Sold on a Monday

Sold on a Monday

by Kristina McMorris

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An unforgettable novel by Kristina McMorris, 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.

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492664000
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 982
File size: 1 MB

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 latest novels, Sold on A Monday was 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.

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Sold on a Monday: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my interest from the title the cover and the incredible story. By chase I had recently come across the haunting picture in which the book was based off of, this picture is also in the book. This is a very emotional read which leaves you asking What would you do? What would your decision be?
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MinSM More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book. Loved all the characters in the book and it was so interesting I did not want to put it down. It will tug at your heart strings and you will be rooting for a happy ending.. Definitely will recommend to friends. 5 stars all the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You wont be sorry if u purchase
Susan Peterson More than 1 year ago
I finished this incredible book with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. It all started with a picture...Sold on a Monday Is a riveting tale of desperation, the consequences of even the most seemingly innocent decision and the ripple effects that follow, and loss and family and ultimately doing what’s right. The most wonderful characters live in the pages of this book; people who are shaped by circumstances and choices in their past, looking for a future which will bring them happiness, love, fulfillment, and redemption. The backdrop of the Depression adds so many layers to this story, and provides readers with an understanding of how and why the events in this story unfold. This wonderful book is written with warmth, heart, compassion, and deep emotions. This book will be published late summer, be sure to add to your wish lists!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great historical read.
Macsbooks More than 1 year ago
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and for Kristina McMorris this certainly holds true. Inspired by a poignant, tragic photo, the author has written a heart-wrenching tale about a reporter who snaps a photo much like the one that inspired McMorris which ultimately will alter the lives of the family in the photograph and many others as well.  Sold on a Monday is a historical fiction book based on the a very real photograph. The story is set against the backdrop of the Great American Depression, an era that many Americans have chosen to forget. In creating this tale, McMorris brings the horror, pain and suffering of that time back to life again and in such beautifully written prose that it will carve this moment in time forever in your memory.  This is exactly the type of historical fiction that I enjoy - it's fiction, yes, but there is so much truth, research and heart-wrenching details that the story comes to life before your eyes. In Sold on a Monday, McMorris tells the story primarily from the view point of two newspaper workers, one a reporter, the other is a woman who desperately wants to become one. Their lives intertwine over the photograph of two children who were for sale, a last act of depression that often occurred during the depression. As we learn more about this pair, their own personal histories, as well as what ultimately happens to the children, we discover the heartbreak, shame, the struggle of every day life during The Depression and the pain that everyone suffered just to survive.  While Sold on a Monday is very heartfelt and at times it borders on despair, McMorris does not give us a maudlin book but rather one of courage, hope, love and friendship. In her own words, she gave the happy ending that she wished the children in the photograph could have had.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Regardless of your typical genre themes, this is a book that will cross those barriers and grab you into its soul from the first page to the very last. 
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
This is a very slow burning, but surprisingly endearing, romance, with the added moral dimension of children for sale. Reporter Ellis comes across two young boys sitting outside a farmhouse next to a sign saying “Two children for sale”. He takes a photo, which has far reaching (and completely unintended) consequences for all the characters in this story. There is no mention of who is doing the selling, or why, but Ellis – while troubled – is not entirely surprised. America is in the depths of the Depression, and many families have no money, no food, and no prospects. Children from desperately poor families are often given away in the hope of them having a better life, with those who can afford to feed and care for them. But, to sell your child – to put a price on their life – is another matter entirely. It begs the question of whether the sale is in aid of the child’s welfare – or only for the benefit of the seller? Is the money needed for the succour of other siblings? We never really find out. And what about the person who would buy a child? In those days, legal adoption would have been relatively easy – so why pay, unless the child is to be (ab)used for nefarious purposes? The photo might have been forgotten, if not noticed by Lily in the newspaper’s dark room. She encourages Ellis to write a human interest story about the two boys, which catches his editor’s attention. Unfortunately, the photo is destroyed just as the story is ready to publish, and Ellis has to replace it. The two boys are no longer to be found, so Ellis persuades two other children to pose for his photo (with the original sign), which now includes their mother. Years pass, Ellis moves on, and Lily is courted by the kind and courteous Clayton Brauer. Lily had made a mistake in the past – one whose consequences she does not regret, but which has radically changed the priorities in her life, and also the way in which she views the world. For her, family is all important, and she cannot forget the photo. When she and Ellis meet again, they both feel the need to discover what became of the children in the second photo, and to do everything in their power to bring about a happy ending. The romance angle is very understated. Will Lily plump for the security that the dependable Clayton offers, or risk everything on the wilder Ellis? One thing that strikes you about this book, is that (with one minor exception) there are no villains. The characters are (almost) all nice, and trying to do the right thing – however misguided that may turn out to be. They are well portrayed and develop with the story, and you can empathise with most of them. This book is not fast paced, but does keep your attention throughout. I would definitely recommend it. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous 9 months ago
