About the book:
Title: The Pink Bonnet
Author: Liz Tolsma
Series: True Colors; Historical Stories of American Crime
Publisher: Barbour Books
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 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.