Thursday, June 6, 2019

THE PINK BONNET by Liz Tolsma, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma is the second book in the series True Colors, Historical Stories of American Crime by Barbour Publishing.

Liz Tolsma has captured the flavor of 1933 Memphis, Tennessee and has built a story around the scandal that rocked many people’s lives. She has brought to life the despicable acts of the infamous Georgia Tann of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society.
This book is like watching an old black and white Film Noir, complete with a shiny black Cadillac limousine and a chauffeur with a nasty pistol. There are many tense moments for our hero and heroine. Ms. Tolsma has us rooting for them as they try to get the stolen children back. An emphasis is put on the spiritual condition of the characters and the reliance on God by the hero and heroine.
Get caught up in a bygone era and learn the history of a child adoption conspiracy that was far reaching in political circles.
I thought it especially interesting that the author has three adopted children. She wrote that she didn’t want to discourage anyone from adopting. In fact she encourages us all to ponder the plight of the many children who are in need.

*I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

BackCover Blurb:
A Desperate Mother Searches for Her Child
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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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  2. I read "When We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate last year and she touches on this exact subject of Georgia Tann. I had no idea about the so-called orphanage! If you guys get a chance to read it, I highly recommend it. It's an eye opener.

    I won a copy of this book from Goodreads so I am definitely going to be reading it! Thanks for the lovely review, Paula.

  3. Thanks for reviewing, Paula! This sounds pretty compelling and that Liz wrote a strong story based on a heartbreaking series of incidents.

  4. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate just became the #1 NYT Bestseller. That's quite an accomplishment!

    The Pink Bonnet will be a nice tie-in. Congrats to Liz!


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