I very much liked this book and mentioned it to several friends. Go ahead, give it a read.
blueeyedshook More than 1 year ago
"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.” I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but then I pick up a book like this and wonder why the heck I don't. This is the kind of historical fiction I love. The feel of this book, the historical importance and relevance of the story, reminded me a lot of "Before We Were Yours." Although this wasn't as heavy or as melancholy. It has all the markings of beautiful historical fiction. I enjoyed it greatly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
lauriesophee 5 months ago
It all started with a picture, a photograph taken by a young down on his luck reporter in 1931. When printed in the paper, it draws a great deal of notoriety, leading to complications, difficulties, even anger. The author creates a wonderful plot, creating a feeling of suspense as the action moves quickly. As we read we are reminded of the importance of truth, whether reported in a newspaper or spoken to others. A wonderful novel, that I was unable to put down and read in two days. Excellent!
MaureenST 5 months ago
The title of this book drew me in, but as I turned the pages the plot got better and better. Yes, most of what happens here I never saw coming, but it reads like real life, things you really don’t know about another person. Once you finish the book, which really didn’t take me long, I had to have answers, make sure you read the author’s notes. Yes, sadly it is based on a true story, not the actual story, but I could see how the author used parts of it and then the reality of what happened through the eyes of the writer became even clearer. This one becomes a compelling page turner, and pulls in a lot of different areas, and how they all pulled together, you don’t want to miss this one! I received this book through EdelweissPlus and the Publisher Sourcebooks, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Loved the book. I developed a love hate relationship with the adult charaters. Felt so sorry for the children during that horrible time but understood the reasons why. My grandfather when he was young fell to the times and was seperated from his siblings. Great book
Anonymous 6 months ago
Anonymous 6 months ago
Set during the Depression when selling a child actually occurred, this story doesn't delve into those actual occurrences. Instead, the story revolves around a fake photo of children supposedly offered for sale and the ordeal of finding out their fate when they are then, mistakenly, sold. The budding romance between Lily and Ellis is true to courtship rituals of the time. There are a couple of vague references to the mob and the relationship of a mob member to the "buyer mother" feels a bit of a stretch. While there isn't a lot of meat in this novel, I did enjoy it--and the reality is who am I to criticize an author's work. Lord knows I couldn't begin to do what Kristina McMorris does.
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Conroyd 9 months ago
Often something as simple as a newspaper article or a photograph inspires a writer to create a short story, novel, screenplay, or play. When I taught Creative Writing, I tossed out dozens of old photographs, asking my students to choose one that fired their imagination enough to create a fine story. I often received great stories. Kristina McMorris came across a vintage 1948 photograph of four Campbell’s Soup-type children sitting on a porch with their mother hovering above them and a clearly labeled sign off to the right stating “4 Children FOR SALE.” Such was the inspiration for the novel “Sold on a Monday,” and, boy, does Kristina McMorris make it work. Two points of view thoroughly engage the reader; those of Ellis and Lily, both newspaper people of long ago. Ellis takes a picture of children for sale and that puts him on the path to advancement, but it also plays on his conscience and sets him and Lily on a quest that entails a myriad of turns and twists. The world building in “Sold on a Monday” is mesmerizing, and without giving important details away, I will say that the two main characters are extremely well drawn, each coming from families and backgrounds that provide them dimension. A great story. James Conroyd Martin, Author of "The Poland Trilogy"
MamaHendo More than 1 year ago
Ellis Reed, a reporter for the Philadelphia Examiner in 1931 is out on assignment for the Society page when his car breaks down in the small town of Lauren Township. With his camera in hand, to pass the time he begins to snap pictures of what the Depression has done to the area. Ellis comes across two boys sitting on their run-down porch in front of a sign reading "2 Children for Sale." Ellis is instantly flooded with memories of his own brother that passed away many years before and casually takes a picture of the duo. Through a series of accidental events, the photo ends up in front of Ellis' boss who decides to give Ellis the big break that he has been dreaming about. When the photo gets accidentally damaged Ellis is told he needs to quickly take a replacement or his story will be scrapped. What Ellis decides to do next changes the course of his life as well as that of an unsuspecting innocent family. "Sold on a Monday" was inspired by a real life photo that author Kristina McMorris came across from 1948 of a mother selling her four children. This story is a slow burning tale of a desperate time in our country's history that will keep you on edge as the effects of Ellis' actions comes to a head. This a great read for fans of the Historical Fiction genre.
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JaysRead More than 1 year ago
Loved this book from start to finish. I don't sit and read a book every time I have the chance but I rarely put this one down. It doesn't grab you at the beginning but it WILL grab you later! Well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read book that truly holds ones attention. There are many lessons in this story. The most important is how one not thought out decision can change so many lives. We all have that inner voice known as our conscious but will we listen? This book brings you into the story very quickly and by the end you just want to invite all the characters for tea.