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Sold on a Monday

by Kristina McMorris

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Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2018
    352 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history.

CHILDREN FOR SALE

The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices.

For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family's dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.

At the paper, Lillian Palmer is haunted by her role in all that happened. She is far too familiar with the heartbreak of children deemed unwanted. As the bonds of motherhood are tested, she and Ellis must decide how much they are willing to risk to mend a fractured family.

Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.


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"Set against the hardscrabble backdrop of the Great Depression, McMorris's altruistic and sometimes damaged characters have moral compasses that realistically waver. A tender love story enriches a complex plot, giving readers a story with grit, substance, and rich historical detail." - Publishers Weekly

"Despite the sensitivity of the subject of missing children, McMorris' latest is touching and never maudlin. This book may appeal to fans of Lisa Wingate's Before We Were Yours (2017)." - Library Journal

"McMorris does what few writers can - transport me right into the middle of the story." - Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

"A masterpiece…heartfelt and heartbreaking." - Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan's Tale

"A story never to be forgotten." - Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author

"McMorris evokes such a strong sense of place in her writing that to open one of her books feels less like reading and more like traveling." - Bookpage

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Susan L. (Alexandria, VA)

Righting Wrongs
It's impossible not to care for the characters in this book. To watch them make mistakes, then work to make it right. The premise of a fateful photo that doomed two children was compelling and kept me turning pages. Beautifully done.

JW

Compelling Read
Was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this wonderful book. Sold On A Monday, story of people selling their children because they can't afford to feed them. Once you start with book, you will not be able to put it down.

Linda K. (Sunset, SC)

Sold on a Monday
"A picture is worth a thousand words", but in the case of Ellis Reed, an aspiring news writer, it was the start of an adventure and mission to correct a terrible mistake. The setting of the story is Philadelphia and New York City in the 1930's long before today's 24-hour news cycle and the Internet, when big city papers were the ultimate news source and it was the hey day of photo journalism.

The central characters of Ellis and newsroom secretary, Lily Palmer, are committed to fixing a wrong for which they both feel responsible. "Sold on a Monday" is fast-paced and hard to put down. A cast of characters faced with life-altering choices make this a compelling story and will hold the reader to its surprising conclusion.

Kristen H. (Hagerstown, MD)

Not the Right Sale
This is the first book by this author that I have read. I found her writing to be very good and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It seemed that the Ellis the journalist who took the original picture of the children for sale sign along with the children seemed like a good thing to report. However, the picture was ruined and Ellis needed to recreate the picture. Seemed innocent enough except that when he returned the children had already been sold. He noticed that there were children next door, Ruby and Calvin, so he approached them and asked if he could take their picture. Unfortunately, these 2 children were not for sale. The story is well written and the characters are described so well that one feels that you know them like they were your best friends. I am excited to read more from this author.

Janet S. (Terrace Park, OH)

Heart Warming Read
Sold On A Monday hooked me immediately, It tells the tale of an American family hardship during the Great Depression. Not only do you feel such compassion for the two children that have been sold...but I was cheering all of Ellis Reed and Lily Palmer's actions/efforts to return the two children to their own mother. It is a powerful read filled with lots of emotion. I recommend it!

Annie P. (Murrells Inlet, SC)

Children 4 Sale
Children 4 Sale, the 1929 depression, choices and consequences. Kristina McMorris' novel "Sold on a Monday" explores the sale of children during the depression. Was it desperation or avarice? Two children, their mother, a reporter's chance photograph and story change lives in unforseen ways. A glimpse into a piece of unforgettable American history. Terrific.

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Kristina McMorris Author Biography

Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and the recipient of more than twenty national literary awards, as well as a nomination for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA's RITA Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her works of fiction have been published by Kensington Books, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins.

Kristina's novel, Sold on a Monday, follows her widely praised novels The Edge of Lost, The Pieces We Keep, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves and Letters From Home, in addition to her novellas in the anthologies A Winter Wonderland and Grand Central. Prior to her writing career, she hosted weekly TV shows since age nine, including an Emmy Award-winning ...

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