About the Book
The Gold Digger
Author: Liz Tolsma
Release Date: December, 2020
Men Are Disappearing in LaPorte, Indiana
Book 9 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History
Fiction Based on Strange, But True, History
In 1907, shy but loyal Ingrid Storset travels from Norway to support her grieving sister, Belle Gunness, who owns a farm in LaPorte, Indiana. Well-to-do widow Belle, who has lost two husbands and several children, provides Ingrid with enough money to start a small business. But Ingrid is confused by the string of men Belle claims to be interviewing for her next husband. When Nils Lindherud comes to town looking for his missing brother, who said he was going to marry Belle, Ingrid has a sinking feeling her sister is up to no good.
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MY THOUGHTS.....I've always heard that truth is stranger than fiction and this seems to be the case with The Gold Digger. Yes, this is fiction but it's based on the true story of Belle Gunness, a widow in La Porte, Indiana, who endured overwhelming tragedies during the early 1900s. She had already suffered the loss of two husbands and several children, when Belle's sister Ingrid Storset arrived in LaPorte to help her sister through her overwhelming grief.
Author Liz Tolsma has created a fascinating account of the suitors who started appearing in LaPorte as possible husband candidates. These men came, and then, left just as quickly! As other strange occurrences happen and the evidence mounts, Ingrid can no longer defend her sister's actions and we are given a glimpse of the true nature of Belle Gunness. I can't decide if she was greatly disturbed or truly evil but this is a story that you won't soon forget! Some of the details would seem unbelievable if not for the documentation that Tolsma has included in her historical notes.
There are still many unanswered questions about this case but Tolsma has included a strong faith element in the characters of Ingrid Storset and Nils Lindherud. The Gold Digger is a wonderful addition to the True Colors Crime series and it's a book that I couldn't put down!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation to write a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.
About the Author
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.
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This story was so much fun to write, and the research was so interesting. It has to rank up there with one of my favorite books to write. That’s what makes my job the best around.
There are a great number of characters in The Gold Digger who are historical. Many of the places I mention are also historical. I had the pleasure of spending a day in LaPorte, Indiana, to research the book and take some pictures they had in the museum there. Research is one of my favorite aspects to writing. I could have spent much, much longer losing myself in the museum and in the archives. Good thing my cousin, who I was staying with, called me to let me know that it was getting dark and she had dinner ready, otherwise who knows how long I would have been there. Probably until they kicked me out!
One thing that the people of LaPorte would want you to know is that they really are nice people and that their town is a nice town. Lots of good people have been born there or have lived there over the years, including Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, William Mayo, who founded Mayo Clinic, and William Scholl, who found Dr. Scholl’s. They kept emphasizing to me while I was there what a great place LaPorte is. Judging by their friendliness and helpfulness, I would have to agree.
To help you better visualize the characters and setting, here are some photographs of the real people and places that appear in The Gold Digger.
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