While on vacation I had the privilege to access an early read (available 8/28) of a beautifully written book. Here are the details:
Title – Sold on a Monday
Author – Kristina McMorris
Specific fiction genre – historical fiction
Why I liked it – it is inspired by an event in history. This incredible story captures the depth of how people's decisions can have an unexpected impact on many lives. There are great discussion questions at the end of the book that really got me thinking even further about this unique story.
Here is the official description of the book:
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.