corruption that threatens their very lives.
How far will a mother go to find out what happened to her child? Find out in The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma.
The True Crime Behind the Story
Georgia Tann was a woman who ran an adoption agency in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1924 until 1950. It is estimated that, in that time, she kidnapped over five thousand children and sold them to the highest bidder. She even advertised the children in the newspaper, especially around the holidays. Some of the nation’s biggest celebrities adopted through Miss Tann, including Joan Crawford, Dick Powell, and June Allyson. Learn more about Georgia Tann HERE and visit www.TrueColorsCrime.com for more exclusive content.