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A Crazy Number of Bonnets in Sunflower Sisters

One of the best things about writing Sunflower Sisters was researching the Civil War bonnet. All three main characters wear them and Anne-May the plantation mistress is especially frantic when the war cuts off her supply of new ones.

I was surprised at the many different types: mourning, casual, dressy, sunbonnets, bonnets for field work, bonnets for short social calls, for longer social calls, special bonnets for church, for young girls, bonnets for every season. I love these old photos of women in their bonnets and the pics at the bottom of those that have survived from the period. Can you find my very own bonnet?

4 Comments

  • Sherri Quinn says:

    Hi Martha,

    Great talk today! Thank you so much. I just printed the book club kit. My book club is reading The Sunflower Sisters this summer.
    My guess is that your bonnet is the one in the center.

    • Martha Hall Kelly says:

      Thanks, Sherri! So glad you enjoyed the talk. How wonderful that your book club is reading the book this summer. And yes, your guess is right! :)))

  • Teresa Cline says:

    Loved this book so much.Could not put it down. Everything about civil war is intriguing to me. You did a great job. Hope to see more. Going to read your other books soon.

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