Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Pink Bonnet 2 Stars

•°o•:*:•. ***TRAUMATIC STORY*** .•:*:• o°•

Summer 1933, Tennessee
I'm not sure why anyone would want to write a gut-wrenching story about kidnapped children and the horror of a mother's quest to find her stolen daughter. This was a very difficult read. I gave it 2 stars (vs. 1) because it was well written despite my lack of enjoyment of it. This is certainly not what one could call entertainment.
There are strong thematic elements including physical abuse, so caution is advised.
This story is based on real-life events involving the kidnapping and selling of thousands of children by one woman (Georgia Tann) and a slew of corrupt politicians, which is awful, but having it rewoven into a semi-fictional tale for entertainment purposes is not my cup of tea.

Incidentally, after reading book one, I requested a copy of book two and three without knowing the background of the book. I kept my commitment for this book, but sadly after reading what book 3 is about, I will contact NetGalley to see if I can skip it. Can you say aaaawwwkkward? :(

I downloaded a copy of this book through Net Galley via the publisher with no fee and no compensation in the hopes of an honest review. My opinion is entirely my own.

This book is part of 6 in a new series by 3 authors. Go to True Colors Crime dot com to read more.
True Colors Books/Barbour Publishing:
March 1, 2019 The White City by Grace Hitchcock (5 stars)
June 2019 The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma (2 stars)
August 2019 The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken
January 2020 The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock
And two more tba

Definitely needing tea!
tea-hee! j/k


  1. Oh my goodness Heather I don't think I could read such a book. The last time I read a book about kidnapped children(Suffer the Children) was back in high school where a group of us girls were into scary books and we decided to read. I wasn't a Christian then and honestly we all thought it was just horrible.
    Anyway, thank you for your honest review of the book. It definitely sounds like a book my mother's heart would not like.

  2. So sorry you had such a negative experience! My online book club read "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate a while back, a best seller that was also about the Georgia Tann case, but it was very well done, and I didn't find it difficult to read. I think there's a real challenge in balancing the truth of a story without turning off readers with too-intense details.