Book Review: Sold On A Monday

Book Summary:

In 1931 reporter Ellis Reed happens upon a sign on a farmhouse porch. It says: 2 CHILDREN FOR SALE

This kind of sign could be found anywhere during a time when breadlines, bank runs and poverty was the norm in America.

Ellie Reed snaps a photo of the children. This photo leads to his first big break at his newspaper, with consequences he could never have imagined.

Lillian Palmer, who also works at the newspaper, ends up joining Ellis as they try to find the children he came upon while out driving country roads.

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 Review:

This was a very touching book. It is about hard times in America, and the lengths people had to go to to survive.

It is about wanting something so much that you are ruthless in getting it.

Ellis does get his big break. But he finds that the way it came about sits heavily on his soul. And he wishes more than anything that he could take it back. To never have seen that sign in the first place.

The dedication at the beginning of the book reads: For the children in the picture.

I think that says it all.

About The Author:

Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author published by Sourcebooks Landmark, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Kensington Books.

Her novels have garnered more than two dozen prestigious awards and nominations, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA’s RITA® Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction.



  1. I heard of this book from my friend – her book club is reading it. I will order from the library when I can pick it up. This COVID-19 has us all locked down… library has been closed for months. I will write again when I read the book. Have a beautiful day!

  2. I’ll look for this one. I’ve read about the real family, there were four or five kids, actually, not just two. And, most of them had very sad lives afterwards, being raised by people who didn’t care much about them. No one in my family was sold that I know of, but there are instances in the several generations of the family, from the 1910s through the 1940s, of some family members having very sad and poverty-ridden childhoods due to tragedies such as the death of a parent or someone committing a crime. Life can throw some very tough situations at some people, as you well know.

  3. I could never read such a sad book. I know that such things existed in the past but I do not want to relive them in my head. Also the Magdalene sister apparently killed off a number of babies just because they were born out of wedlock. etc, etc. but I could not read a book and live it.

  4. This book sounds fascinating. I have it on my list to read! Thank you for sharing.

    I hope that you are doing better each day. How is Charlie? Make sure to take it slow so that your eye heals.

    Have a great day!

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