30 June 2019

The Pink Bonnet | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway


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?

Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date: June 1, 2019



If you’ve read Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, you are aware of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children’s Home Society historic scandal. (If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.) Liz Tolsma’s The Pink Bonnet, the second True Colors novel, again revisits this tragic history, but from the perspective of a mother in search of her child. 

Cecile Dowd is a young widow, and though she loves her Millie Mae very much, most days it is a struggle to provide for her. After a neighbor allows Millie Mae to be taken by Tann, Cecile has no choice but to find her. Her desperate search leads to startling, heartbreaking revelations, especially when Tann’s lawyer Percy Vance sees the truth.

A solid historical story with a bit of romance, The Pink Bonnet has great moments of suspense. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to more from the True Colors series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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.


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. Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway.