Sold on A Monday

Sold on A Monday

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: 1809
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2018]
ISBN: 9781492663997
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 21 cm
Subjects: Children -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Journalists -- Fiction.
Dysfunctional families -- Fiction
Historical fiction.
Est. publishing date: 1809


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Feb 23, 2021

Very intriguing story about the early 1900s when children were sometimes sold because families couldn't afford to fit them. Only this has a twist, and you aren't sure how it will turn out until the very end. Another book I could not put down.

Jan 08, 2021

An unidentified narrator says in this historical fiction’s opening pages, ‘It started with a photograph.’ Two young news people carry the narrative along—Ellis, a reporter, and Lily, with ambitions to rise above her role as the boss’s secretary. What starts as a newsroom account turns to a mystery about the fate of two children seemingly ‘for sale’ in 1930s Pennsylvania.

Story imagined from a real photograph seen by the author. Good, not great, read. Writing a little stilted, characters a little predictable, some situations a little implausible.

I got three quarters of the way through this and finally gave it up. It was a rather boring story. None of the characters struck a fancy for me. I can predict what happens. He makes up with his Dad, he gets the girl and he redeems himself by reuniting the mother and the kids. That was another thing. This was nothing like I thought it was going to be about. It said historical fiction but it didn't seem to ever get to the history of these children being sold by their parents during the depression. I may be way off and probably am, in addition to shamefully writing a review about a book I didn't even finish. I will say though, that I found the author to tell a spin quite well. It just didn't grab me the way I like to be.

Oct 29, 2020

Well written. Parts of history are not always pleasant. A gentle reminder of difficult times and what was recorded as part of it. Good read.

Sep 17, 2020

Starts slow but does get oh soooooooo much better.

Sep 13, 2020

Somewhat of a sleeper. The book gets better as it goes, but it took some discipline to get to the point of wanting to keep reading. I was expecting better.

Sep 13, 2020

Not up to my expectations!

Jul 30, 2020

While I really liked the story line of this book, I did get a little bored with the author’s writing style. She seemed to have a checklist of things from that decade such as including mobsters, prohibition and speakeasies. She also became very repetitive with explaining how every room was smoke filled. When it came to the actual story of the children I was very interested, I was less interested between the report and the newspaper secretary lives and their strung together romance was a little incredulous as well.

Mar 31, 2020

The concept of a mother being so desperate that she offers to sell her children is heart-breaking, so I put off reading this one. But, with all the libraries being closed due to the Coronavirus, I finally gave in and I'm so glad I did. It had some sadness, but the real story is about two caring reporters, determined to ensure that the children are safe. It's a wild ride and you won't want to put it down.

Mar 07, 2020

Terrific story, terrific author.

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