The Pink Bonnet

True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime

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Pub Date 01 Jun 2019 | Archive Date 29 Aug 2019

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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?
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...

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This is an awesome book!! The author makes you feel like you are there. You can feel all of the emotions and see the scenes play out in your mind. Once you start reading, you can't put it down. If you are looking for book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, grab this book!! I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves christian historical fiction. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.

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"...there was nothing like a mother’s love, other than God’s love for His own children. Fierce. Determined. Protective."
Memphis, Tennessee in 1933 was a dangerous place for young children, especially those from poor families. This well-written tale based on the true crimes of Georgia Tann and her Tennessee Children's Home Society was heart wrenching, yet not without hope.
The determination of Cecile to find her missing daughter was amazing. I like how the author parallels that to God's love for us. The action and suspense revved up in the last half with the desperate search for Millie and the truth of the wrongful adoptions from the shady agency. It had me reading faster to see how it would end! The choices people faced when confronted with the truth was telling of their hearts; they risked everything to right the wrongs done. It was complicated. Adoption always is complex, as the author points out, but at least today it is done very carefully. Interesting to think these crimes continued for so long. How very sad.

Recommend to readers who enjoy stories with historical interest, plus a clean romance and faith. 4.5 stars

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THE PINK BONNET by LIZ TOLSMA is a romantic, historical, crime novel that is a real eye opener. The exploitation of children, greed, injustice fraud and lies in high places are issues that are brought out in the book.
The story takes place in 1933 when Miss Tann of the Tennessee Children's Home Society literally stole children and sold them to parents who were desperate for a child. It is heart wrenching to know that she, and those in cahoots with her, got away with their crimes for years.
When three year old Millie Mae Dowd is taken from her widowed mother, Cecile is devastated and determined to find her precious little girl. Percy Vance, who works as Miss Tann's legal advisor, sees his boss's wickedness and sacrifices a lot to help Cecile in her search.
It is a well written book with a good Christian message running through it.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Barbour Publishing. The opinions in this review are completely my own.

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In The Pink Bonnet, author Liz Tolsma tells of the pain, heartache, and horrors that happened as young children were kidnapped from their often poor families by Tennessee Children’s Home Society’s director Georgia Tann and then adopted to “more suitable” families. The children were often mistreated in their new placement. With many important government officials in her back pocket, Tann was able to get away with this for more than 25 years. Tolsma tells a fictionalized version of true events that happened in Tennessee during the 1930. She tells the story of widowed mother Cecile, who searches for her daughter Millie, who was signed over to Georgia Tann by a neighbor through forged signatures. Millie was then adopted to another family.

Fans of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate will thoroughly enjoy this story. As a parent of young children, it broke my heart to read about the heartaches these children and mothers faced and how this practice was able to go on so long without government officials stopping it. This is a well written story by Liz Tolsma and one that I would recommend.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

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The Pink Bonnet is part of the new series, True Colors, which is of historical stories of American crime. It tells the story about widow Cecile trying her best to take care of her daughter. To her horror, her daughter is taken away and given to the Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society. She joins forces with Percy to find out where her daughter has gone to. In doing so, they find themselves in some dangerous situations that put their lives at risk. Will they find her little girl before it is too late?
The Pink Bonnet has got to be among my top five books I have read this year to date. I cannot believe this is based on true events. It is hard to imagine the horror that parents had gone through when they lost their children and not knowing where they went to or ever seeing them again. How sad and tragic.
I would give The Pink Bonnet one hundred stars. I highly, highly recommend this book.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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This is a story about child abduction. It is also about a mother's love and determination to find her daughter. A daughter that has illegally been kidnapped and adopted to the highest bidder. The intriguing part of the story is that there actually was a Tennessee Children's Home Society. This adoption agency was organized and run by the real person, Georgia Tann, in Memphis, Tennessee. She ran this agency from 1924 to 1950. An estimate of around 500 children were kidnapped and sold.
Some of her clients were, Joan Crawford, June Allyson and Dick Powell. Involved in this horrible enterprise were a Judge and a politician. These people helped her move the adoption process along with fake signatures.
Adoption is a wonderful thing. It brings children to parents and can make happy families.
This story is remarkable in melding a heartwarming story with true facts.

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Very good mystery and it is historically accurate as well! The characters are quite believable. The plot was quite involved, in fact in my opinion it was too detailed. It showed how some adoption agencies did operate in the past, but thankfully they don't now! Really interesting and worth the read!

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This books has all the feels: happy, sad, scared, disturbed. It is historical fiction set during the depression. I had never heard of Georgia Tann and her 26 year rein of terror in Memphis, TN. Even today, it's hard to imagine her level of evil. While most of the characters in the book are fictional, they do portray what many parents experienced during that time in TN.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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I was mesmerized from the first page! What a great story. When I found out it that some of the characters were real, I was even more interested. It was a tragic tale with at least one happy ending. The characters were likable and realistic. The story drew me in and I was holding my breath as the story went on.

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What a tragic story! Liz Tolsma's The Pink Bonnet does a wonderful job at showing the horrors of the adoption agencies in the 1930's in Memphis Tennessee. I kept waiting for Tann to receive her justice, but if you read Tolsma's footnotes at the end, Tann never does. How sad! As a mother, I couldn't imagine the horrors of trying to struggle to put food on the table, then turn around and have someone turn your child in, only to learn they have been adopted by someone else who might be able to take care of them better than you. Tolsma's story had plenty of action especially the ending. Lots of hair raising moments where the characters come close to finding Millie, than something happens to make her a little farther out of reach. The only item I found unrealistic was the romance between . . . and Percy. It didn't quite fit with the way Tolsma created the characters. It felt completely out of place for the story. Overall, The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma opened my eyes to another horror in our American history. The characters fought hard and made for a wonderful ending. Fans of this series should pick this one up too.

I received a complimentary copy of The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma from Barbour Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

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Omigosh, this was an emotional (but super enjoyable) read! Similar to the best-selling "Before We Were Yours", the story is quite different but involves the same evil woman, Georgia Tann who kidnapped thousands and babies and sold them! Cecil Dowd, a fictional character, featured in this book was one of those totally freaked-out mommies who, in her case, had her 3-yr-old Millie Mae stolen from her. Then there are the adoptive mothers who have come to love their new children so very much, only to have them "repossessed" by Ms. Tann and sold to a higher bidder.

Like I said: pretty emotional!

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Liz Tolsma's The Pink Bonnet: True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime was a very shocking book. It is a fictional depiction of The Memphis Children's Home Society and the director Georgia Tann. A young widow's child is abducted under the guise of placing the child in a better home. The mother begins a search for her daughter only to find that her daughter is one of many children abducted illegally and sold to others. Hard to believe in Twentieth-Century America that these types of kidnappings took place. Unbelievable, eye-opening book. Would definitely recommend to those who like historical fiction and books based on true crimes.

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I really got drawn in to this story! It's got a ton of drama, believable characters and is quite fast paced. I think it's so tragic that events like this really happened in our country. I will write a more formal review closer to the publishing date, but this is a winner for history/suspense/romance readers!

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As I started to read The Pink Bonnet, I was completely unaware of the dark period of American History that I was embarking into. In sharing the story of Mrs Tann, of Tennessee Children's Home Society, Liz truly captures the emotions and pain that parents like Cecile Dowd experienced as she came to realise that her daughter had been kidnapped and sold. Previous to this Cecile and her 3 year daughter Millie, had been making the best of hard times. Cecile's husband had died and they were far away from her parents who had disowned her. The nightmare began when Cecile left her daughter with her neighbour as she had been in the practice of doing for the occasional bit of child minding. Cecile pushes past the accepted boundaries as she and a new friend searched for her cherished daughter. I am still grappling with the incredulous operation that Mrs Tann ran for 25 years, selling around 5,000 children; many from loving homes.

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After the 1st book in the “True Colors” series, blew me away, I was looking forward to the next offering in the series. I was rewarded! In “The Pink Bonnet,” author, Liz Tolsma, explores the underbelly of Memphis Tennessee in the 1930s when parents dared not to leave their children alone, for fear they may just disappear.

Imagine leaving your child with a neighbor so you can go on a job interview. You return home to discover the neighbor has given her to someone who runs an orphanage. What lengths would you go to, to get her back? That’s just what Cecile is facing in “The Pink Bonnet.”

“True Colors” is a series of historical stories of American crime. While the main characters are fictional, the books are based on actual events. “The Pink Bonnet” is based on the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and Georgia Tann, the woman who ran it. The crimes committed by this woman and her cronies in high places are amazing! As an adoptive mother, herself, author Liz Tolsma took great care to respect the legal process of adoption, and the gift it is to both parents and their adoptive children.

I completely enjoyed “The Pink Bonnet,” and the characters in this amazing story. The romance was especially well crafted. I found myself anxious for the children in the book, and looked forward to learning what would happen next,

As in all “True Colors” books, “The Pink Bonnet” is clean, with no sex or curse words. Virtues such as honesty, loyalty, and doing the right thing, even when it is hard, are held in high regard. If you like true crime but don’t like the cringe-worthy language and behavior that are often included in those books, “The Pink Bonnet” is for you. It’s available now!

Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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As I read The Pink Bonnet, I thought that this story could have really happened in Memphis back in the 1930's. only to discover that it was based on factual events. Reading about a mother having her child taken from her wasn't easy as Liz Tolsma writes in such a way to make you feel as her well-developed characters do. I found it to be a very satisfying story. I received an ARC from NetGalley. I chose to write a review and share my opinion.

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It was a few months ago when I learned about the true story of the evil woman named Georgia Tann, a notorious child trafficker who ran the Tennesse Children’s home from 1924 to 1950. Someone should write a book about this woman, I thought to myself.

And like magic, The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma appeared.

The author does a great job bringing this horrible woman to life and gives us a fictionalized look at what could and probably did happen to poor mothers who crossed paths with Georgia. This woman would steal children then sell them to wealthy people. She did this by any means necessary even if it meant lying to the police, the court system, politicians.

There is a fantastic podcast on Criminal here about Georgia Tann.

The plot:

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?

I like this book, it made Georgia Tann come alive. Once you read this book, listen to the podcast I linked to above. This is true crime like you’ve never heard before!

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This is a disturbing but captivating tale of a time in history when unlawful adoption practices were allowed. These practices damaged the unsuspecting parents as they were forced to lose their children. These practices also damaged the children whose true identities were ripped away and replaced with identities that would prevent their natural parents from ever finding them as well as keeping the children from knowing who they really were.

Enter Celia Dowd, who refuses to accept the theft of her child by Georgia Tann who operates the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and engages along with others in these unlawful adoptions and you have a story that will keep you captivated to the end.

The author is a gifted storyteller. I have not read much of her work. However, what I have read has proven to me that she is not a “one-time wonder”. I look forward to reading much more of her works.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book that was provided by the publisher through Net Galley. However, the thoughts and opinions presented here are my own.

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Wow! Great book!!! Thought provoking and scary. I didn't put it down. Loosely based on actual events, this is a fictional story about a woman, down on her luck, whose child was taken by mistake and adopted out to another family. Well written and fascinating! Loved it!

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Wow! NOT your stereotypical historical fiction novel (which I enjoy) but SO much better! The Pink Bonnet tells the story of a child who was taken from her single mother and sold to a new family. The story takes place in Tennessee in the 1930s and is based on true historical events. As a parent, it was especially heart-wrenching to read, but very much worth my time. Read this book!!! It is amazing!

