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From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history.
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.
I haven’t done a solo book review on here in a while because the roundups and lists do so much better when it comes to traffic but Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris is just so, so good! It’s another book that will probably make you cry but dang it, you have to read it.
I know I share a lot of heartbreaking books but I promise that the emotional turmoil is worth it. Sold on a Monday is built around a photograph of two young boys sitting by a “for sale” sign in 1931; their mother trying to sell the children because she simply can’t afford to feed them or care for them any longer. Devastating, right? Still, things like that really happened and I feel we have an obligation to confront and understand the sad and harsh events and decisions in our history. Sold on a Monday isn’t all sad though, it’s really not.
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I can’t say much about this book without spoiling the plot and the ending but it is a book that tugs on the heartstrings. It starts out as nothing – a photographer snapping a picture reflecting a sign of the times – and it ends up with consequences far beyond anything he could have imagined.
I loved Ellis and Lillian. I loved the way they interacted with each other and the way they moved the plot forward. Often, I’m critical of characters in a book because I am the kind of person that needs to like a character in order to like a book. I loved these two and I know you will too.
As odd as it is to say, books and movies about the Great Depression have always been among my favorites. Cinderella Man is one of my favorite movies of all-time; I could watch it every day and not be tired of it. That scene in the movie when Russell Crowe comes home to find his wife sent their children away breaks me every time. It’s such a powerful and unforgettable moment in the story. It’s really no wonder I felt connected to this book, it plays on those same emotions and that same broken moment. It’s fabulous.
If you enjoy powerful and emotional stories that make you consider the human spirit and resilience, Sold on a Monday