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Sold on a Monday

A Novel
Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes the story behind the picture is worth a thousand more. 

2 CHILDREN FOR SALE. 

In 1931, near Philadelphia, ambitious reporter Ellis Reed photographs the gut-wrenching sign posted beside a pair of siblings on a farmhouse porch. With the help of newspaper secretary Lily Palmer, Ellis writes an article to accompany the photo. Capturing the hardships of American families during the Great Depression, the feature story generates national attention and Ellis's career skyrockets. 

But the piece also leads to consequences more devastating than he and Lily ever imagined - and it will risk everything they value to unravel the mystery and set things right. 

Inspired by a newspaper photo that stunned readers throughout the country, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of ambition, redemption, love, and family.

©2018 Kristina McMorris (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • Lashawn
  • 13-10-2018

Not what I anticipated...

The cover of this book is what drew me in. I was hoping it would be a riveting story like 'Before We Were Yours', given the summary and subject matter. However, it took 12 chapters for anything all that interesting to happen. If I hadn't chosen this to be our book of the month for our book club, I'm not sure I would have been all that interested in continuing with it. The story did eventually pick up, but there were some far fetched plot lines toward the end that didn't seem very realistic. Also, the audible file shows 44 chapters but ended at 39. This was also very misleading, as I was expecting more to the story. All in all the book was okay, but not one I would recommend to others. Especially given the really slow build and abrupt end. Rather disappointing, actually.

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  • Taintedrose76
  • 14-10-2018

loved it

I highly enjoyed this book. the way it tells the story of days past and pulls at your heart strings.
I'm so glad I got it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-2019

Wanted stories on children who persevered

Was hoping for a story focusing primarily on the children sold during the Great Depression. Instead, The main subjects of the reporters took center stage. A descent book for a long road trip . .

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  • Hossie
  • 12-07-2019

Predictable and uninteresting

This book was just okay. I didn't really care about any of the characters that much and the plot line got more and more predictable as it went on. It wasn't difficult to get through, but it also wasn't a book that, I was anxious to get another moment to pick it up

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  • Linda
  • 17-06-2019

wouldn't recommend

i struggled to listen to the whole book. I found it long and drawn out.

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  • Emilie
  • 22-05-2019

More of an after school special than historical fiction

This book was fine if you are interested in a very light and predictable plot. There were extremely few details structured around any history, more the use of everyday knowledge of prohibition to host the setting. I learned as much from it as I would a show on the Hallmark channel.

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  • RubyDuby
  • 08-01-2019

eh! so much promise, so little fulfilled

engaging plot but too many holes and lack of character development to maintain interest. I finished it but only because this was a pick for my book club. may request a refund of my audible credit and am very unlikely to read another book by this author.

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  • Elizabeth W. Lister
  • 21-09-2018

A newspaper women’s place in the 1900s.

This book started off slow but soon speeded up with many twists and turns. It depicted the times well and women’s place in society. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-2019

Sad reality for poor families in the past.

This was a nail biting novel. all the twists & turns. Excellent writing & narration.

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  • Kenneth Davis, Jr.
  • 14-03-2019

Can’t put it down

This is one of those books that, once I got into it, I had to finish. Ellis May have taken a bit to develop, but Lily grabbed me right away. When Ruby was introduced, she charmed me immediately. There was just enough foreshadowing to keep you reading without completely giving the whole story away, and several plot twists not to be missed. Given the TRUE story that inspired this tale, and it’s sad outcome, I feared that the ending would hold similar tragedy. However, the ending, if not without its own tragic complications, was quite satisfying. I found myself wishing for an epilogue set perhaps a year after the story ends. I really wanted to see how the characters were doing.

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