Book Review: Sold on a Monday

Title: Sold on a Monday
Author: Kristina McMorris
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Release Date: August 28th, 2018
Pages: 352
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible


Book Blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history.


The 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.

My Thoughts:

Wow! What an incredible, moving story.

Inspired by a real photograph depicting a young mother trying to sell her kids during the Great Depression, McMorris weaves a powerful story in Sold on a Monday. It is a tale of desperation and deceit, but also compassion and redemption. Equally heart-breaking and heart-warming.

The author obviously did her research, as even the smallest of details are true to the time period of the book. The descriptions are vivid and authentic, creating a very atmospheric read. It is like stepping back in time!

There is mystery, suspense, and even romance worked into this book, but ultimately it’s a testament to what people can be driven to do in times of desperation and the steps they take to redeem themselves. Some parts in the middle were a bit slow paced, but I stayed engrossed throughout the entire story.

I highly recommend reading the author’s note at the end of the book as well. It is well written, just like the rest of the book, and full of information.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.


3 thoughts on “Book Review: Sold on a Monday

  1. Nice review Dorie. Whenever I read historical fiction or based on a true story book, I always make sure I read the author’s notes. They are always so enlightening. I hope to start this one today.

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