Sold on A Monday

Sold on A Monday

A Novel

Book - 2018
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2 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.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781492663997
Characteristics: 343 pages :,illustration ;,21 cm.


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Sep 20, 2019

5 star read

Jun 20, 2019

Partial to the first half of the nineteenth century, I'm always looking for historical novels based on actual events. Since the story also involves a bit of mystery, it is a double winner.

May 20, 2019

Read this in one evening (finished at 02:00!) Just couldn't put it down. Makes me wonder how many of us would survive in similar circumstances, we are very sheltered & spoiled. As always children pay a severe price, that part is not fiction.

Apr 18, 2019

A sad story about what life was like in the 1930’s when parents were forced to sell their children to survive. The story was readable, but bland.

Feb 28, 2019

While I liked most of the book, the ending was just your basic shoot out Hollywood ending

Aug 09, 2018

Open this book and find yourself immersed into journalism during the Great Depression. The story begins with a photo of two boys next to a sign. McMorris tells the story by showing us Ellis Reed's experiences as well as Lily Palmer's. At the center of the story we see how one small decision, one tiny white lie, one turning of the head can lead to regrets that can resound through generations. The reader cannot avoid turning the mirror on their own life and realize that it is so much easier to make decisions for others when you do not bear their burdens. A quote by Eleanor Roosevelt comes to mind: "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart."

An excellent selection for book groups, discussion questions already included. Thank you to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book.

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