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I had been seeing ads for it pop up and I probably read the description several times and each time thought, "No, that would probably be too scary and sad for me." I'm still not sure why I decided to go ahead and read The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma,  but for some reason I did. And it was spooky. I think it wouldn't have been so scary if I hadn't known that it was actually based off of true crimes that happened in Tennessee in the 1930s to 1950s! But it was worth reading, even through the scary parts and the sad parts. Although this was the true crime that happened, the book itself is a fictional story.  Liz Tolsma did a fantastic job describing what it must have been like to have one's child kidnapped and adopted by someone else. I kept thinking that Cecile was a real person and I wanted to cry with her and hug her and do all that I could to get her daughter, Millie, back. I was definitely wondering if there would be a happy ending or not, but I'm not going to tell you if it ended happy or not. I'll let you read it to find out for yourself.

I recommend this book for those who enjoy historical mysteries, and true crime stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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The Pink Bonnet is part of a series of true crime stories, written by Liz Tolsma. Set in the 1930’s, the novel portrays the horrendous crimes that the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and George Tann have committed. Based on a true story, Tann ran an adoption scam, kidnapping children and selling them to the highest bidder. The Pink Bonnet is about a mother named Cecile Dowd, who’s daughter is put up for adoption without her consent. In despair, she tries whatever she can to get her daughter back with the help of attorney Percy Vance, while no one else believes Tann could organize such a terrible thing.
The Pink Bonnet is a fast-paced novel with very few grammatical errors. I finished this book in a day because I couldn’t put it down! I rate this book five out of five stars because I just love how it is written and how all the characters have a very bold personality. The author has a way of writing that allow you to feel every action play out in your head and every emotion in your heart. This heart wrenching book quickly became one of the best true crime stories I have ever read.

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The Pink Bonnet was centered around Georgia Tann's directorship during 1924 through 1950. I had no previous knowledge of Tann or the Memphis Tennessee Children's Home Society. Reading about them for the first time took me on an emotional journey.

Right away the protagonist, Cecile, was relatable. She represented mothers from all walks in life and gave cohesiveness to a story that could have been confused by too many characters. Cecile and Millie, her daughter, give you enough reason to continue reading. As other characters are introduced the interactions among them easily move the story forward.

The plot was heart-wrenching and kept me emotionally invested, but the sense of reality was slightly interrupted by convenience. In spite of this, I couldn't stop reading. If you keep the perspective that this is a fictionalized account of a true crime then you won't want to miss this book.

Liz Tolsma handled this true crime delicately. Some events were implied and more horrific details were omitted. The reader doesn't need graphic details to understand the depth of corruption and lawlessness in this case. I could not have read about Georgia Tann if it had been handled any other way. I know it's a good book when I cry for real people while reading fiction.

I enjoyed reading this book, but the ending left me disappointed. It felt rushed and I'd have liked more closure concerning the lives of a few fictional characters. Of course, I would have wanted everyone to have a happy ending, so, perhaps the author's intentions were to leave questions because ,in real life , not everyone gets happy results.

I recieved an eArc from Barbour Books, via Netgalley. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Before I began this novel I had never heard of Georgia Tann or the Tennessee Children's Home Society. I quickly learned though that this was not a nice woman and the things that she and her cohorts did were absolutely appalling. This story is one I won't soon forget.

This story takes place during the early 1930s when times were hard due to the recent depression. Although the story centers on the real-life Tann and there is mention of two other real-life people, the rest of the characters are fictional. Yet they are so well-written and developed that it is easy to believe they were real and the entire story laid out in the pages of this book was real. The author does a fantastic job of capturing the personalities of the characters and making them totally believable. It was easy to visualize Tann as a monster with her orthopedic shoes and odd odor. It was equally as easy to imagine the fear the children faced as they were torn from their homes and placed with strangers, some nice and some not nice.

It was hard for me to believe that this was a debut novel. The author's writing style is wonderful and she has a way of telling a story that kept my interest. I do admit I had to set the book down from time to time because this isn't a light read. Sometimes the subject matter got to be just a bit much. I'm not sure I've ever read a book where I've despised so many of the characters.

If you like true crime stories I believe you will enjoy this book. Although it falls in the genre of Christian fiction there isn't too much of a religious tone to the story. It's just a really well-written fictional story set around real events and people.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

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Cecile Dowd is the widowed mother of an active three-year-old girl named Millie. They resided in Memphis, Tennessee in 1933, a time when cautious parents kept a close watch on their children. The reason? Children around Memphis and other nearby towns were disappearing, and it wouldn't be publicly known until years later that this was happening under the direction of Georgia Tann of the Tennessee Children's Home Society.

Percy Vance, a lawyer who came up from a life of poverty, was indebted to Georgia Tann. He believed that she was saving children from a childhood like his own, pairing them with loving parents. Only after meeting Cecile Dowd did he truly begin to doubt Tann's motives and methods.

Liz Tolsma, an adoptive mother of three, does a wonderful job of exposing the atrocities of Tann's exploitation of the adoption process, the children and the families while reminding readers of the good that can come from adoption handled by those with everyone's best interest at heart. She also expertly keeps the reader wondering about the story's great question. Where is Millie Dowd?

I am grateful to have received a copy of The Pink Bonnet from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.

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My Review:

My Rating: 4 stars.

My Thoughts: WOW!!! I am heart broken by this story!

While I enjoy historical fiction this one is based on true stories, and this is one scary story. Kids just disappearing from their homes? Yeah, I had no idea that it had been so bad during the Great Depression. The blurb doesn't even begin to show the true horror in this book, yes, it's about a mother searching for her kidnapped daughter but it's so much more. It's about standing up even when it doesn't feel like you can, it's about trusting God to bring you peace, in all this was a dark story that ended with hope.

Since it is dark I suggest that 17 up read it with caution, and 16 can possibly read it if someone that you trust screens it first. It is a very insightful story of a dark time in the not too distant past and things like this do happen still. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Review to post here: on 6/6/2019

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This book plays hard on your emotions, sadness, anger, and wanting revenge, and all because of what a powerful woman does to families and children. In her time in Tennessee she is suspected of stealing over 5000 children, and when I think of the loss to the parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family, so many hurting people, and all for greed.
This is a fictional account, but it could be so true, and there are several real people named here, and they are all complacent and are fine with doing the evil work with this woman, Georgia Tann.
We put faces through the author of the what some of these people actually experienced, and it is so hard, you want to be able to help. The people we trust, i.e. the police and legal are not there to help, and this woman has so much power.
You don’t want to miss this one, once I picked it up, I didn’t put it down until finished and that included the don’t miss author’s notes.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.

