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Sold on a Monday (2018)

by Kristina McMorris

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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.… (more)
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Great storyline but the writing was just so-so. ( )
  MammaP | Apr 16, 2024 |
slow read

Was a bit of a slow read but could be because I am used to action packed books. Thought it was a true story ( )
  Mariafrendo | Apr 6, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this book...the way it is written, I really could picture everything so clearly, like I was watching a movie. Great story, wonderful characters. ( )
  jbrownleo | Mar 27, 2024 |
Set during the Great Depression, this novel begins with a newspaper reporter taking a picture of two children with a sign advertising their sale. This story expands when the reporter discovers the value of this picture and takes another of two children with the same sign for his newspaper. What follows is a very long journey to reunite the sold children with their biological mother. He is aided in this pursuit by a woman also working at the newspaper and the single mother to a son.

I was somewhat disappointed that the story did not cover more descriptions of life during that tumultuous time in American history, which included Prohibition, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, FDR's candidacy for president and the effects of the Great Depression on so much of the population. ( )
  pdebolt | Jan 26, 2024 |
Excellent story. Read thru Prime Reading. Goodreads: Sold on a MondayRate this book1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsOpen PreviewSold on a Mondayby Kristina McMorris (Goodreads Author)3.92 Rating details   62,214 ratings   5,725 reviewsCelebrating five months on the NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestsellers lists and almost a million copies sold!From bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history.2 CHILDREN FOR SALEThe scrawled sign, peddling young siblings on a farmhouse porch, captures the desperation sweeping the country in 1931. It?s an era of breadlines, bank runs, and 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 the image leads to his big break, the consequences are devastating in ways he never imagined.Haunted by secrets of her own, secretary Lillian Palmer sees more in the picture than a good story and is soon drawn into the fray. Together, the two set out to right a wrongdoing and mend a fractured family, at the risk of everything they value.Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers across the nation, this touching novel explores the tale within the frame and behind the lens¥a journey of ambition, love, and the far-reaching effects of our actions.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
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Epigraph
"A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed."
---HENRIK IBSEN
"Photography is the art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."
---ELLIOTT ERWITT
"There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth."
---DOROTHY THOMPSON
"There is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy."
---JOSEPH PULITZER
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For the children in the picture
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Outside the guarded entrance, reporters circled like a pack of wolves.
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About how pictures, like people, so often were not as they appeared.
Reporters and physicians had this much in common: at their core, they were solvers of puzzles and riddles.
If he'd learned anything from his job, it was that truths tended to float to the surface, when after a little stirring, you simply let a person talk.
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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.

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