Synopsis from Sourcebooks:
2 CHILDREN FOR SALE. In 1931, near Philadelphia, ambitious reporter Ellis Reed photographs the gut-wrenching sign posted beside a pair of siblings on a farmhouse porch. 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 piece also leads to consequences more devastating than he and Lily ever imagined — and it will risk everything they value to unravel the mystery and set things right.
Inspired by a newspaper photo that stunned readers throughout the country, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of ambition, redemption, love and family.
About: Sold on a Monday is a historical fiction written by Kristina McMorris. It was recently published on 8/28/2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark, an imprint of Sourcebooks, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are historical and adult fiction. According to the publisher’s website, Sourcebooks was founded in 1987, “we are a company bound together by the idea that Books. Change. Lives. For us, it means a passion for books and a dedication to the belief that books change lives. It means innovative publishing, where every book is personal and every author’s voice has a place. And it means not being afraid to say “I don’t know” and forging a new path when we have to.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Sold on a Monday on 9/9/2018 and finished it on 9/24/2018 at 12:30am. This book is a marvelous read! I like that every chapter ends with suspense and mystery. I like following Ellis, experiencing through his struggles with his career and the unstable relationship with his dad. It feels real and can be relatable to many readers. I also like following Lily’s perspective. She’s really mature for her age and it’s from the lesson she learned by a mistake she made when she was young. I like her loving family and her supportive parents. I like when Ellis and Lily’s path crossed and the adventures they took to reunite a family.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Ellis Reed, a journalist for the Philadelphia Examiner who captured a picture of two boys with the children for sale sign. His article brought to light the struggles of the economy after the market crash in 1929. His article affected not only the readers but also Ellis’ career. The second third person point of view is Lily Palmer, 22, the chief’s secretary at the Philadelphia Examiner who handed Ellis’ picture to the chief. The picture of the boys reminded Ellis of his lost sibling and Lily of her secret. One day when Ellis was directed to follow up with the children from his article, he didn’t expect to find the devastating news. Because the article affected both Ellis and Lily, they race to unravel the mystery of the kids and their mom.
Sold on a Monday is very well written and developed. I love the plot and the unexpected twists. Child labor is a heart breaking read as well as the story of Calvin. This book has a slow burning romance that is great to read. I like learning about life in 1931, especially the value of money during that time. I love the ending and cry like a baby. That bit with the mafia sure got my heart racing. This book is definitely a couldn’t put down read and I highly recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: fast paced, page turner, history, family, humor, couldn’t put down, love, adrenaline rush, close calls
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her background includes ten years of directing public relations for an international conglomerate as well as extensive television experience. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her novels have garnered twenty national literary awards, and include Letters from Home, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, The Pieces We Keep, and The Edge of Lost, in addition to novellas in the anthologies A Winter Wonderland and Grand Central. Her forthcoming novel, Sold on a Monday, will be released September 2018. A frequent guest speaker and workshop presenter, she holds a BS in international marketing from Pepperdine. She lives with her husband and two sons in Oregon. (Photo and info obtained from Sourcebooks’ website).
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***Disclaimer: I won a copy of Sold on a Monday from a Goodreads giveaway hosted by the publisher. Many thanks to Sourcebooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.