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The Pink Bonnet is the second book in the True Colors a series of Historical Crimes written by different authors so they each standalone. I plan on reading each of the books as they release because so far they have both been so good.
In this novel, author Liz Tolsma tells the true story of Georgia Tann who ran an adoption agency in Memphis, Tennessee from 1924 to 1950. Unfortunately the children she took were taken without their parents permission or knowledge. I have to admit that I was unaware of this corrupt practice she and others were engaged in and it really angered me..

Young widowed Cecile Dowd and her three year old daughter, Millie stole my heart as they fall prey to this horrible practice and are suddenly separated from each other. The author wrote the emotions of both mother and daughter so realistically that I teared up several times while reading this well crafted story. We meet several really horrible characters in this book but there are a few good ones who I liked so much and who helped Cecile as she searched for her child.
I quickly got caught up in the storyline as the search continued to find Millie and the pure love Cecile had for her as she searched tirelessly for her.

I loved the action and suspense that had me sitting on the edge of my seat as the search continued and had me turning pages as fast as I could. If there are any readers out there looking for historical stories of true crimes or a great book in general, I highly recommend this one because it truly well worth the read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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Very well told story of the kidnapping of a young child and an illegal adoption ring 1933 Memphis. Most incredible is that it's an illustration based on true happenings. This is the story of one young mother and her search for her daughter throughout the intense corruption of the city. Widowed in Depression era Memphis during 1932 and no family to help her, Cecile Dowd is having a difficult providing for her three-year-old daughter and herself. Since she is a single mother, what she has is precious, what she doesn't have is too far away from her reach. Trusting a neighbor while she is looking for work and food turns out to be a mistake. She returns to find her daughter has been taken. An organization called Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society is at the root of over 5,000 kidnappings from 1924-1950, with deep roots in the city government. Some who adopted were celebrities. Cecile is able to get help from a young lawyer, but nothing is easy. Riveting. Heart wrenching. Grief and love on both sides of these adoptions. Liz Tolsma never fails!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Emotional! Liz Tolsma has written a fictional story of Cecile Dowd whose three year old child, Millie, was stolen by Georgia Tann of the Memphis Tennessee Children's Home Society! My heart went out to Cecile and Millie as well as the other mothers and children involved in this true scandal. Cecile's husband has passed away and Millie is the only family she has. You will also meet some of the adoptive families who unknowingly adopted a kidnapped child who they love. The story moves quickly and keeps your attention. I recommend The Pink Bonnet to others. I received an advance copy of the Pink Bonnet from NetGalley and Barbour Books. This is my honest opinion.

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‘Love. Compassion. Kindness. Those constitute a parent whether blood or not.’
This book vividly portrays the darkness in some souls. Meet Miss Georgia Tann, director of the Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society, who kidnapped and sold over 5,000 children during the years 1924 - 1950. These children were stolen from their families whether well cared for or not. Very few, if any, were ever returned to their families. One can’t help but wonder if they ever connected with those blood relations again.
The author has taken this dark point in history and fashioned the fictional story of one such child and her loving mother. I must admit I sat at the edge of my seat, had tears in my eyes and even held my breath at times while reading this book. Wow! You really want to be ready for the emotional reaction this novel will stir up in you. Under the best of circumstances, adoption can be difficult for all parties. Imagine if you are torn away from your parent(s) without consent! Millie experienced just that. How was she to ever find her momma again? Cecile, Millie’s momma, wondered if it was even possible for her to locate her daughter in the midst of all this horror.
The anger I felt with this injustice was alleviated by the time I reached the ending of this incredible book. Would that there had been justice for all those children.
I had the privilege of receiving an ARC through Barbour Publishing, NetGalley and CelebrateLit. This review gives my personal impressions and opinions.

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Wow! Talk about a book that will grip you and hold you captive from cover to cover! I started this too late into the evening to read in one sitting, but believe me when I tell you I cam home from work today anxious to finish. This book had me hook, line, and sinker! By sharing several points-of-view throughout the novel, Liz Tolsma was able to hold the reader in suspense not only to show how events would unfold for each character, but keep them wondering if one of the voices belonged to Cecile's daughter. Everything was masterfully woven together to form the perfect narrative. The best way I can explain how I feel after closing the cover is that I'm caught up in a book fog.

Last year I read the book Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, and that was my first introduction to the madness of Georgia Tann and the Tenesee Children's Home Society. Knowing how many of the people's stories actually turned out, I wasn't sure if I was going to be digging into a book with a happy ending or not. I will not spoil this for you, but I will tell you that the mystery held me captive with an anxious heart. Sometimes history hurts, but it's history. While the majority of the characters in this story were fictional, Georgia Tann was not. She was a real woman who was responsible for countless kidnappings and murders.

To say that I felt emotionally connected to this story would be an incredible understatement. Do yourself a favor and start this book in the morning on a free day, because this is one you won't want to put down! This one is absolutely a must-read!

*I received a copy of this book through CelebrateLit. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

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Memphis 1933. America is still in the throws of the Depression and Cecile Dowd is trying to make ends meet after her husbands death, fighting to support herself and her rambunctious three year old, Millie. During this time in Memphis there existed the Tennessee Children's Home Society, a real organization that served as a type of social service, that was ran by a woman named Miss Tann. On the outside she donned the disguise of an angel that rescued children out of dire and desperate situations and put them in safe, nurturing homes where they would be better cared for. The reality was far more sinister and Cecile is about to find out Miss Tann's true mission.

From the beginning this book is an emotional rollercoaster. When I read what happened to Millie I was shocked that this actually happened to families in Memphis and was allowed to continue for 25 years. Anger and frustration coursed through my veins at every dead end and every time Miss Tann got her way, craving for justice to be served and all the wrongs being made right. The ending was pretty much what I expected and was a mixture of happiness and sadness.

