Weekly Wrap Up: September 2nd through September 8th)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Worldwielder

Dead Girls Don't Love

Sadie

The Breakup (The Jordan Brothers)

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)

 

Cowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas, #2)

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Sadie—review here

Sadie

The Breakup—review here

The Breakup (The Jordan Brothers)

Dagger’s Edge—review here

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)

Cowboy, Cross My Heart—review here

Cowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas Book 2) by [Grant, Donna]

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen—review here

Sold on a Monday—review here

Sold on a Monday

Second Chance At Two Love Lanereview here

Second Chance At Two Love Lane

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

What About Us (Panic, #4)

A Spark of Light

An Anonymous Girl

Email Request (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

 

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Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

Sold on a Monday

4 Stars

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Landmark

Date of publication: August 28th, 2018

Genre: Historical Fiction

Where you can find Sold on a Monday: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

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

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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.

My Review:

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I know I have mentioned this before but I tend to stay away from reading historical fiction. I don’t have anything against historical fiction, I don’t like to read it. In my experience, I have found that fictional retellings of famous events aren’t as good as I want them to be. There is always something left out. I liken it to books made into movies/TV series. 99% of them do not follow the book but there’s that 1% that not only follows it but is fantastic.  Sold on a Monday is that 1% for me.

Sold on a Monday is based on a real-life photograph that was taken during the Great Depression. If you have followed the story of the 4 children in that photograph, you know that they didn’t have a happy ending. That they were abused by the people who bought them. The author played the “what if” angle of that photograph. What if the mother had second thoughts? What if the photographer had remorse over publishing the picture? She also explored the reasons why a parent would choose to do something like that. The story that she created out of that photograph was heartbreaking.

What I liked about this book is that the main characters, Ellis and Lilly, were not perfect. Ellis had a strained relationship with his parents. His father was disappointed with the career choice that Ellis chose. Ellis believed that his father didn’t love him. That it should have been Ellis that died instead of his brother. Lilly was an unwed mother. If you know anything from that time, unwed mothers were not accepted by society. Jobs were not made available to them. Those women and their children were shunned, by family and strangers alike. Lilly couldn’t mention her son. If her boss found out, he would have fired her.

The main storyline was fantastic. That picture was not supposed to be published. When Lilly (yes, Lilly) saw it in the darkroom, she knew that it was something. She turned it into her boss, who in turn told Ellis to write the story about it. I was a little miffed at Lilly at that point. I was thinking to myself “Why can’t she mind her own business!!“. But, she knew it was something and that could push Ellis’s career into the spotlight.

I felt awful that Ellis had so much guilt over the children being bought. So much guilt that he tracked them down to make sure that they were alright. He earned hero status in my eyes when he rescued Calvin from that farm. It made me angry to think that children were treated like that back then. But in hindsight, they were considered property….like the women were. So, I shouldn’t have been so surprised.

The storyline with Lilly, her parents and Samuel were sweet. It was refreshing to read a book where the daughter was loved regardless of what she did. I liked that her parents 100% stood behind her with keeping Samuel. For that era, they were an anomaly. How Lilly was with Samuel touched my heart also. She loved her son and would do anything for him. That meant weeks working in the city and weekends home with him. Everything she did was for him.

The storyline with Ellis and his family annoyed me, to be honest. Ellis came across as a petulant little boy, not a grown man. The whole dinner scene left a bad taste in my mouth. Instead of reaching out, Ellis thought it was because his father thought Ellis should be dead instead of his brother. When his father finally told Ellis the true reason why he didn’t like his career choice, Ellis was like “Oh, ok“. He did apologize but it came across as insincere.

I was surprised that there was romance in this book. I was even more surprised when there was an implied love triangle. I thought the book could have done without romance. While it did add some depth to the plotline, I didn’t see the need for it.

The end of Sold on a Monday is heartbreaking. There is a twist in the plot that I saw coming. I was still surprised by the outcome. It forced a reconciliation between Ellis and his parents. I wouldn’t say that it was a happy ending because of what happened to Ruby’sadoptive” mother. I also didn’t see Lilly making the choice that she did.

I enjoyed the afterward that the author note at the end of the book. I agreed with everything that she wrote.

What I liked about Sold on a Monday:

A) Main characters were not perfect

B) The main storyline

C) Lilly’s parents

What I disliked about Sold on a Monday:

A) Ellis. He annoyed me

B) Lilly showing the photo to the chief

C) The romance angle of the book

I gave Sold on a Monday a 4-star rating. This was a great book that was set during the Great Depression. This book was historically accurate. I did get annoyed with Ellis during the book. I also got annoyed with Lily. But overall a great book.

I gave Sold on a Monday an Older Teen rating. There is no sex (some kissing, though). There is no language. There is some mild violence. I would suggest that no one under 16 read this book.

