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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In My Opinion
My first introduction to Georgia Tann and her crimes in Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours. That story was told from the point of view of the children, so I thought a book from a parent’s perspective would be interesting.
The Pink Bonnet wasn’t quite what I thought it would be. For me, the story felt too disjointed. When Cecile Dowd’s daughter is stolen from her, she’s on a mission to find her. Percy Vance, who is Tann’s legal representative, almost abruptly changes his opinion of his boss and promises to help Cecile. I would have enjoyed more development of the shift in Percy’s opinion of what was happening.
I’m also not sure R. D. Griggs’s perspective was necessary to this story (other than adding some conflict outside of the Tann debacle).
On the plus side, the suspenseful pace really picks up near the end of the book and managed to regain my attention after some slower sections.
If you’re unfamiliar with Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children’s Home, The Pink Bonnet will give you a good introduction to the crimes committed against the poor families in the Memphis area.
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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.
To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Pink Bonnet!!
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Faith Creech says
I love reading Liz’s books. Really looking forward to reading this new book. Thanks for the chance to win.
Suzie Waltner says
I love her books too, this one just fell a bit short for me 🙂
Caryl Kane says
Thank you for your honest review and being part of the tour!