Loving historical fiction like I do I am enamored by the True Colors series though it is heart wrenching that these events, to some degree, really happened. The writing is gripping, like any great suspense, the depth of the characters perfection, and the imagery incredibly vivid. I devoured this book within hours fighting, like poor Cecile, to see how it would all end. A wonderfully, gut-wrenching story that will keep you on the edge 'til the bitter end.

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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.

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The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma is a remarkable book based on a horrific time in history when children were regularly stolen from parents who loved them. While this is a work of fiction, it is part of a true crime series and based on the real person of Georgia Tann. Ms. Tann was a criminal who routinely stole children even from the streets and made money off their adoptions. This story tells of Cecile, a single mom working hard to provide for her young daughter. One day, a neighbor watches the daughter while she is at work and she returns from work to find her gone. But this young mom will stop at nothing to track her down and get her back. With danger and difficulty at every turn, this story is told in an engaging manner and will definitely keep your interest throughout. You will be rooting for Cecile throughout. I highly recommend it! I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

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I could not put this book down. This is the second book of the True Colors series. These are historical stories of American crimes. The main characters are fictional but the others are true people. This story has a mom who is having some troubles finding a job after losing her husband and the head of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society steals her child and sells her to someone else. It is so horrible to face that there are people out in the world that are so bad. This story showed what these women had to be going through when there child was stolen from them. I hope there will be many more in this series. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

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The Pink Bonnet is a riveting novel of faith that grabbed me from the first page and held my attention throughout. It is based on a real woman who plotted crimes similar to those in this tale. It is at once heartbreaking and intriguing, most characters are appealing, and the type of crimes committed part of a terrible crime spree spanning almost 30 years of the early 1900’s in and around Memphis, Tennessee. I appreciate the author sharing some of the historical background and who the real-life characters were.

Cecile has been widowed for about a year in the summer of 1933. Disowned by her family when she married her late husband, she has only her beloved three-year-old, Millie Mae. She has been looking for a full-time position in lieu of the part time one she has in a nursery school, but jobs are few and far between in the Great Depression. Mrs. Ward, the senior who lived in the apartment underneath hers, suggested that Cecile take her daughter to the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. She said Georgia Tann did remarkable things for children, and when Cecile is better on her feet and able to handle the precocious Millie, she could bring her home again. Horrified, Cecile refuses to give up her precious child.

One day when going out on job search, Cecile left Millie with Mrs. Ward. When she returned for Millie, she learned that. Mrs. Ward contacted Georgia Tann, who came and took Millie away. Later she learned that her signature was forged on the forms to relinquish her daughter. Cecile met Miss Tann and was told she was an unfit parent with an unfit home. Miss Tann would find a home for Millie where she could be given all that her mother couldn’t, and Cecile would never see her again.

Percy Vance is the legal assistant to Miss Tann. He came from poverty and now enjoys the things his wealth accumulates. He talked to Miss Tann about Cecile’s case and wonders about the situation. Percy contacted Cecile to meet with her about her daughter. He then begins to help her find Millie, who was last seen wearing the pink bonnet Cecile bought when pregnant with her.

This slice of history is well-written and an excellent novel in Barbour’s series, True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime. The suspense builds throughout, making it difficult to put down. Many of the children stolen would never be traced. Some went to homes where they were genuinely loved and cared for, while others were abused. The more Cecile and Percy close in on Georgia Tann, the more their lives, and the life of Millie, are at risk. Tann clearly did not take these children out of love and concern for them; instead, she took them to further her own lifestyle and agenda. The depth of corruption in Memphis at that time spreads further than the kidnappings into many layers of society. I very much appreciated the demonstration of faith in the Lord and demonstrating how He can change even those whose lives are built on the shifting sand of wealth. I highly recommend it!

From a thankful heart: I received an e-ARC of this novel from CelebrateLit and NetGalley, a positive review was not required.

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After I started to read this book, I realized that I have read it before. I thoroughly enjoyed it the second time around. The story focuses on a woman whose husband just passed away, and she has a 3 year old daughter. Ms. Tann runs the Tennessee Children's Home Society. She takes children from bad and neglectful homes, and places them for adoption. While out looking for a job, Cecile comes home to find that her neighbor who was watching young girl forged Cecile's signature. Ms. Tann has taken the little girl, and placed her up for adoption. Cecile does everything she can to try to find her daughter. This is a historical fiction. Ms. Tann did run the home, and she placed around 5,000 children. She worked with a judge and the former mayor to complete the illegal adoptions. Most of the children were never found by their birth parents. It's a riveting tale that makes you sad, angry, and sick thinking about what took place. You'll want to keep your children close by.

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Set during the Great Depression in 1932, and focuses on a struggling young single mother and her toddler. Her daughter is taken away from her, she has to fight to get her back.

I hate reading crime stories that involve children. The fact that someone can do things like that to children really gets under my skin.

This story is based off of a true crime and it’s heartbreaking.

The story itself is well written and engaging. I could feel the pain of the characters as they were going through this ordeal and was annoyed at the others for ignoring what was happening at the same time.

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As a fan of true crime, particularly the historical variety, I enjoyed The Pink Bonnet immensely. While I typically don't find myself attracted to books with a Christian theme or angle, I found the story to be compelling and I was engaged in the narrative from the first page. Cecile was a well-developed character, and Tolsma skillfully describes her emotions and thoughts as we follow her through the terrifying ordeal of searching for her child. Bonus points for the excellent historical detail -- I was not very familiar with 1930s Memphis, but this book made me feel like I was there!

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If you are looking for a feel good happily ever after book, this is the wrong book. What you will find is a story based on a true crime by a sinister, heartless and ruthless woman named Georgia Tann. I could not dislike a person more than this horrible woman. I was angry throughout the book that innocent children and parents were victimized by a woman who wanted nothing but power and money.

