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Book Review: Sold On A Monday

Sold On A Monday was written by Kristina McMorris and published by Sourcebooks Landmark in 2018.You may purchase it at Visit the author on Facebook or learn more about her at


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. 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.

There’s something about historical fiction that excites the interest of readers who love blending the reality of a bygone era with the creative imaginations of a talented author, but when you see a sign in a photograph that promotes the sale of children, well, that sets off a very heavy weight of humane significance- and it’s a story that must be read. Much has been written about the depression with its soup lines and the horrific poverty that consumed and altered so many families but the idea that anyone would go to the unimaginable lengths to sell their children is almost beyond understanding.

The photograph that reporter Ellis Reed snaps sets into motion events that will haunt and capture the resolve of all of the people around him. In the end, the story they discover is one that will grip every emotion a human can have, especially when it involves the concept of family and the measures someone will go to in order to survive.

Kristina McMorris in an exceptional writer and author who has earned her right to be at the top of many best seller lists. It’s no wonder Sold On A Monday has sold more than 500,000 copies.

Her prose throughout the book is pleasantly descriptive, giving me a time travel trip back to those exceptionally bleak but character-building times. The novel reads as if the author actually lived during that hardened age. It’s a top shelf book that will be talked about and read for years to come.

I give Sold On A Monday a solid 5 stars.

Kristina McMorris is featured to be a guest on The Writers Lounge Podcast located on this site.

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