Book Review: The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma

About the Book:

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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My Thoughts:

The Pink Bonnet is Liz Tolsma’s first full-length novel and her first romantic suspense, and she did an excellent job with both. As a mother myself, I found this to be a very emotional book, and its really about three mothers, not just one. The pain that each of these women faced is something no mother (or father for that matter) wants to have enter their life. The wickedness that drove Georgia Tann was far beyond anything I had understood before. I knew she kidnapped children during the 30’s-50’s, but I didn’t understand the lengths she went to get her hands on them, nor the extent of her crimes. At the end of the book, Mrs. Tolsma shares some background on the story behind the story. I was agog at how many children Georgia Tann kidnapped over those years, how long she facilitated her evil, and the fact that she was never brought to justice.

The author did an excellent job at carrying the suspense through the book, as several times it feels like things will be resolved only to have the carpet ripped out from under the characters. I felt the sorrow that each of these mothers endured. Not only to have your own child taken from you, but also those that realized that the child they have loved as their own is not legally theirs. Could you do the right thing?

This may be a tough book to read for those who have ever lost a child or for the more sensitive reader, there are some elements of child abuse, spouse abuse, and other violence.

I recommend this book for those who love suspense, history, and romance combined, and for those who love true crime stories.

About the Author:

Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means more to her than her family. She’s married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.

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