Cecile was raising her young girl alone since her husband passed away. She struggled with bills, but her child was well taken care of. I loved her devotion to her child Millie and how much love she showed her. When a series of events take place, Cecile finds her daughter taken away from her home and put up for adoption. I still can't understand why her neighbor didn't seem to think it was suspicious that Millie was being taken away knowing how much Cecile loved her. I think the neighbor was led to believe that the child was in danger and not being taken care of properly.

I won't go into a lot of the story because it needs to be read so readers can feel the agony that Cecile went through trying to find her daughter. I will say that many children fell through the cracks due to Georgia Tann and not all were returned to the rightful parents. I can't imagine what torture it would be to know your child had been taken and you had no idea where they were.

The author has written a very emotional story that captivated my full attention. I could not put it down and read it in a few hours. The details are painful to read at times and you can feel the adrenaline rush as the search for Millie starts to escalate. Cecile finds someone to help her and their lives are put in danger as they get closer to the truth. It is an intense read that will have you on the edge of your seat. Get ready for a powerful story written with depth, emotion and an ending that won't be forgotten.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. And Net Galley. The review is my own opinion.

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Wow, this is quite a story — base on something that happened in history. Georgia Tann ran an adoption agency from 1924 to 1950. Things were not on the up and up for the adoptions.

Cecile is a widow with a three-year-old daughter. Millie is taken and put up for adoption. Cecile is in search of her daughter. A lawyer helps her. Very suspenseful and exciting. The book kept my attention throughout the story. A mother determined to find her daughter.

I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review.

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The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma is part of Barbour Publishing’s True Colors series, fiction based on strange but true history.

Set in Memphis 1933, The Pink Bonnet tells the true story of Georgia Tann, the director of the Memphis Children’s Home Society, through the eyes of fictional character, Cecile Dowd, a recently widowed young mother.

The year 1933 was an exceptionally difficult year for many, people are starving, homeless, and begging for work. Cecile Dowd has managed to keep a small apartment in a run down building, providing housing for her young daughter. She works part time and a neighbor looks after her daughter. Upon her return home from work one afternoon, she finds her young daughter gone. Vanished.

Thus begins a young mother’s journey to learn where her daughter is, along with the children of other mothers she meets during her search. A search that will bring much danger to many, including Cecile, the children or anyone else who threatens Georgia Tann’s very corrupt business practices.

Georgia Tann was real, she was not fiction, no matter how much I and hundreds of others wish it could be so. The Pink Bonnet is a well written fictional account of how the parents of hundreds of children must of despaired of ever seeing their children again. Sounds strange perhaps, but I could almost hear Cecile Dowd’s young daughter crying for her mother.

Highly recommend.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and am under no obligation to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions therein are solely my own, and freely given.

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This book was fascinating yet heart-wrenching. Imagine being Cecile, a widow with a three-year-old daughter in 1932. Now imagine how you would feel coming home from running errands to find out that someone you trusted to watch your daughter, turned her over to someone who thinks it's ok to take and adopt children out, even though they live in a decent home but aren't of a certain class. Cecile is distraught but will not give up looking for her daughter no matter what. Follow Cecile on her journey to discover what happened to her daughter and find out if they will be reunited at last. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Barbour Books in exchange for an honest review.

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What an incredible roller coaster ride this book was!
This book is part of a series Barbour Books has out called True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime. All the stories are based on true crimes that have happened in the past.
Like I just said this book was a wild ride, it took my emotions all over the place.
A young mother down on her luck after her husband's death in the early 1930's may not have had a lot of money but she was rich on love for her daughter, her only child.
A busy body neighbor thinks the right thing to do is give the child to Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society director,Georgia Tann. She ran this place from 1924 to 1950.
She wasn't in it to help the children but to make money by kidnapping innocent children from loving homes and selling them. My mother's heart can not understand why. The pain you would inflict on the families with the children never being seen by them again and never knowing what happened. All I can say is this woman must have been horribly mistreated as a child to have no compassion or care what her actions caused.
I was riveted while reading this fast paced book, it was very hard to put down. I will be doing some research of my own into this subject online as it is fascinating!
I highly recommend this book!
Published June 1st 2019 by Barbour Books.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.
All opinions expressed are my own.

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This is an excellent book by Liz Tolsma. I am new to her books and was very satisfied with this book.
"The Pink Bonnet" deals with a very sad and difficult topic. The kidnapping and selling of children to the highest payer. The fact this book is based on true events is both interesting and disturbing.

Miss Georgia Tann poses as a loving, caring, and compassionate person. In reality she is cruel and deceptive. She runs the "Tennessee Children's Home Society". She has corrupt judges in her pocket to aid in illegal adoptions to unsuspecting families. She is a woman who is a truly evil.

The book mainly Focuses on Cecile Dowd who is struggling to care for three year old Millie. One day Cecile comes home to find Millie gone. She was left with a neighbor who allowed Miss Tann's team to take her.

The book focuses on Cecile's struggle to find Millie and bring her home. You will not be disappointed in this book.

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Cecile Dowd is a single mother, just trying to keep life together in 1933 for her and her three year old daughter Millie. Cecile is a widow and it's the great depression. Without her husband, it's difficult to always control Millie's behavior and make sure there is enough food on the table. Cecile decides she needs to get another job to help make things easier. While she goes out looking, she leaves Millie with a neighbor. When she returns to pick up Millie at the end of the day, Millie is gone. The neighbor says, that Cecile can't handle the child and has given her to someone who can help, Georgia Tann the head of the Tennessee Children's Home. They "help" parents find loving families for their children. But Cecile didn't ask for this and neither did a lot of other parents. Ms. Tann is taking children from parents she deems unfit and sending them to other families in the area. Ms. Tann has most of the Tennessee government in her back pocket and no matter who Cecile goes to for help, it's to no avail. Will she be able to find Millie before she's gone forever? With people trying to stop her at every turn, Cecile is determined, no matter what the cost.

Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.

This book is based on a true story. Georgia Tann was a real woman who really ran an adoption agency in Tennessee for over 25 years. During her tenure, it is believed that approximately 5,000 children were taken unwillingly from their parents and sold in adoptions to whoever would pay the highest price.

