The Effects of our Actions | Sold On A Monday By Kristina McMorris

Title: Sold on a Monday
By: Kristina McMorris
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 352
Release Date: August 28th, 2018
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Landmark

Summary from Goodreads: From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history.


The scrawled sign, peddling young siblings on a farmhouse porch, captures the desperation sweeping the country in 1931. It’s an era of breadlines, bank runs, and 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 the image leads to his big break, the consequences are devastating in ways he never imagined.

Haunted by secrets of her own, secretary Lillian Palmer sees more in the picture than a good story and is soon drawn into the fray. Together, the two set out to right a wrongdoing and mend a fractured family, at the risk of everything they value. 

Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers across the nation, this touching novel explores the tale within the frame and behind the lens—a journey of ambition, love, and the far-reaching effects of our actions. 

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“A vivid and original story... McMorris brilliantly chronicles the way in which a moment's fateful choice can result in a lifetime of harrowing consequences. A masterpiece that poignantly echoes universal themes of loss and redemption, Sold on a Monday is both heartfelt and heartbreaking." 

—Pam Jenoff, 
New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan's Tale

Review: Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and to know that this book has some basis in reality, is truly heart wrenching. It starts with a photo, one that has been seen millions of times over the years. This story was so wonderfully written that I had a heard time putting it down. Amidst the great depression, parents did what they could to feed their families, even selling them so they could live. The book dives deeper into the lives of these people and the people around them. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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