Wednesday, August 29, 2018

REVIEW of Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 28th 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

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


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.

My Thoughts...

Kristina McMorris writes her books with so much heart and warmth.    The story pulls the reader in from the beginning, pulls at the heartstrings, challenges your thoughts, and then ties it all up perfectly at the end.     

Sold on a Monday start with a mother selling her two children, pulling right on my heart.     I cannot ever imagine being in this situation and was worried about where the story would go.     The story does not continue with the tale of these children but of the newspaper writer who wrote the story and how it changes his life.   Ellis Reed takes the picture, writes the story, and then has regrets at how it all ends up.      He pulls in Lillian, a fellow newspaper employee, and the two of them take it upon themselves to solve the mystery of what happened to those children.     Together they struggle with what is right and what is wrong, and their own guilt as to what their story has caused to happen to this family.   

Kristina McMorris wrote this book as if she actually lived through the 1930’s.    I could imagine living through the depression, what prohibition was like, and life with mobsters running businesses.     This is a historical fiction book that takes the reader right back in time and lets them feel as if they are living their lives within the pages of the books alongside the characters.  

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like an amazing book to experience. I can't imagine how desperate someone would have to be to write a sign like that or how its repercussions would affect everyone concerned.