This book hit my heart hard. I can't imagine what I would do, if I left my child with a friend or neighbor for a little bit and then when I came back they had forged my name on documents to allow my child to be taken for adoption. Or if they were just snatched from the street on their way home from school. This was happening to hundreds of families during the depression. People were doing anything they could to make ends meet, but for Georgia Tann that didn't matter. One parent should be with the child at all times. That is the only way to show that you really love and are able to take care of the child.

I would love to read more about this lady. I hope there was a warm seat in hell waiting for her and all her cohorts when she passed away. Throughout the story, you can feel the love for Millie that Cecile has and she risks her life and the lives of those that are helping her in order to get to her daughter. No matter what she does, though it never seems like enough, Millie is always just beyond her grasp.

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My Thoughts:
This book. Wow. I could not put it down. Book one in the series was equally amazing as I was able to review it. I cannot wait for the next one now! Each is by a different author so the style of writing is different but the true crime aspect is chilling.

I kept asking myself how? How could this have gone on? Who knew and didn’t stop it? How could people just turn a blind eye? If it had just been for the year the book takes place that’s one thing but this woman had a long crime spree. She did this for literally decades!

Great read. I could not put it down. Worry for Millie Mae, compassion for Cecile, and a good heaping dose of fear for Percy. These people have no qualms about taking what they want and hurting those who stand in the way.

I was nail biting! For real here. I stayed up way too late while it was storming outside to read this book. It was that riveting.

Fear filled me as more mothers lost their little ones. Would they ever see them again? What if that were me? Oh, my mama’s heart.

Be prepared for fear, and tears, and anger, and love. So much emotion in this book. Amazing read. The characters just suck you in. You want to just give Miss Tann what for and save all the little babies in the cribs.

Do yourself a favor. Get this book. Make sure you get to book one in the series too. Then get on the list for books three and four and all the others to come. This series is spellbinding and you won’t want to miss one.

I’m off to go see what else I can find by Liz Tolsma now. Her writing style is phenomenal so I want to know if she has any more mysteries that are going to have me on the edge of my seat.

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

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It's so shocking that this can even be a story! I have read one other book about the Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society and I was still shocked that anything like this can happen. The author did a great job showing the horror and how a mother could react to such a horrible situation.

I enjoyed this book and could often not put it down. There were a few situations that I thought "Really?? I cannot image it would have happened like that." But other than an occasional moment or decision, I enjoyed this story and would recommend The Pink Bonnet.

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Oh. My. Gravy. THIS BOOK WILL KEEP YOUR HEART POUNDING UNTIL THE VERY END!!!!.I am a huge fan of this author and was super excited to get a chance to read this. This book starts out with a bang and does not let up the entire time. As always, well written characters. SUPER suspensful story line, well researched and descriptions that make you feel like you are right there in the middle of it. As a mother myself, I would NEVER stop trying to find my child. I could so relate to this mom. I love that this is based off a true story.

I received a copy of this book throug hte Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own.

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The Pink Bonnet: True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime
by Liz Tolsma

Wow a powerful story, the difficulty of the depression has made many families living below their prior means. Cecile Dowd is a widow, on hard times. She is trying to find work to support her and her daughter. What she does not know is that her neighbor is going to betray her and upend her world. Her daughter is kidnapped by a legal social worker, who claims she signed away her parental rights while the child was with the neighbor. The book looks into the depravity of the people in power who manipulate the adoption system, stealing children from their home, and adopting them for profit. Its a roller-coaster ride of clues, based on three points of view. The book is fast paced and heart rendering dramatic.

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Life can be rough for a single mother. In 1933, it was worse. Looking for help to support herself and her 3 year old daughter, When her daughter disappears from The children's home run by Georgia Tann, it will be a long legal battle to find her.
I've read several books based on Georgia Tann and her long career of selling children. The subject has always stirred incredible disbelief that her system could have survived for so long and broken so many families. This book takes a different, more personal, approach to a dark time in history. As the mother and her lawyer search for her daughter, they will find and report to authorities enough crimes to crumble the Tann Home for Children.

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A roller coaster ride from beginning to end. Barbour Publishers has created a series of historical crime novels based on real crime that happened here in America. This is a story you will not want to believe is based on a real person and real events.

Two year's ago I got my first introduction to the sickening world of Georgia Tann when I read the book Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. As an adopted child, I see Georgia Tann as nothing short of Satan in the flesh. She took advantage of vulnerable parents, and young mothers only to make a buck.

Within the 256 pages of this book Ms. Tolsma weaves a mystery that keeps you turning the pages. Her historical research of not only Georgia Tann, but the Memphis Tennessee Children's Home Society is clearly evident on every page.

Cecile, Percy, and Millie as well as the supporting character's are real, and believable, as well as the situations they're put in. All of the children's actions throughout the book were something you would expect a child to do.

This is a horrible mark on America's history. And if we don't learn from our history we're bound to repeat it. With human trafficking so prevalent today I wonder if we don't have some of this repeating today. If you've ever seen Mommie Dearest you've seen how badly Joan Crawford treated her children. What's not shown in that movie is how she gets her kids. Georgia Tann sold them to her and other celebrities.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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In a way I like it when a book really grips me—and in another way I don’t! If it grips me so that I can hardly wait till I have a chance to pick it up and read another page or two, I know it’s well-written and a fascinating story. On the other hand, that means I get distracted somewhat from my primary role as a wife and mother! And, in the case of The Pink Bonnet, I might even lose sleep because I read “for just a few minutes” after I go to bed early—and then I realize that nearly an hour has passed! Oops. Yes, this is quite the story.

Cecile had lost her husband to illness; all she had left, since her parents hadn’t approved of her marriage, was her three-year-old daughter Millie. Life was hard, during the Depression, and she had a hard time finding work to support the two of them—but as long as she had Millie, life was good. Then one day she came home to collect Millie from the neighbor who watched her for a few hours and found that her daughter was gone.What could Cecile do to find her baby?

