Book Review: Sold On A Monday

Title: Sold On A Monday
Author: Kristina McMorris

A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes the story behind the picture is worth a thousand more…

Philadelphia, 1931. A young, ambitious reporter named Ellis Reed photographs a pair of young siblings on the front porch of a farmhouse next to a sign: “2 children for sale.”

With the help of newspaper secretary Lily Palmer, Ellis writes an article to accompany the photo. Capturing the hardships of American families during the Great Depression, the feature story generates national attention and Ellis’s career skyrockets.

But the photograph also leads to consequences more devastating than ever imagined—and it will take jeopardizing everything Ellis and Lily value to unravel the mystery and set things right.

Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers throughout the country, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of ambition, redemption, love, and family.

Advance Praise

“Kristina McMorris does what few writers can—transport me right into the middle of the story.” -Sara Gruen, #1 NYT bestselling author

“In Sold on a Monday, Kristina McMorris has written a vivid and original story, set against the harsh landscape of the Great Depression. McMorris brilliantly chronicles the way in which a moment’s fateful choice can result in a lifetime of harrowing consequences. A masterpiece that poignantly echoes universal themes of loss and redemption, Sold on a Monday is both heartfelt and heartbreaking.”
—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“With her signature style, Kristina McMorris once again plucks a devastating heartstring. Readers are transported through time and place to the desperate days of the American Great Depression. A real-life photograph stands as evidence to the heart of this novel: truth revealed, forgiveness found, and a story never to be forgotten.”—Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables and The Baker’s Daughter

My Review

Ok, I have to admit that I did not grow up during the depression but I have heard the stories from my grandparents that did. I understand completely how families came into this situation but as a woman I do not see how any mother could give up her children for any reason. I may not have children but I consider my furbabies to be my children and to be honest I would see that they were fed and taken care before I am. Yes, I understand that they are dogs. I understand that there are a difference between dogs and humans, but if I feel like that for them then there is no way even being on death’s door would let me sell my children. I am sorry, but I just don’t understand that she would sell them without even knowing whom they were going to.

As for Ellis he deserved to feel guilty for what he did just to move up in the journalist field. It was horrible the way he handled it. What did he expect to happen??? Even though he worked hard to fix the mistake he made, it will never be the same for the children nor for their mother.

To me the only redeemable character in the book is Lily. She knew it was wrong and life had already screwed her over so she knew about the sacrifice that life requires you to do. In my honest opinion, if Lily had not prodded Ellis then the children would have been left with their “new” families that were not anywhere close to being good for children.

I fully realize that this kind of thing happened then and still happens today and I find it despicable that it does. No child deserves to be unloved or unwanted. What happened to the sold children then & now is horrible.

I gave this book three (3) stars cause though I don’t agree with the author profiting from a story like this the book is a enthralling and good read. It shows what happened during the Great Depression and the sacrifices families had to go through. Remember this is my opinion. It has been a long time since I disliked a book and felt it never should be written for profit. The book is good, but it strikes my empathy cord and when that gets struck I tend to see things in black and white with no shades of grey.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

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