Sold on a Monday (Paperback)

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While broken down on a rural country road, Ellis Reed, a reporter for a Philadelphia newspaper, takes a photo of two children with a sign in front of them reading "For Sale". Lillian Palmer, a secretary at the same paper, sees more in the photo than just a story and submits it to their boss. So begins a tale of secrets and lies against the backdrop of the desperate times of 1931 America. Kristina McMorris once again creates a spellbinding tale that drew me in from the very beginning. The perilous environment of the Great Depression where your livelihood balances on a fine edge between survival and the breadlines, the sacrifices made in the name of family are vividly brought to life in this heartbreaking novel. Inspired by an actual photo, this book sheds the light on a desolate period in our country's history. I highly recommend this book! (Lisa)

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The New York Times and USA Today bestseller

From 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492663997
ISBN-10: 1492663999
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: September 1st, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English