Soon, Cecile found herself in a situation she could never have dreamed of, after discovering that Miss Georgia Tann, from the Tennessee Children’s Home, had stolen Millie. With the help of Miss Tann’s lawyer, Cecile searched for her little girl, only to have hope snatched from her fingertips time after time. How many more children had the woman stolen? What happened to all of them? The story switches back and forth between several points of view, including homes where little girls had been adopted. Would Cecile ever see her baby again? Could she and the lawyer evade retribution from the evil woman they were investigating? Many parts of this story are absolutely heartbreaking.

I’ve read a number of accounts of children who were stolen when very young and sold to adoptive parents, and because of someone I know who discovered that she had been adopted in suspicious circumstances, I really wanted to read this story. The author has done a superb job of showing readers what was happening to children in Tennessee during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. I couldn’t believe the corruption present in the government and law enforcement agencies, and the heartlessness of those involved in the illegal adoptions. This is a horrifying book—and a well-written mystery with a light romance included.

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The Pink Bonnet is a perfect companion read to Lisa Wingate's book Before We Were Yours. Both books are about children who were kidnapped by Georgia Tann, the Tennessee Children's Home Society director. During her tenure, Georgia Tann is estimated to have kidnapped over five thousand children between 1924 and 1950. One thing that makes The Pink Bonnet stand apart from Before We Were Yours was that this author gave me a closer view of Georgia Tann and her evil ways. Every time Georgia was featured in the book it was a cringe worthy performance and I doubt the author really had to exaggerate. A person who is estimated to have kidnapped over five thousand children probably would be a horrible person to be around. It's just surprising that she got that many people to look the other way when it came to protecting the lives of innocent children. It would have been heartbreaking for families to have their children stolen from them and be told that you were unfit to parent them. I like how the author even let you into the psychology of the flip side of the equation. Many of the receiving parents justified their adoptions because they thought they were saving their adopted children from deplorable situations. Little did they know, that many of these adopted children were actually kidnapped from loving families who unwillingly gave their consent for these adoptions.

I found this book to be highly suspenseful and riveting. I actually read it in one day because it grabbed me from the beginning and never let up. I just can't imagine having to live through the kind of experience that Cecile lived through and have so many people turn you away when you think they should be obligated to help you. (Cecile's 3 year old daughter was kidnapped by Georgia Tann.) This is the second book I have read in this new true crimes series and have found both books to be very entertaining. I am looking forward to reading more books in the series.

Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review a copy of The Pink Bonnet. All thoughts expressed in this review are my honest opinions of this book.

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The single best thing about this book? It has a unique historical backdrop, one I haven't read about in fiction yet (let alone even heard of the whole affair before). It kept me pleasantly surprised as the story unfolded, as I had no clue whatsoever what was going to happen next. (A piece of history I don't know about? That's a bonus for me!)

Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based children's home, is snatching children right off the street, to sell them. Whoa! This is true stuff, people. Now, this particular story takes place in 1932. Cecile Dowd is now a single mom with a daughter, Millie Mae. Little three-year-old Millie Mae is taken... and just like that, Cecile goes on a manhunt to track down who took her daughter. Cecile enlists the help of the man who aids Georgia Tann in her kid-snatching endeavors. He's turning a new leaf it would seem, and he has access to the information.

The writing style is fairly good. The setting is super intriguing to me. Plus, it's true crime fictionalized AND falls under the Christian fiction genre? Yep, I just had to pick it up.

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Before reading this book I was vaguely familiar with the story of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children's Home Society but I had no concept of the evil that occurred in this agency over the course of 26 years. There were over five thousand children kidnapped during that time for the sole purpose of being sold to the highest bidder. Parents in Memphis had to make sure that their children weren't left alone because of this dangerous woman who wasn't above kidnapping a child as they walked down the street or played in the park. Georgia Tann somehow convinced the public that she was acting in the best interest of the children because of neglect from their natural parents and she and her crooked allies terrorized Memphis and the surrounding area from 1924-1950.
Author Liz Tolsma uses these true facts as the basis for her new novel, The Pink Bonnet. It is the summer of 1933 when widow Cecile Dodd leaves her three year old daughter with a neighbor for a few hours and returns to find her daughter gone. Over the course of the next few months Cecile desperately searches for Millie Mae and it appears that she may never find her little girl again. With the help of lawyer Percy Vance, Cecile follows clue after clue and each time that she thinks she may have found her daughter, another roadblock appears.
The Pink Bonnet is fiction but it is based on the historical facts of this horrendous crime spree and the author really kept me in suspense . There are three different families with little girls who had recently been adopted and I was kept guessing until the very end to see if one of them was actually Millie Mae Dodd.
This story is filled with terror, human suffering, and intense mental anguish but it also shows the fierce determination of a mother desperate to find her little girl. It also reminds us that the deepest childhood hurts can be reconciled by the mercy and peace that comes from knowing a loving Heavenly Father. Percy Vance realizes that 'For the first time in his life, that heavy weight of not belonging, of not having a family, lifted from his chest because he belonged to the family of God.' (p. 239)
I recommend The Pink Bonnet to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction, mysteries and true crime stories but I must advise you that this isn't always an easy book to read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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I enjoyed reading this book. It reminded me of "Before we were yours". My heart broke for Cecile and Millie Mae. It is sad to know that is based on actual incidents

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Wow, what a story The Pink Bonnet is! If you've previously read Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, the name Georgia Tann will be familiar. This was well written and I couldn't put it down. I hour to read more from Liz Tolsma in the furore.

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This book falls in line with “Before We Your Yours” by Lisa Wingate. I thought the book was very beautifully written and accurately describe the whole situation with Georgia Tann. There was a little bit of everything in this book for everyone – romance, history, intrigue, drama. Tolsma wrote this book in a way that makes it easy to hate Georgia Tann, love and feel bad for little Mille, as well as her mother, Cecile. This goes to show that what Tann was doing with the adoption ring not only affected the children but ripped apart children and their parents. This was brought out well in this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5

This book was provided to me by NetGalley and Barbour Books in exchange for a review.

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