I would reread Sold on a Monday. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank Sourcebooks, Landmark, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Sold on a Monday.

All opinions stated in this review of Sold on a Monday are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Weekly Wrap Up (August 26th through September 1st)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Sold on a Monday

Second Chance At Two Love Lane

Don't Look Back (Unbroken Heroes, #6)

I Do Not Trust You

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Don’t Look Back—review here

Don't Look Back (Unbroken Heroes, #6)

 

I Do Not Trust You—review coming September 7th

I Do Not Trust You

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo—review here

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)

Maybe for You—review here

Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)

Eight Goodbyes—review here

Eight Goodbyes

Project Prometheus—review here

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall, #2)

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Sisters of the Fire (Blood and Gold, #2)

Email Request (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Days of Reign

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Weekly Wrap Up

WWW Wednesday: August 29th 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What’s going on with me this past week:

I have had a repeat of last week. I have barely read anything. I have been so busy.  I had Open House for my older two kids (5th and 7th grade) on Friday. Didn’t get home until past 7pm. Spent Saturday and Sunday getting last minute stuff done for back to school. The big day was Monday. I started my day at 5:30 am and didn’t sit down until 8:30 pm. I have also had a hard time adjusting to getting up at 5:30. Put it this way, I fell asleep on my couch at 8:30 pm last night. I am usually asleep by 11:00 pm. So, yeah, I haven’t been reading. I plan on doing that after I type out a book review.


What I am currently reading:

Second Chance At Two Love Lane

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From USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer, comes Second Chance at Two Love Lane, a fast-paced tale about the intoxicating effects of fame and what happens when a past romance is rekindled behind the silver screen.

Sometimes love is waiting in the second act…

In her professional career, Ella Mancini plays matchmaker at Two Love Lane but, in her personal life, she takes the stage at the Dock Street Theatre. Now she has a chance at a new role in a Hollywood movie that happens to be filming in Charleston—one that features a big-name actress, Samantha Drake. Long ago, Ella passed up a major audition while awaiting a marriage proposal. Not only didn’t she get the role; she never got the ring, either. Instead, her boyfriend Hank went on to become a huge film star…leaving her, and all her dreams, behind.

But now Hank’s back in Charleston, cast as the male lead in the same movie Ella’s in. In spite of the dramatic tension off-screen, he and Ella try to stay cool onset. But when their old feelings start to heat up—at the same time leading-lady Samantha tries to play cupid—all bets are off. How can Hank convince Ella, after all this time, that she’s the one he really wants to be with in real life—and that some happy, rom-com endings really can come true?

I’ve only read the prologue of this book. So, I can’t give what I think about it. The prologue was good and sweet. I am hoping that the book lives up to it. Second Chance at Two Love Lane is available now. Be on the lookout for my review by the end of the week.


What I finished reading:

Don't Look Back (Unbroken Heroes, #6)

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In DON’T LOOK BACK by Dawn Ryer, she is the only woman worth fighting – or dying – for…

Shadow Ops Agent Thais Sinclair has sworn off falling in love for good. It’s what’s kept her calculated, steady, and on-task in a world dominated by men. She needs nothing and no one but her own wits and strength to guide her. But when she’s slated to shadow the one man who could reveal their entire operation, all bets are off.

Dunn Bateson, illegitimate son of a Southern debutante, has always had to fight harder than the rest to get what he wants. Now, the last thing he needs is Thais following his every move. She is so strong, sly, seductive. . . No woman has ever captivated him so completely. Thais may only have room for her mission in her heart, but is Dunn up to the challenge of showing her that she’s worth every risk he is willing to take?

I was NOT a fan of this book. It is rare that I do not like books but this one had me beyond confused. Don’t Look Back is available now. Be on the lookout for my review within the next couple of days.


What I am reading next (click on the pictures for Amazon links):

Sold on a MondayCowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas, #2)The Breakup (The Jordan Brothers)

Sold on a Monday: I am intrigued by this book and can’t wait to read it. This might be a book that needs a Kleenex!! Sold on a Monday is available now to buy. Be on the lookout for my review at some point within the next week.

Cowboy, Cross My Heart: I am not a huge fan of cowboy romances. But when the publisher approached me to review this book, I said: “Why not“. Cowboy, Cross My Heart is available now to buy. My review should be up at some point within the next week.

Dagger’s Edge: Another book where I was intrigued by the blurb. I normally don’t read crime romance (ie mob) but I do read romantic suspense. So, I am looking forward to reading. Dagger’s Edge is available now to buy. Be on the lookout for my review within the next week.

The Breakup: I had read and reviewed The Hookup and loved it. So I needed to read The Breakup. Hopefully, I like it!! The Breakup is available now to buy. Be on the lookout for my review within the next week.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!