Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris ~ My Thoughts


Sold on a Monday

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
Paperback and e-book, 352 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel 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.

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.

My thoughts about Sold on a Monday ~~ 

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Outside the guarded entrance, reporters circled like a pack of wolves. They wanted names and locations, any links to the Mob, every newsworthy detail for tomorrow's front page. The irony wasn't lost on me."

I have to admit that I had not read a book by Kristina McMorris before I read this one. And an even bigger confession would be that I've never thought of myself as a fan of historical fiction. Lately, I've happened to find several historical stories that have appealed to me and I'm thinking I may have found a whole new genre to explore. 

After reading Sold on a Monday, I am now of fan of both Kristina and historical fiction. I'm guessing the genre doesn't matter when it's a interesting story, written by a talented author who is able to do wonderful things with words. 

This story captured my attention from the start. How could it not, when you read the phrase '2 Children for Sale'? That's just unfathomable to think about. The author weaves a wonderful tale, full of great characters and eye-opening descriptions of the hard times of those years of the 30's. 

I found myself completely swept up in the story towards the end of the book and honestly stayed up way too late just so I could find out how it ended. I couldn't leave the characters hanging in my thoughts, I just had to finish it! 

Thanks for the wonderful story, Kristina!

I received a copy of Sold on a Monday from Sourcebooks Landmark in exchange for my honest review.

About the author

Kristina McMorris

Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her novels have garnered more than two dozen literary awards and nominations, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA’s RITA® Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her works of fiction have been published by Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Kensington Books.

Her forthcoming novel, Sold on a Monday (Sourcebooks Landmark, 8-28-18), follows her widely praised The Edge of Lost, The Pieces We Keep, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, and Letters from Home. Additionally, her novellas are featured in the anthologies A Winter Wonderland and Grand Central.

Prior to her writing career, Kristina hosted weekly TV shows since age nine, including an Emmy® Award-winning program, and has been named one of Portland's "40 Under 40" by The Business Journal. She lives with her husband and two sons in the Pacific Northwest, where she is working on her next novel.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy you liked it! I've been keeping an eye out for this review. I love historical fiction! I'll have to add this to my very, very long book list!


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